Cafe 100: Super Loco

Today I went to Cafe 100 for lunch. It was really crowded. Most of the people were already sitting down eating, so luckily there was not much of a line. I go to Cafe 100 every so often since they have a great variety of food and nice, fast service. The eating area is open-aired and breezy.

Cafe 100
(I am temporarily borrowing this pic, and will get a new one up soon)

The menu includes daily plate lunch specials and all the local favorites, but what is most impressive is their loco moco menu. They have the most extensive loco moco menu I’ve ever seen! This is where many say the loco moco started, so the menu was no surprise. But how does it compare with other loco mocos in Hilo?

I ordered the Super Loco!

The Super Loco

2 eggs, 1 beef patty, 1 slice spam, 2 pc. portuguese sausage, loads of rice, mac salad, gravy all over, and kimchi (supposedly) on the side. It’s huge. It only costs $4.45.

First thing I thought was… “where’s my kimchi!?” All the other times I’ve ordered this they gave a small container of kimchi. *sigh* It’s ok…

Here’s a closeup. :D

Super Loco Closeup

HooooOO brah!! Look good ah?

No forget da loco moco essentials.

Loco moco essentials

Start grinding already!

  • Burger: Tender and tasty, but way too thin and too small.
  • Gravy: Taste like good ol’ regular brown gravy made from the gravy powder. It was just enough to bring everything together, but it could’ve used more. I do wish it were thicker with richer flavor.
  • Eggs: Done really well! Perfectly cooked. I could taste the flavor of butter as I ate a piece of egg.
  • SPAM: It’s SPAM, how can anyone go wrong?
  • Portuguese Sausage: Ono. Nice and crisp.
  • Mac Salad: Cafe 100 makes excellent mac salad. It’s actually a mac/potato salad served on finely shredded cabbage. It has a great consistency and taste.
  • Rice: Good, but for me, there was way too much compared to the amount of meat and gravy given, but if I was super hungry, I guess I wouldn’t complain.

I often see tourists come to Cafe 100 to try a loco moco for their very first time, and while Cafe 100′s loco moco is ok, there are many other places that serve better versions. I would recommend Blane’s Drive Inn or Ken’s House of Pancakes. Their burgers are much bigger and the gravy is much tastier. Yet, there’s still something special about Cafe 100 that makes me come back.

I will get more pictures of Cafe 100 very soon. My camera should be in tommorow or the day after!

Cafe 100
969 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 935-8683
(808) 935-6368 Menu Hotline

37 Responses to “Cafe 100: Super Loco”

  1. Kirk Says:

    I used to hit Cafe 100 when I used to go to Hilo to visits friends. My wife and her friends went to the Big Island earlier this year, and ate 3 times at Cafe 100, said it looked like all da’ same people was there all the times she went. They basically lived on poke from KTA during most of the trip & they loved it!

  2. Reggie Says:

    whoa James!! i wanted to start grinding my flat screen monitor!! LOL :D i need my bottle tabasco on da side pls! hehehe now das one breakfast fo champions!! only ting i would like 2 orders pls imm on a diet! :D

  3. James Says:

    Hey Kirk! There are lots of regulars that go to Cafe 100. It’s a very local place. Good atmosphere!

    Hahaa.. for reals yea Reggie? Da bugga look ono! I never have tabasco! I love putting tabasco on loco mocos too. lol.. only 2? haha

  4. kely Says:

    yeah brah! cafe 100 locco’s good EH!? I used to go cafe 100 mostly for breakfast…dey usually generous with da food. Gotta have spam brah!

  5. kely Says:

    Brah…I wonda whea da name Cafe 100 wen come from?

  6. monika Says:

    i remember going to Cafe 100 when i was a little girl. my grandma would take me there and i’d always order the teri beef burger and fries. :) my grandma used to tell me that Cafe 100 invented loco moco’s…i was never sure if she was serious or not.

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  8. Terri Says:

    Oh Man!! My mom grew up in Hilo and a friend of mine is coming to the islands and I told her she has to eat at Cafe 100!! I think I’m gonna go make a pot of rice and break out the spam! Thanks for the awesome visual!
    Ono grinds!

  9. haql Says:

    that place looks relly good i love the spam

  10. ha Says:

    The food there is so good. the prices is dirt cheap and the service is asome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. James Says:

    Aloha haql,
    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the food is very cheap and ok for the price… I usually come here when I don’t have much cash. :) The people here are very friendly, I must say!

  12. James Says:

    Terri, cannot beat spam & rice! Glad you enjoyed this post. :)

  13. Keokie Says:

    My wife and I visited our daughter and granddaughter in Kaneohe for most of December ’06, while her husband is in Southwest Asia. We spent four days at Kilauea Military Camp and toured the area. We happened upon Cafe 100 and stopped in for lunch. I ordered the Kilauea Blast (rice, Spam, eggs, etc.)….Awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to share about my meal!

  14. Bob Says:

    Vegan Nightmare, the name says everything super loco, food for the insane. good luck at the restroom with the Super Loca Cagada!

  15. sean Says:

    The name Cafe 100 came from the 100th Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Mr Miyashiro (my friend’s grandfather) was a veteran of WW2 and I believe started Cafe 100 post-war.

  16. Ikaika Says:

    that and the green river on the side is good

  17. John Baker Says:

    I’ll be there in two weeks. First place I’m going is Cafe 100 and order a Loco Moco. Damn, I miss that place. Been gone more than 20 years.

  18. MojaveMike Says:

    I visited Hilo for a little over a week about 5 years ago and was fortunate to find this place from “The Big Island Revealed” book. I had a regular or spam loco every morning. Ono grinds. I miss Hilo. They can have the other side of the island. I’m only coming back to Hilo.

    P.S. It’s an easy stop if you’re on your way to the Volcano Park.

  19. jboy Says:

    I miss everything bout Cafe 100. From all there loco moco’s to the cheesy gal’s and all dat. Ohh yeah even da goodie goodie. U cant go wrong if you go to Cafe 100. there is something for everyone.

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  22. Nancy Says:

    It just doesn’t get any better than this!
    The best reason for going to Hilo is Cafe 100

  23. hiloboy Says:

    Had my first Loco Moco at Cafe 100. Was 65 cents. But I thought was dumb to order that cause 95 cents got the hamburger steak. 2 patties and vegetables!

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  25. 808hunter Says:

    this local loves the loco moco coz it’s the bomb. that’s iz my coffee be for i go surf at hapuna

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  28. Iolani Says:

    If it’s Wednesday, this must be meatloaf.

  29. Cafe 100 Says:

    Thank you for eating at Cafe 100.
    We appreciate your business and your reviews of each Super Loco ingredient!
    Sorry about not having kim chee.

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  34. local boi Says:

    4.45 in 2006
    its 5.75 now in 2012, I guess inflation is real but the super loco is still dam good!
    they should do a version with 2 patties and the other super loco stuff, :)

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