Green Line: Food on Monsarrat
The Green Line on Waikiki Trolley is the Scenic Diamond Head Sightseeing Tour. A little known fact is that the Monsarrat Ave Stop on this sightseeing tour turns into a food extravaganza. This sleepy little street hosts over 10 unique places to eat. The Green Line stops every 35 minutes on Monsarrat Avenue. The first stop is at 9:25am and the last stop is at 4:25pm. Here are our top 6 places to eat on Monsarrat Avenue.
Plate lunches are being served up hot at the Pioneer Saloon. While the name might make you believe that Pioneer Saloon is an American eatery, they actually specialize in a variety of plate lunches. The plate lunch is an old Hawaiian classic; it comes from the plantation days when people would work the pineapple fields. They were fed one meal during their work day that comprised of meat, mac (macaroni) salad and two scoops of rice.
Insider Tip: explore the shave ice store around the corner in the alley. You won’t be disappointed.
Bogart’s Cafe is a staple on Montserrat known for breakfast (in particular, their delicious pancakes), healthy fried rice, and amazing acai bowls. Bogart’s has an extensive menu and serves breakfast all day. Due to their popularity, they are opening an international location in Osaka, Japan. Open daily from 6am to 7pm.
Locally owned and operated by four friends, Banan brings healthy, wholesome, and affordable meal made from fresh produce picked right from the islands. Banan is a soft serve banana ice cream bowl (no dairy) with fresh fruit in it similar to an acai bowl. This place wins with fruit lovers and vegans, the banan bowls are made with only local apple bananas that are frozen like a soft serve.
Diamond Head Grill
An awesome plate lunch with a plethora of options. The wasabi ahi plate is amazing! Inside has a great selection of baked goods, desserts, and additional menu items. Diamond Head Grill is known for their scones that are baked daily and usually sell out in the morning, so if you want to try one you should try to get on the first Trolley of the day.
Da Cove is a health bar and cafe that serves one of the best acai bowls on the island. They have several options for acai and pitaya (dragon fruit) bowls as well as fresh fruit smoothies, salads and a variety of sandwiches. Da Cove prides themselves on helping out the aina (land) and participating in community service. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Da Cove hosts live music and features an island beverage called Awa (kava drink).
South Shore Grill
South Shore Grill is a self proclaimed fish taco paradise. They have perfected the art of the fish taco, featuring fresh fish, amazing homemade slaw, tomato, green onion, and a drizzle of garlic aioli. Make sure to visit them on Tuesdays for Taco Tuesday where their taco’s are just $2.50.