Archive for the 'Loco Moco' Category

Big Island Grill, Kailua Kona

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013


Looking for a place to grind in Kona? Skip the resorts and anywhere on Ali’i drive and head one street up to Big Island Grill. You won’t find a loco moco like this anywhere nearby.


We got a super loco ($11.25). Choose 3 types of meat.

“Ok coming! My son loaded ‘um up.”, our waitress said with a smile. The family atmosphere in here really warmed up the place.


Isn’t it lovely? *brief pause to take it all in*

Crispy chicken katsu, juicy tender roast pork, and a nicely grilled homemade burger patty topped with 2 eggs and thick tasty gravy. I don’t think I’ve had all of my favorite things all on one plate before!

We also shared some banana pancakes ($7.25). These were light and moist. Bananas were sweet.


Come early. It was packed by 9am on a Saturday with a long wait list.


Big Island Grill
75-5702 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Koji’s Bento

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Koji’s Bento! So easy to miss… just a small hole in the wall near the Hilo Farmer’s Market. This place has been here forever… they are famous for their homestyle loco mocos, but offer all kine local comfort foods. Took a few snaps of their menus…

Here it is… Koji’s Deluxe Loco ($6.50)!

My good friend introduced this to me back in college days and it’s exactly how I remember it. 2 hamburger patties, 2 eggs, portugese sausage, kim chee, and mac salad. (btw, this was ready in less than 3 minutes… they are so fast here). Isn’t it a thing of beauty? Sure, it may not be the most gourmet loco, but judging it as a whole with the great homemade kim chee and mac salad, it truly is amazing.

Another must try… the best hangover cure ever… Koji’s Breakfast Burger:

Homestyle teri burger, egg, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions on a fresh sweet bread bun.  Super good.

Koji’s Bento Korner Inc.
52 Ponahawai St
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 935-1417

Hawaiian Style Cafe, Waimea

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Hawaiian Style Cafe

Visiting this place today brought back my passion in food blogging, something I’ve missed for a long time. In fact, I was so excited to share with you guys about this place I couldn’t wait (even though I still have a backlist of places I still need to write about). Hawaiian Style Cafe is my new favorite place for SERIOUS GRINDZ.

Hawaiian Style Cafe Inside

Brah!!! Just look at my breakfast, “Da Tita Mok” ($8.25):

Da Tita Mok (Loco Moco)

Huge thick flame-broiled hamburger patty, 2 thick slices of spam, moist and crunchy chicken cutlet, 1 egg, grilled onions, fried rice, and rich tasty brown gravy over everything.

It tasted just as good as it looked. The hamburger patty was great quality local beef and fresh. It was actually on the leaner side but still very moist and meaty. Kind of like Ken’s burger but thicker and more moist. The chicken cutlet was my favorite. So moist and crispy on the outside and perfect with the gravy, which was very rich and homemade-tasting. Fried rice was really good too… not too salty and it didn’t overpower the rest of the dish. Grilled onions was a good touch and the spam was cooked just right. My only complaint was that the egg was a little overcooked on the bottom, but it was still nice and yolky. Wow. Quantity and quality.


Bev ordered two pancakes ($2.25/each pancake) but we actually shared everything.


HUGE HUGE HUGE. I liked these. Soft. Spongy. Moist. I do wish they had a bit more cake-like texture because it was a little too spongy/bouncy. I also wish that it was more crisp on the edges. I still would order these again. They were so soft and tasty.

Pancake closeup

Here’s the specials menu that was up (they even have “Stew Luau”! aka Beef Luau):

Hawaiian Style Cafe Specials

Here’s the Breakfast & Lunch Menu:

Breakfast Menu hawaiianstylecafe-11.jpg

How was the service? Friendly, local-style, like walking into your favorite Aunty’s kitchen… but very slow and sometimes forgetful (they were really busy). If you are in a rush to go somewhere, don’t come here. This is somewhere to go when you have all morning to eat and digest and all afternoon to sleep. One thing we missed was that you need to sign-in to the right of the door then wait until there are free seats.

The food made it all worth it though. I can’t wait to go back! I wish they were in Hilo!

Hawaiian Style Cafe
65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743 (map)
(808) 885-4295

Turkey Loco Moco

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Yeah, we had too many turkey sandwiches already.

Turkey Loco Moco

And don’t throw away those turkey bones… I’m saving mine for some delicious turkey jook!

Live from Cafe 100: My Usual Order

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Kilauea Loco

The Kilauea Loco here is da grindz! It uses chili instead of the usual gravy and burger. Only 4.75.

57th Annual County Fair Loco Moco

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Happy Loco Moco Dude

Ever since the 55th Annual County Fair, it’s been my civic duty to review the loco moco at the local county fair. I call it quality control. The loco moco at the 55th was one of the worst loco mocos ever. Impressively, they did a decent job on the 56th (last year).

Keaukaha Warriors

Again this year, the Keaukaha Warriors were responsible for the loco mocos.

Fried Rice Loco Moco

This was the double fried rice loco ($8). It looked almost exactly like last years, but once I started grinding ‘um, jus wasn’t the same.

Fried rice was undercooked — still slightly hard in the middle of the rice and mushy on the outside. Also, either the gravy or the fried rice was too salty. The patty was the same old premade frozen patty, but at least they kept it juicy. The eggs were nice and yolky.

The breakdown?


  • Burger: 18/30pts
  • Gravy: 15/30pts
  • Egg: 20/20pts
  • Rice: 10/20pts