Seriously BIG Pancakes in Waikiki

Words cannot even begin to describe the size of the pancakes at Waikiki’s MAC 24/7. Just opened less than a year ago, this restaurants aims to cater to the late night/early morning and all-hours-between Hawaii crowd, serving breakfast and ‘real’ food throughout the day.

The concept is ‘Modern American Cuisine’, hence the name “MAC,” and they deliver with renditions of mac ‘n cheese, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and most importantly, the biggest pancakes I’ve ever encountered.

This picture does not come close to doing the size of the pancakes justice. By size I mean each pancake comes 14 inches wide and at least an inch tall. And there are three pancakes to an order. It’s a staggering sight. Shann, Trisha, and I split this for dinner and we could barely put away half the order. And we like our pancakes! After debating for far too long between pancake contenders such as kona coffee with a mocha drizzle, peanut butter swirled with bacon, and another option of pineapple, coconut, and mac nuts, we choose the banana, walnut, and chocolate chip pancakes. As far as taste goes, they are not the best pancakes you’ll find on the island (that award rightfully belongs to either Jack’s in Aina Haina or Kailua’s Cinnamon’s). But they are the biggest. And no one can argue that. The pancakes themselves are plain with sautéed slices of bananas, sugared walnuts and milk chocolate discs layered between. I have no idea how they manage to cook such a huge creation evenly throughout, no squishy innards here. They were on the dry side though, but I’d rather face dry pancakes than those with undercooked centers.

It’s served with guava, maple and coconut syrup, a nice touch, though I found it unnecessary given the wide additions of toppings that already came on the pancakes. What I would have liked though, was a generous pat of butter!

But I suppose it was better that I didn’t request for butter…I already felt a heart failure coming on at the thought of eating those pancakes!

MAC 24/7

2500 Kuhio Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

(808) 921-5564

9 Comments
  • anonymous
    July 12, 2007

    those are some humongous pancakes. How do you run across these finds? At first, I thought that you listed the wrong address for the restaurant….2500 Kuhio Ave. didn’t seem to have any restaurants ( I live close by in Waikiki ). But their website, shows that the restaurant is located on the backside of the hotel that fronts Kuhio Ave.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 12, 2007

    Hey Ron!Oops, sorry I didn’t make that clear! The restaurant is inside the Waikiki Prince Kuhio (free validated parking :) It was such a strange looking restaurant…wasn’t sure if I like the decor…but those pancakes, man, you just have to go to see the SIZE of those things!

  • Madam Chow
    July 12, 2007

    Oh, yum! Kathy, I have tagged you!

  • anonymous
    July 12, 2007

    Hey Kathy! Wow…you put up posts faster than anyone I know! I’ve always wondered about that place…how much were the pancakes? And too bad they were so huge, otherwise I might have heard a review on some of the other food.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 13, 2007

    Hey Madam Chow!Yay thanks! I just posted! :)Hey Anuhea!The pancakes were $12 – expensive for pancakes, but cheap considering that it fed all three of us (with leftovers) for dinner, lol :) they were SO BIG, I’m still having trouble comprehending the size!

  • anonymous
    July 13, 2007

    Holy…COW! That puts the pan into the cake–eh, if that makes any sense. I was ready to squeal for joy that there was a place that gave away free MAC samples with the meal…heh heh…wishful thinking, I know. :-P

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 13, 2007

    Hey Rowena!LOL, yes they did put the ‘pan’! hehe :)…I bet you could make an entire meal out of a MAC sample!

  • Chubbypanda
    July 18, 2007

    Those pancakes are disturbingly large.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 20, 2007

    Hey Chubbypanda!Yes they are! I was scared of them…and it’s not everday pancakes make my heart jump like that… :)

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