Hawaiian Style Cafe
65-1290 Kawaihae Road
Waimea, HI 96743
Hubby and I were in Kona, Hawaii for a few days for our friends Chris and Jenn’s wedding, and were lucky enough to experience the cookin’ in Hawaiian Style Cafe. Perusing through the reviews, several dishes stood out – various types of Loco Moco, Beef Stew and their pancakes. We were warned that serving sizes were huge, and let me tell you that the warning did not prepare us. The plates were huge and covered with food. Good thing we were all good eaters, and we showed the food who was boss! (Well, it was more like we tried to show the food who was boss and failed.)
The beef stew came with mac salad with tuna. Who knew that a touch of protein from tuna could kick up ordinary mac salad and make it so tasty? I ordered a “side” of regular pancakes, and they were incredibly fluffy and delicious. Though I had choices of more fancy loco mocos like adding sausage, spam and kahlua pork, I chose to go with the classic housemade loco moco. I’m usually not a fan of mixing my food and find my OCD kicks into gear especially at buffets (no sauce shall touch!); however, the loco moco is a big exception. Runny eggs over easy, savory gravy, and fluffy rice are all meant to be mixed and mashed together and shoveled into the mouth. In fact, I even shoveled the pancake together! Wow. That’s a new level of food mixing for me. Hawaiian food seems to do that to me.
Conclusion: Throw in a glass of POG (passion fruit, orange and guava juice) to wash it down. Ono! It means delicious in Hawaiian!