Category Archives: Tropics Bar and Grill


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Chef Michael Brookshire

Tropics Bar & Grill has long been a beachfront favorite for visitors in Waikiki. Located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, this restaurant has ono (delicious) food and spectacular views.

Tropics recently welcomed a new Head Chef, Michael Brookshire. Chef Michael is a Culinary Institute of America grad, and he’s worked to update the lunch menu with his own signature style.

Before coming over to Tropics, Chef Michael was with Rainbow Lanai, also at the Hilton Hawaiian Village where he oversaw the breakfast buffet. While the pace is different at Tropics with three full-service meals, he’s happy to try something new.

“I love the challenge,” Chef Michael says. One of the fi rst challenges he received was updating the lunch menu. The most popular item on the new menu has been the BLT. It features premium bacon, house-made garlic aioli, and a house-made savory tomato jam.

“That tomato jam really bumps up the flavor. We cook it for eight hours,” says Chef Michael.

Also new to the menu are several burgers, including the Paniolo Burger and the B&B Burger.

“I don’t know about you,” Chef Michael says, “but once in a while I get that craving for a burger and I go out and it’s hit or miss. But the B&B Burger is a great one and the Paniolo Burger is another one. It’s just so full of ingredients and so satisfying.”

Tropics is also known for using locally-sourced ingredients where possible, including taro chips from the Hawaiian Chip Company, the Maui Taro Burger from the Hawaii Taro Company, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner oceanside at Tropics. The restaurant is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tropics Bar and Grill

Chef de Cuisine Frederick Pittman
Chef de Cuisine Frederick Pittman
Favorite Dish: Pineapple Upside Down

Tropics Bar & Grill brings together all a vacationer desires: great food, top service and ocean views. If that wasn’t enough to set Tropics Bar & Grill apart, Chef de Cuisine Frederick Pittman explains, “it’s the love we put into each component of every dish; visitors get a taste of that love, that ‘aloha’ as the islanders call it, and that’s what keeps them coming back.” From signature dishes like the Pineapple Upside Down to the Hula Girl Omelet, Tropics boasts fresh, flavorful dishes suited for everyone, even healthy options for those “watching their hula girl figure,” he adds with a chuckle. Tropics has earned a loyal fanbase of visitors and locals—the proof is in the pancakes.

Pineapple Upside Down
Pineapple Upside Down: buttermilk pancakes with vanilla-spiced, sautéed pineapple and maraschino cherries, topped with cinnamon streusel and a light, brown sugar glaze.