Mister D’s Loco Moco

February 10th, 2006 by James

After having a great steak plate from Mister D’s lunch-wagon, I had to come back to try their loco moco, so I went out today to go back. It broke my heart to see that there was another lunch-wagon in its place (MJ’s lunch wagon). I knew Mister D’s was out there, somewhere.

I drove around aimlessly around Hilo, trying to find Mister D, until I turned a corner and saw the sign “Lunch? Steak Plates $6.50″!

Lunch? Steak Plates $6.50

I was overjoyed. The lunch wagons must have some kind of rotating schedule, so if you can’t find Mister D’s near Blane’s industrial, make sure to check on the intersection of Kilauea Ave & Puinako St, across from KTA in the lot of the Kai Store.

In the same corner lot, I usually see a Poke Wagon called “Poke To Your Taste” and a stand that sells wonderful fresh sweet corn.

Poke Stop and Sweet Corn Stand

I have yet to try the poke here, but the corn is very delicious!

Here’s the front of Mister D’s Lunch Wagon again.

Mister D’s Ono Steaks Lunch Wagon

I ordered a double loco moco ($5.50) and a steak plate ($6.50) for a co-worker. He started frying my sunny side-up eggs.

Frying my eggs

Here is the double loco moco:

Mister D’s Double Loco Moco Mister D’s loco moco close-up

I’ll use my loco moco rating system again, testing out a new points based system. Maximum points add up to 100, and the burger and gravy have higher weight than the eggs and rice, since I think those are the two most equally important items in a loco moco.

Burger: Pre-made, mushy texture, bland tasting mystery meat which hardly tasted like hamburger (9 out of 35pts)
Gravy: Average tasting regular brown gravy, but a little saltier than normal. There wasn’t enough flavor to balance out the saltiness, though. (20 out of 35pts)
Egg: Good buttery tasting egg, cooked well, but maybe a little too fast. (13 out of 15pts)
Rice: Good rice, cooked just right. (14 out of 15pts)


Sad to say, the burger really brought this one down. I believe that the burger was the same one I had in the loco moco at the County Fair.

Stick with the steak plates here!

Mister D’s Ono Steaks Lunch Wagon

February 7th, 2006 by James

I usually see a lunch wagon parked on the side of the highway in the Hilo industrial area during lunch on workdays, and I always tell myself to try one of them one day, but I always put it off.

Mister D’s Ono Steaks

Today there was Mister D’s Ono Steaks. I think I’ve seen some other kinds of lunch wagons here before, too. The two words “Ono Steaks” made my tummy rumble. That was it! I drove off the highway and parked next to the wagon.

A few other people were there, ordering both the regular steak plates and teriyaki steak plates. A girl in front of me ordered a bunch of regular steak plates and a loco moco. He started to fry the egg in a small pan (glad they have a grill this time!), and fry the patty on a flat grill. Now I was torn: loco moco or steak plate? It looked like it was turning into a decent loco moco, too.

Well, I’m glad that their menu was simple.

Mister D’s Ono Steaks Menu

I stuck to the plan and ordered a regular steak plate ($6.50, no tax). Along with the steak plates and loco mocos, they also had “pork tonino”, which I don’t think I’ve ever had. A co-worker tells me that its basically pork bbq with a vinegary-onion sauce. It sounded good.

Soon after ordering I heard a loud searing noise. ~4 minutes later, my plate was ready. That was fast. On the side they have a bunch of condiments and salad dressings for the salad included with the steak.

Mister D’s Ono Steak Plate

A very generous serving of medium-rare steak already cut up, tossed green salad, and two scoops of rice. I wasn’t asked how I wanted the steak cooked, so if you want it cooked differently, make sure to let Mister D know.

The steak was nicely seared, mostly tender & juicy, and seasoned well with a lot of pepper, giving it a nice spicy kick. I’m not sure what kind of cut it was (chuck maybe?), but some parts were a little chewy. Still, for $6.50, this was not a bad deal.

I think I might come back if I have the cravings for a freshly cooked steak again, and next time I’ll be sure to investigate their loco moco!

Itsu’s Kim Chi Burger & Loco Moco

January 28th, 2006 by James

Last month I went to Itsu’s and had one of the most onolicious plate lunches, so I had to come back to try their other goodies, especially their famous Kim Chi Burger. I also had to further investigate their loco moco, which they have a very “interesting” way of preparing!

First, the Kim Chi Burger ($1.50).

Kim Chi Burger Kim Burger Open

Looks good doesn’t it? I’ve never had anything much like it before and it was so delicious!

Here’s a closer look:
Itsu’s Closeup

The kim chi must’ve been homemade. It wasn’t the type of kim chi you would see at the stores and it tasted so fresh. It was drier, crispier, and the chili peppers tasted fresh with a nice kick. There was also a yellowy mayonnaise type of sauce smothered on the soft bun. Both the kim chi and the yellow sauce complimented the burger perfectly. The burger was a premade type of burger, but it was very tender, moist and tasty. I’m usually not a fan of this type of burger, but for some reason, this unique combination worked perfectly for my taste buds.

The loco moco ($2.50) was a bit of a different story. I was already uneasy about ordering one when my friend told me how they prepare it: they use a microwave to cook the egg! I guess since they don’t have a grill on hand, that’s the only way they can do it.

Here’s what it looks like:
Itsu’s Loco Moco

Unfortunately, the gravy and burger couldn’t save this one. The egg was completely rubbery and tasteless (1 out of 15pts). The gravy was bland as well (15 out of 35pts). The burger was the same type of burger as the one in the Kim Chi Burger, which was not that bad for a premade burger (20 out of 35pts), but when tasting it with all of the other elements, it still tasted bland. Rice was normal (14 out of 15pts).


The wonderful Kim Chi Burger made this visit still worth it. Also be sure to try their plate lunches. Just stay away from the loco mocos!

Itsu’s Fishing Supplies Inc
810 Piilani St Hilo
(808) 935-8082

Rain rain rain…

January 26th, 2006 by James

So much rain in Hilo, but what makes this photo look good?

BigIslandGrinds.com !

January 13th, 2006 by James

Big Island Grinds has a new domain name for the new year!

Please update any of your links to http://www.bigislandgrinds.com/ and feel free to contact me at james (at) bigislandgrinds (dot) com

Thank you all for your support and Happy New Year!

Update (1/18/06):
I know, I’ve been really slacking on posts, and I’m sorry. I will get back to posting soon! I’ve just been busy with a lot of things. For now, please respond here or e-mail me any suggestions for places you’d like to see featured here! Thanks!

Strawberry Mochi

December 24th, 2005 by James

Strawberry Mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen

This is from Two Ladies Kitchen, given to me as a small gift. *smile*

Merry Christmas everyone!

Two Ladies Kitchen
274 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720