Though they're the same shape as pancakes, crêpes are folded rather than stacked, and coated with powdered sugar rather than the tears of pancake chefs who wished they could be crêpe chefs. Dine on a not-pancake with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of crêpes, smoothies, and açai bowls at Aloha Crepes in Aiea.
Founded by Ron Kayano and Rick Monroe—two grown-up Boy Scouts with a fondness for foldable fare—Aloha Crepes sates sweet and savory cravings with crêpes, smoothies, and berry-based treats. A 20-crêpe menu invites salivation from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., presenting breakfast eats such as Ron’s ultimate corned-beef hash ($7.95) and dessert treats such as the granola-studded caramel-apple crunch ($7). Instead of paddling a pancake across the Atlantic, guests can enjoy the French-inspired blue cheese and Chinese hoisin sauce of Monroe’s Mello portobello ($7.95). Açai bowls’ honey, bee pollen, and antioxidants ($5+) rescue diners from nefarious tummy growls, and smooth mango lassis ($5+) prevent them from devouring soprano saxophones.
Aloha Crepes serves dessert all day. Of course, it's in the form of a crepe, so the light treat seems somehow appropriate for breakfast, even if you order the Aloha crepe—loaded with Nutella, a sauce of sour cream and brown sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. Additionally, Aloha Crepes sell the first and only mochi crepes. For a lighter dessert option, Aloha Snowflakes promise a treat that's part ice cream, part shaved ice with the consistency of frozen cotton candy. Snow ice comes in a variety of flavors made from fresh fruits, juices, and extracts with added milk.