Ma’ona Lunch Counter

Readers have been telling me that Maona has some mean grinds. Finally made it here! A little 2-man operated lunch counter right next to the Farmer’s Market.

Their menu is simple but looks so good! Unfortunately, they were already out of rice. They are known to have some good plate lunches so we were bummed.

We just went for some sandwiches. Blackjack burger ($6.50).

Mahi burger ($6.50).

The covers on these plates could barely stay closed. Huge burgers and huge amount of crispy homemade fries. My burger was thick and juicy with a nice spice rub. Nice grill marks. Best $6.50 I’ve spent on a burger! Bev’s mahi was super fresh and perfectly seasoned. Only thing is that it could’ve used a little more mahi.

Definitely will be back for their plate lunches!

9 Responses to “Ma’ona Lunch Counter”

  1. Rick Says:

    JAMES. Bob and Glenn and I had lunch here at Ma’ona on Saturday (big thanks to our old friend Keith DelaCruz from the Farmers Market who suggested the place and who picked up the tab!). Keith said the burger was the best in Hilo but the boys both had mahi mahi sandwiches and I had the daily special of chicken katsu. Great grinds all around. We got plenty of rice and mac salad too. A great hole-in-the-wall spot. Yesterday was bright and sunny here in Pittsburgh but today again it’s raining like Hilo. Our best to Beverly too.

  2. Christine Says:

    Yes I always eat there. They serve great lunches. too bad you missed it. Love the pictures you took.

  3. kelly Says:

    brah…..running out of rice??!…..bummas.

  4. Aykrtee Says:

    I come here whenever i can! food is delicious! they were probably out of rice cause they were busy and they only open for @ hours

  5. Jack Says:

    That is awesome! Be sure to post at about the excellent burgers!

  6. Sharron Clemons Says:

    I come here whenever i can! food is delicious! they were probably out of rice cause they were busy and they only open for @ hours

  7. james Says:

    While in Hilo we stopped in here for some lunch.
    I had the pulled pork and my wife had the burger and fries.
    Both were fantastic, generous portions as well.
    I’ve had a couple of pulled pork sandwiches since we came back and there is no comparison to the one I had there.
    If we were to somehow get back to the Big Island I would definately go back for some lunch.
    Bonus was the shave ice stand at the front.

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