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Old 11-08-2009, 09:07 AM   #91
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Man the food at Narcoosses' (however you spell it lol) looks amazing and looks to be a great use of the dining plan.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:02 PM   #92
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Man the food at Narcoosses' (however you spell it lol) looks amazing and looks to be a great use of the dining plan.
All things aside, I think it is a great use of the dining plan. Especially for us, since we don't eat breakfast everyday it makes it easier to do more 2 credit signature restaurants.
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:03 PM   #93
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Second Full Day - Breakfast

Normally we are not big breakfast eaters but I had read about so many awesome places for breakfast that I had a hard time figuring out which ones to book for us. I had promised Candi we wouldn’t do breakfast every morning as this was supposed to be a more “relaxed” trip … HA! Who am I kidding?

Anyway, this morning we were headed to



I was SO excited because I had read so many amazing reviews on this restaurant. Once again we arrived about 20 minutes early, but this time it appeared to be for the better as there was quite a long line when we arrived. After finding the end of the line we realized it wasn’t quite as bad as it seemed – it was sort of “mixed in” with the Ohana line. By this I just mean that you couldn’t really tell where the line for one ended and the line for the other began until you got close enough to see which way people were standing. We hopped in line and I took pictures as we moved along



Kona is somewhat open to the Polynesian hotel – there aren’t any walls on one side and you can see the pretty waterfall that they have in the lobby.





I liked all the unique light fixtures I kept seeing everywhere

After about 10 minutes we were already at the front of the line. Then this couple walked up and cut everybody in line and walks directly up to the check-in podium. Apparently she didn’t find it necessary to wait in line because she had an ADR. Ummmmm, sweetie pretty much all of us have ADRs. The hostess politely let her know this and that it should only take a few minutes before it would be her turn. To which the customer stated “well, I’m late and my ADR time was for 10 minutes ago so you should check me in now”. WHAT?!?!? In the end she got mad and stormed off yelling at her Husband to get on the phone and find somewhere else to eat.

Once we checked in we only had to wait about 10 more minutes before we were seated which was only 5 minutes or so after our ADR time.

We were seated to the side of the restaurant in a little booth for two – I love these and think they super cute. Candi hates booths but did not make a fuss or asked to be moved to a regular table or anything.

Our waitress came to the table within 2 minutes of us being seated and took our drink orders. She let us know that we could get 2 drinks and that most people get one hot (coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate etc) and one cold drink (water, tea, juice etc). She also informed us that smoothies were included in the dining plan and then gave us a minute to decide while she gave the same information to the table next to us. She quickly came back and got our drink orders and left us to go over the menus.

It took her about 5 minutes to get back with our drinks and take our order but she was super apologetic and it was completely obvious that she was in charge of WAY too many tables.

Candi ordered the supercharged tropical smoothie ($4.29) and the Big Kahuna ($11.99)



The smoothie was a blend of tropical juice with yogurt and I believe a protein powder. The big kahuna included: Eggs (he ordered them over easy), ham, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, French toast and macadamia-pineapple pancakes.

He enjoyed the smoothie A LOT, he said it was super refreshing and loved the juices in it. For his actual meal he said the eggs were perfect – not too runny but not too cooked; the potatoes needed salt and were fine after that, the bacon was too crispy, the sausage was good, the ham was incredible, the French toast was “ok” and the pancakes were delicious. I believe this was the only meal he couldn’t actually finish and he said it was because he was too full and not because of the way it tasted or anything. I had a bite of the French toast and agreed that it wasn’t anything worth ordering and the potatoes tasted great but didn’t seem like breakfast food in my opinion. I also had the pancakes and agreed that they were really good and I had a drink of his smoothie. It was good but not my favorite combination of flavors.

