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Rated #1 Inexpensive Breakfast in West Maui
In a nutshell: Affordable casual oceanside breakfast and lunch right on Napili Bay.
Minuses: The line to get in.
Sound-bite: [ding!-ding!] “Whale-Ho!”
Oceanside at the Napili Shores condos, The Gazebo sits next to the pool at an aging condo complex. If you didn't know any better, you wouldn't guess this line is actually for people waiting to be seated at the condo's poolside snack shack.
The Gazebo only serves breakfast and lunch (breakfast menu is also available during lunch) - and, sorry, they don't take reservations.
In fact, there is almost always the guarantee of a 15 - 30+ minute line; but the wait can be put to good use gawking at the scenery and quizzing the repeat customers (and getting hungry!) They also have free self-serve coffee while you wait. Once inside Service is fast and friendly.
You can minimize your wait by showing up just before they open - or a secret that not many know: call ten minutes ahead for takeout!
The Gazebo is best known for their huge, fluffy pancakes topped with a generous dollop of their secret (and sinful) sweet creme concoction. Everyone should be required to order at least a small stack to split among the table. For the full effect, suspend all cares of how you're going to look in that bikini and slather the sweet Hawaiian coconut syrup on top of these already sugar-coma-inducing pancake confections. Welcome to Hawaii pancake heaven!
The breakfast fried rice is also a solid winner. And the absurdly large portion of fried rice makes the other generously sized dishes look small in comparison - a full order could be split among a table full of Sumo wrestlers - and even a half-order can be amply split as a substantial side for a trio of linebackers.
Since it is perched next to, and above the bay, the Gazebo has spectacular ocean views with Moloka'i island standing mystically out of reach. Diners frequently spot green sea turtles close to shore, and during the winter and spring months the magnificent humpback whales frolic as your unforgettable breakfast entertainment.
The Gazebo can be a bit tricky to find if you're flying blind, but if you map out Napili Shores ahead of time (map below), all you need to do is park at the condos as a guest, then find the pool. The line is a dead giveaway. ;-)
Oh, and don't forget to apply sunscreen before you go!
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