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“Anything you Could Possibly Want”

Ken's House of Pancakes
Ranked #10 of 243 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $12
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout
Sewell, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Anything you Could Possibly Want”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

This is a 24-hour diner where they have anything you could want on the menu. A local stop (based on the people present both times we went), our party of six had more problems just deciding what to order. Everything was absolutely delicious. The decorum is a real mix of Hawaiian culture. The servers were especially friendly and helpful. This place is a must when you just want everyday meals at a great price.

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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Just good food!”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Kind of a retro-old style Denny's, but the food is fabulous. The variety of food is amazing and evidently everyone else thinks so too. There wasn't much of a line, but it was busy. The restaurant is open air, like everything else in Hilo. You can get anything and everything here. Their specialty is Ox-tail soup - available on Fridays, but we passed on that. Breakfast is served all day and my friend had the 1/4 lb beef patty with eggs and toast. I tried the spaghetti, which is also all you can eat on Sunday, but we weren't there on a Sunday - not that we could have eaten more. Food was good, service was mediocre, and the place needs some updating. Overall, it was just great food, though.

  • Visited August 2014
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Durham, NC
Level 6 Contributor
279 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Must stop for breakfast!”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Ken's is a great stop when you are really hungry. They are open 24 hours a day and offer a wide menu selection. Even though it was dinner time and all the food that was brought out looked amazing, we all ordered breakfast. Wow, it was amazing! I highly recommend going at least once to order breakfast. Their rootbeer floats are also very good!

The meals are very reasonably priced. Our family of six left stuffed for under $80. The staff was cheery and quick to answer menu questions. The restaurant itself if a lot like a traditional diner.

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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great comfort food”
Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Ate here twice - dinner & breakfast. Surprisingly large menu - variety of choices. Kids loved the pancakes. Service was good and reasonable prices.

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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Great local breakfast place”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Ken's was recommended by our rental car agent after we landed in Hilo--it's several minutes from the airport. It was crowded, but we were seated immediately. Coffee and juice arrived quickly and everyone was pleased with the large portions and quality of food. Several of us shared our breakfast and still had more than enough to eat. The banana pancakes are highly recommended. Our waitress recommended several local breakfasts with fried spam--the men in our party tried them and were quite satisfied with their breakfasts. Seemed a bit pricey for breakfast in a diner atmosphere--but that's Hawaii! Open 24 hours.

  • Visited August 2014
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