I ordered pineapple juice ($2.29) and the tonga toast with bacon ($10.99)



Mmmmmmmmm tonga toast – this was the entire reason I chose Kona Café. I LOVE bananas and cinnamon so this was like a heavenly creation for me! I tried a bite with the strawberry stuff first but didn’t like the way it changed the flavoring so I ate it without it for the most part. I really, really enjoyed it – the bananas were perfectly warm and the breading was delicious. I do have to admit that I couldn’t finish it – both because I got too full and it got too sweet at the end. However, if we go back to Kona I will definitely order it again. This was the only thing I ever ordered that Candi didn’t want to try because he hates bananas as much as I love them. However, a promise is a promise so he did it anyway. I honestly think he had to force himself to swallow it and didn’t even have to respond for me to know he hated it Again, this has everything to do with the fact that he hates bananas so his opinion really doesn’t count on this one! Whereas Candi thought the bacon was too crispy I thought it was perfect and ate it all and enjoyedit! As far as the pineapple juice goes it tasted really watered down and didn’t have a very strong pineapple taste to me so I was disappointed. Candi agreed with me on this one.

At one point Candi really wanted to order the Kona blend coffee but since coffee in general gives him massive heartburn he decided against it. As our second drink we both got a bottled water to take with us – this was suggested by our waitress when she realized we hadn’t ordered a second drink. It was a great idea and I never would have thought of it.

When our waitress brought our check, which by the way wasn’t the only time we saw her , she also brought us a special surprise



Coco Puffs! They were SO good and super thoughtful of Kona to do for us! I don’t normally eat dessert for breakfast but these were delicious and we LOVED them. I’m not sure if these are offered as a dessert option for lunch or dinner but if they are I would definitely get them!



This was the chocolate stamp on the plate – so super cute!!!

Our overall thoughts on Kona Café:

It did seem as though they were understaffed, as I said our waitress had more tables than she probably should have. I’m not sure if this is normal or if they were just short staffed that day It did affect the service a little bit, but our waitress (Donna) was always super friendly and apologetic about it. The food was great, with the exception of the pineapple juice, and the dessert was a sweet gesture by the restaurant. There are so many places we want to try so I don’t know if we will be back on our next trip since we don’t do breakfast every day. However, we will definitely be back sometime in the future!

Starting Credits:

Snack – 28 (14 each)
Meal – 38 (19 each)

Credits Used vs Cost:

Smoothie, pineapple juice, tonga toast with bacon and big kahuna: 2 table service credits used - $31.49 after tax

* I just realized when looking at the receipt that she didn’t put the bottled waters on there so I’m not sure how much those were – sorry!
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:22 PM   #95
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I miss Kona...
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:59 PM   #97
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Your filet from Narcossee's looks INCREDIBLE! How exactly was the sauce flavored??
I'm subscribing and can't wait to read more!!
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:05 PM   #98
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Wow great pics! I'm drooling here!
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:25 PM   #99
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Loving this report, keep it coming!
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:43 PM   #100
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I just found your report and have read every page already! You do a great job and now I feel I need a bedtime snack.

Kona is on my list this next visit and i have never been so I loved reading your thoughts... I have one problem...

I don't know if I want the pancakes or the tonga toast. Decisions, decisions... life can be so hard.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:43 AM   #101
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I can't believe that horror story about the service at Narcoossee's! I'm usually the first to jump to the defense of a server (I work in food service myself), because generally the qualms are a little ridiculous but the way you were treated... Yikes. That just sounds horrible! I'm glad the food was good though! I want to try Narcoossee's, but I live in Maine and think it's insanity that they're charging 50+ bucks for a lobster when prices are super low right now! Oh well, it's worth it for the experience, I suppose!

Can't wait for the rest of your reviews!
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:58 AM   #102
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Oooh Kona Cafe looks so good at 1 in the morning. My mom is always talking about how she wants to try the Tonga Toast and it does look and sound really yummy. I just love your report.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:17 AM   #103
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I am really enjoying your reviews. Keep them coming.
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Love your reviews and the free dessert looked amazing!
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I am subscribing to your reviews. We also have reservations for Kona it looks so cheery and the food looks amazing. Too bad about the service at Narcosees. Can't wait to read more.
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