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Saturday, June 16, 2007

More from our day in Hilo yesterday... We drove around the island yesterday (ended up at the Keei cafe as I wrote last night) it was a nice day. Did some research, had lots of time to chat and think and just consider options since this is where we want to move to after tokyo. One big point of the day was visiting Ken's House of Pancakes. a true diner in Hilo. Fits all my rules for what makes a real diner. Older auntie and grandma type waitresses, hot, fast and good food. And most important Open 24hrs a day (and serves breakfast dishes all day) They even have open-faced hot turkey sandwiches (which I have to try next time) breakfast dishes are between 5-8$ and our food was lightnin' fast. I had tea (of course) and one waitress who talked to us as been at kens the whole 30 yrs they have been open. She was 75 and still waitressing, talking to tables, and staying fit and active.

for food, I had pancakes (dollar size) and my other half had 2 eggs any style with homefries and bacon. and pancakes very tasty as evidenced by the speed with which he consumed them.

I loved Ken's but it was bitter sweet as well. Mostly because one of the businesses we have been considering opening in Hilo would be a breakfast/bakery and deli joint. Going head to head against Ken's 6$ breakfast....???? not so sure anymore. But still considering. we have lots of other good ideas cooking on the stove too right now. we will see what the next year and 1/2 brings.

anyway, loved Ken's it is a real institution and good diners are a dying breed so I am thrilled that there is one on the Big Island. YUM -
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