Posts Tagged ‘Tip Top Motel & Cafe’

The Tip Top Motel & Cafe (at Lihu’e on Kaua’i)

February 20, 2010

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I have another 1940s-Pocahontas-grain-elevator story, but I don’t have it ready to go yet. However, when I do post it, you’ll find it is just a t-a-d, very loosely related to the post below.

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Banana pancakes with "homemade kettle cooked Guava Pineapple Jam" at the Tip Top Cafe, Lihu'e, Hawaii. (Click photo to "t-a-s-t-e"!)*

Three days ago Bill and I returned from a business trip to Hawaii.  Our Oahu destination was predetermined. We also fit in a day-trip to Kaua’i. Our Valentine’s Day trip involved an approximately 100-mile, 30-minute-each-way round trip flight from Honolulu (Oahu) to Lihu’e (Kaua’i).

When we arrived at Lihu’e around 9:00 AM, Bill and I asked the airport shuttle driver and also the car rental attendant where we should have breakfast. (After all, the best people to ask for advice are the locals.) The first (actually only) recommendation given by each was Lihue’s Tip Top Cafe.  What a great recommendation.

I rarely have pancakes…not because I don’t like them, but because of how I feel after I eat them.  I am so glad I ate the banana pancakes with guava pineapple jam at the Tip Top Cafe.  Mmmm, mmmm, good! I hate to admit it, but I also doused my pancakes with coconut syrup. Um, and added a little bit of maple syrup, too. Soooo good. (And, my tummy felt fine afterward.)

(Did you click on the photo yet?)

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*Photo-posting permission is granted by Jonathan who runs the cafe that was started in 1916. Because the cafe is now combined with a motel, it is also referred to as the “Tip Top Motel & Cafe.”

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