The Coffee Shack Review (Captain Cook, Hawaii)

From all the reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon, The Coffee Shack sounded a lot like our beloved Kalaheo Coffee Co. on Kauai. So the first morning of our 10-day stay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we hopped in our rental car and drove from Kailua-Kona to Captain Cook to check out this restaurant for breakfast.

Perched high on the mountain slope, The Coffee Shack’s scenic location offers an incomparable view of Kealakekua Bay, where the famous explorer Captain James Cook first arrived in Hawaii. Open everyday for breakfast and lunch, from 7:30am until 3:00pm, this terrace deli a favorite stop for tourists and locals alike.

The dining area is an open lanai overlooking 26 miles of coastline. This informal spot has a white trellised deck, which is framed by palm, banana and avocado trees.

Lovely tropical flowers, like these beautiful flamingo lilies, decorated each table in the dining area.

Our aloha mugs containing freshly brewed aromatic coffee were topped up frequently by friendly servers. The interesting thing to note about The Coffee Shack’s 100% Kona coffee is that it is grown on the mountainside directly below restaurant, starting at the 1,400 foot elevation. This slightly higher altitude makes the coffee smooth in taste with plenty of body. The Coffee Shack family owns this surrounding orchard of fully producing 75 year old coffee trees, Kahauloa Estate.

Banana Bread ($3.00) – This homemade baked good is made fresh daily at The Coffee Shack. (All their desserts, pastries and breads are baked in-house). This particular slice was a moist, thick-cut piece with tons of sweet banana flavor.

Eggs Benedict ($11.95) – Toasted English muffin, sliced Canadian bacon, topped with the Coffee Shack’s famous hollandaise sauce. This dish was served with a choice of either potatoes or rice, and Gary opted for the fried potatoes. Soft poached eggs were cooked to a reveal their oozing, bright golden-yellow yolks and the creamy hollandaise was fresh and tangy.

French Toast($9.95) – Made with their homemade luau poi bread, this dish was a little disappointing for me as it was quite dry. Inevitably, I had to drench the toast in syrup and butter to moisten it up a bit. I presume its dryness was the reason it was served with three packets of butter on the plate.

We had high expectations of The Coffee Shack, having read the outstanding reviews on both Urbanspoon and Yelp. We found the food to be okay, but the not mind blasting fare others had previously raved about. The view, however, was lovely. Overall, The Coffee Shack serves plenty of large portions of homemade creations, and provides sprawling scenery of Kealakekua Bay. The fact that you’re drinking Kona coffee right where the beans are harvested is another bonus – you can’t get any fresher than that!

The Coffee Shack on Urbanspoon

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Gary and Taya Ng are the Founders of Eating In Vancouver & the World. This husband and wife team search for the best dining experiences - including restaurant launches, new menu tastings and culinary events. Learn more about the couple here and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

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