If we can only visit The Coffee Shack one time during our visit to Kona, would it be better to go for breakfast or lunch?
Neither. The service is terrible there, it takes forever to get your food.
Thanks for the response - do you have a breakfast spot to recommend in the area?
On the basis of one experience, I'd suggest a late breakfast. True, it took a while, but the food was good and the view is spectacular. (It helps that I was with a very lovely and charming woman and we had a lot of catching up to do.)
Basically just don't be in a hurry cause they are probably not staffed for heavy traffic. My friend was pleased with breakfast last time out earlier in March. If you are looking for a simple cheap breakfast the Manago Hotel is good as well except for Monday's its closed. They have a nice view of the coast line as well from the charming historic looking dining room.
We have been there for breakfast and lunch. I wouldn't pass up a chance to go there. Just make sure you have a little extra time if that is a concern.
I never thought it was slow service. My DH says it is favorite place for breakfast and Coffee Shack coffee. The view IS terrific!
The place is notorious for it's painfully sloooow service. We have actually left after sitting for 20 minutes(enjoying the view) without any acknowledgement.
It is craziness. We no longer bother...there are plenty of spots to take in a view.
When you want to eat...you want to eat in a timely fashion.
The last time I went will be the last time too. The waitress had such a flaky attitude. I was seated five minutes at least before this full table that came in, and she never even came by my table until she had taken their whole order.
I didn't have a lot of time that day, so I mentioned it to her, and she said, oh well, I was in the back, I had no idea who came in first ... I used to wait tables, and if you don't know who was first, you find out (if you are any good at it). My take was, old hippie who was just "whatever" about everything. (I am an old hippie too, but I got over being flaky some decades ago.)
Aloha Adeline and companion had a bug in their salad and were not at all happy with how that was handled. The post is here in the forum, but I don't have time to find that topic.
My advice -- stop by and get some of their pie or other baked goods and take it to go from the counter.
You didn't say if you are even staying south of town?
When I used to stay south we would eat at Aloha Angel Cafe in Kainaliu for breakfast. It's probably changed ownership now, so I can't comment on the quality of food and service now, but it was real nice eating in the screened porch and soaking up being in Hawai'i.
It always took a while there too because it was so busy. The Coffee Shack is annoying because they don't seem to be trying very hard. Most people on a day to South Kona don't have an hour and a half to grab a sandwich.Edited: 6:08 pm, July 06, 2011
I hate hearing that this place has gone down hill. We really enjoyed it when we were there for breakfast a couple of times 10 years ago and we were hoping to go again. I suppose maybe I'll just pick up a bag of coffee and a baked good if I'm "in the neighborhood" next trip.
My rental car did get side-swiped in their very tight parking lot, so I suppose I really shouldn't have fond memories...
hey, if you want to go, feel free ...
I liked it in the old days too.
Just don't go in a hurry, and yes, the parking is ridiculous.
I forgot about that when I said to stop and buy pie.
I'm just saying, it's not worth actually bending any plans around it. If it so happens you are there, and hungry (but not so hungry that you need food in a hurry), that's different.
Also, I would not call them a value in terms of pricing. Portions are generous though, or were. It's been a couple years since my bad experience.
A personal friend of myself and my family used to work as a server there, and I know she was good at her job. She was a very focused young woman. However, she moved away a couple years ago.
Sorry I sound so intolerant, but when I waited tables I busted my hump to get people taken care of, and I can't understand how servers who move the same speed no matter how busy it is get to keep their jobs. ;-)
Thanks to all - I think I'm going to Island Lava Java instead. :)