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How for order at Hilo Lunch Shop in 10 steps

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

No matter how many times I’ve been here before, I still feel nervous ordering. You need to know what you want to order. Man, da pressure is a lot for an indecisive guy like me!

I always refer tourists here for a great lunch… you know, somewhere the real locals eat. But if even I’m intimidated ordering here, I feel bad for the uninitiated! I just hope to help a little bit. I’m not even sure if I’m doing it right myself, but so far so good.

How for order at Hilo Lunch Shop:

1. Get here early! Before 11am, or else the best stuff will be sold out.

2. Know what you like order before stepping in the door. Or at least be ready to be experimental.

3. No cut in line or else you going get mean stink eye! The line may wrap around to the right so be sure to know where the line starts. Be nice. It can get pretty crowded.

4. Once in line, check out the food and finalize your order as much as you can in your head. Listen well to the people ordering to get a feel of everything and what’s good.

5. When you get near the sushi and musubi on the left, your turn is near. You can do this! A helpful and very efficient (a.k.a. not very patient) lady will yell “Next!”. If the person in front of you already ordered, make eye contact with her and make your first choice… Quick

6. Order a musubi (or 2), or a few maki sushi. You need rice with this salty tasty cuisine. They have anykine. Most popular it seems is the spam or plain musubis and sushi. They have a great maki sushi which uses mustard cabbage instead of nori. Their cone sushi is well done. I prefer keeping it simple with a plain musubi or some sushi.

7. Order some main items. Just choose what looks good to you. Ask questions if needed but keep it short. If you will be eating this later for a picnic or want something easy to pack, you may want to choose drier items. Otherwise, anything goes. My favorite must-haves is the nori chicken and fishcake. Other amazing items are their tofu cakes, fried chicken, breaded ono, and any of their tempura. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

8. On the far right, don’t miss their choices of pickled veggies and salads. These all go great with their food. I chose some pickled mustard cabbage this time. For a real plate lunch get a scoop of mac salad.

9. Your practically done. You’ll be asked “fork or chopstick” then you pay! Cash only.

10. Now head to the beach, and grind!!!!

Hope this helps people. Follow these steps and you will not hear, “No sushi for you!!”. Feel free to add on any recommendations yourself. :)

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Hilo Lunch Shop
421 Kalanikoa Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 935-8273

Puff City, Hilo

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Freshly made cream puffs in Hilo!!!


L-R: Coconut, lilikoi, and custard cream (there was also a rum chocolate cream, but we ate it before we could get to the camera)



Amazingly light, fresh, and the ganache was soo delicious! Not really missing Beard Papa’s anymore. So happy to have somewhere here with fresh cream puffs… and they are right down the street from our house! :)

Call for daily specials.

Puff City
1348 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720

Kope Kope Espresso Cafe

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

100% Ka’u Coffee and a warm gooey mac-nut brownie. Doesn’t get any better than this, seriously.

They don’t serve Ka’u coffee here everyday (they rotate their special coffees), but when they do it sure is worth a try. It’s one of my favorites… dare I say I favor it over Kona?

Posted on location. :) Free internet with $5 purchase.

Kope Kope Espresso Cafe
1261 Kilauea Avenue
Suite 220
Hilo Hawaii 96720
(808) 933-1221

Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Sweet, a brand new restaurant right in the heart of Hilo!  Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill, a franchise with other locations in Illinois and Iowa, opened just a few days ago. It was pretty busy when we got in, like any new place opening in Hilo… anything new is super exciting for us!

It’s a pretty neat concept:  you choose a bowl size (little khan, mighty khan, barbarian khan), or all you can eat, then you fill it up with a nice variety of veggies and meats…

… they had seafood too… shrimp and scallops…

… some noodles too… don’t be shy to pile it up since it shrinks.

Then the fun part, putting on your sauces!  I wasn’t feeling too adventurous so I just followed the recommended recipe on the sign and added a bit more of the “mongolian fire oil” — spicy stuff! (click on the image to make big)….

Then you hand it over to one of the chefs and they cook your food on this HUGE flat wok which gets super hot.  It was a lot of fun watching — they totally put on a show, throwing the bowls and food in the air.

Finished bowl (mighty khan “medium” size).  Pretty huge.  Next time I’ll get the smaller bowl… or get the bigger bowl and take home the leftovers. :)

Served with a great tasting egg drop soup and bowl of rice.  It’s a lot of food!

They even have a little desert which comes with the meal… some fresh fruits and pudding.

It was all very yummy and fresh.  I would come back another time.  Next time I will change my sauce recipe… it was a bit too sweet and salty for me.  I’ll be more adventurous next time.

Prices are pretty reasonable (click to make big):

Service was very nice and friendly too.  It’s great that we have this new place in Hilo!

Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill
194 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-1777

Takoyaki at Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Takoyaki Vendor at Farmer's Market

Yay! Found some great takoyaki at the farmer’s market today. First time seeing this vendor here. Really nice guy! After chatting a bit, we found out they are associated with Miyo’s (not sure how, though).

We went early, so they just got setup and it was still hot and fresh and so moist. Very tasty!

swim fishy swim

They also had some taiyaki (Japanese pancakes) filled with sweet red beans, cheese, or cinnamon apple. We got two red bean pancakes. They were so good too! Still warm and toasty.

Come early because they seemed very popular! I hope this vendor stays here for awhile.

P.S. Stay posted… Bev and I just celebrated our 2 year anniversary and went to Fujimamas. :) Man, that was one of the best meals ever! I’ll post again within a week.

Mehana Brewing Company’s Growler

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007


Mehana Growler

Fresh from the Mehana Brewing Company in Hilo and just in time for Thanksgiving! $6.99 for refill, $5.99 on Mondays. I think $5.49 for the actual 1/2 gallon growler.

You can visit them for free samplings. Pictured above is one of my favorites, their Volcano Red Ale. I am also a big fan of their hefty Mauna Kea Pale Ale.

I might have to add another favorite to my list because on this visit I sampled a new beer they had called the Hawaiian Crow Porter… very dark, toasty and refreshing. It’s not too heavy either. I think I know what will be going into this growler next. More research is needed.

Mehana Brewing Company
275 East Kawili St.
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 934-8211