Ken's House of Pancakes
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- 88%Budget Travelers
- 63%Family Travelers
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- Ken's House of PancakesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
I didn't have pancakes, but I did have me some Loco Moco with brown rice. It was very tasty and had a lot of flavor to the brown gravy. And all for less than $10! Good place for Loco Moco if you have a craving for it. Service was also good.Recommended for:
- Ken's House of PancakesMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersNightlife Lovers
Ken's is the Denny's of Hilo. We've all been there, drunk and/or sober. Haha. Actually now that I think about it, I've only been here after drinking. The food is mediocre but we all come here for the atmosphere and the nostalgia.Recommended for:
- Ken's House of PancakesMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7
Get a taste of the local flair and flavor. Outside of the center of town Ken's is truly for locals. From what I've been told it's the only 24/7 dinning establishment on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Great variety of diner and local style dishes with some healthy and vegetarian options to choose from as well. At peak times the place is always packed but the staff is so on point that chances are you won't have to wait long for a table or your meal.Recommended for:
- Ken's House of PancakesMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure Travelers
Where else are you going to go after a night of Mauna Kea stargazing, or early in the morning before making the drive down to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park? This 24-hour highway diner in Hilo is not just about the pancakes topped with lilikoi or coconut syrup. They've also got huge plates of loco moco and other island faves, along with your typical mainland Denny's type of grub.Recommended for:
- Ken's House of PancakesMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2
Entire menu served all day and open for 24 hours; this place is a must. If you looking to grab breakfast food late night, have a home style family meal or just looking for the largest variety of good eats and filling portions this place is for you. A corner stone of Hilo cuisine this place has been around for decades and is not only know for its pancakes that come with a delicious variety of syrups but for it's legendary large 'Sumo Loco Moco' and 'Sumo Min'. Their menu is probably the most extensive around and has many healthy options, food for specialty diets and some delicious vegetarian options as well. So go in, give them a try and if your brave or hungry enough try a Sumo and be ready for a tasty, home style adventure.Recommended for:
- Ken's House of PancakesCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4
Amazing portions, a diverse menu and great service make this 24-hour diner a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The macadamia nut pancakes (with coconut, lilikoi and guava syrups) and the Portuguese sausage omelet with kimchi are the way to go!Recommended for:
- Ken's House of Pancakes
Ken's House of Pancakes is always consistent. And if you go for breakfast; you won't need lunch! What a way to start your day. You can always substitute tomatoes or cottage cheese for some of the starches, that will make you feel better as you eat that side stack of pancakes that comes with toast, and choice of rice or potatoes. Nightly specials too, nearby and good food.
- Ken's House of Pancakes
I so desperately wanted to love Ken's House of Pancakes and particularly their Loco Moko, but I didn't. To be fair, this is more a review of their LM, than the place itself. The place pushes all my buttons from the "institution" status to the atmosphere, which was indeed fun.
That said, their Loco Moko was just nasty. Given I love rice, eggs, beef and gravy, the LM is a no-brainer for me and I've enjoyed it elsewhere, but it just didn't work. The beef just wasn't right...
- Ken's House of PancakesMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
The only place to go for late night and early morning meals. A coffee shop similar to Denny's and IHOP in some ways, but so different in so many ways.
This place IS Hawaiian food in the best sense. The menu is truly local food, while catering to tourists by serving familiar menu items with island touches, like tropical syrup on familiar pancakes.
It's very close to the airport, on the way to the beaches, and right next to Hilo Bay.
A convenient location for local fare!