La Polleria Pipeline's morning set is served with a sunny side up egg, bacon, salad, soup, a basic drink and a choice of sweet or savory bread made by Cactus Eatrip. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES
La Polleria Pipeline's morning set is served with a sunny side up egg, bacon, salad, soup, a basic drink and a choice of sweet or savory bread made by Cactus Eatrip. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Locally baked goods, Mexican-inspired breakfast a hit at Okinawa’s La Polleria Pipeline Coffee

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

American foodies often plan their restaurant outings around those owned by hip, young chefs or eateries with high praise on Yelp. But in Japan, the hottest trend is dining out at restaurants and cafes where both the meal and the decor is “instabae.”

You might be more familiar with instabae by its English translation, “Instagrammable” — a popular term describing something emblematic of the aesthetics that generate lots of “likes” on the popular photo-sharing app Instagram.

On Okinawa, a small cafe in the Ginowan area is embracing Japan’s instabae obsession by serving up delicious breakfast and lunch fare in a stylish, yet homey setting.

In fact, it was thanks to Instagram that I decided to visit La Polleria Pipeline Coffee in the first place, as photos of the cafe’s uniquely Okinawan take on Mexican comfort foods caught my eye.

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