The Blue Ginger Café –
The Blue Ginger is our favorite place on Lana’i to go for breakfast. It is on the square in Lana’i City. A 20 minute shuttle ride from the Manele Bay resort or a 20 minute walk (3 minute shuttle ride) from The Lodge at Koele resort. Fresh baked goods are set out on the counter every morning. Initially, probably because it is a very small restaurant, I thought they had the baked goods shipped in from Maui or Oahu. One trip to the restroom nixed this theory!
The restrooms are in the back of the little restaurant and you must go through a maze of sorts to get there. After walking through a short hallway used to store canned goods, etc. I could see in one of the back rooms where a very large industrial sized electric stand mixer was kneading an enormous wad of dough. The smell of yeast and raw dough was absolutely blissful! Therefore, my theory of having the pastries shipped in was ruled out. All baked goods are made fresh daily. There are almost always turnovers with different fillings available and a few varieties of cookies. If you get there early enough, you can grab pigs-in-a-blanket and cinnamon rolls or butter rolls. Butter rolls, in case you aren’t aware, look like cinnamon rolls but have room temperature butter and sugar smeared all over the top. Oh yes! Normally I would take a few pastries back to the resort and have them later in the day as a snack. I didn’t want to ruin my breakfast.
Ordering takes place at the counter from the menu that is hand written on a white board. The menu consists of traditional breakfast menu items like eggs cooked to order, choice of meat and 2 slices of toast from fresh made bread. The kicker for me is the fried rice that is included on the plate. The fried rice is delicious! I have to refrain, at the end of the meal, from picking up the plate and shoveling the last bits of rice into my mouth.
On our day trip to Lana’i, last week, we were able to stop in for breakfast at The Blue Ginger. It was just as good as I remembered. You can read more about the history of the Blue Ginger Cafe on their website here.
Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for stopping by!
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