Hoo brah! Food in Hawaii can be expensive, especially at the resorts. $20 for a Loco Moco? Really?? When the family and I stayed at Turtle Bay recently, we vowed to eat like locals (we eat like locals on the mainland, anyway) during our stay in North Shore, Oahu. Of all the killa' spots to get grinds, Papa Ole's hits the mark with their quality offerings, friendly service, large portions, non-exorbitant prices and their thick, juicy kalbi ribs. The family was so blown away by the food, we came back the following evening for more....but they ran out of ribs! :( The lines, lack of AC and longer waits didn't deter us, we knew what we were getting into. The garlic chicken, Loco Moco, double cheeseburgers and fries really hit the spot! Papa Ole's became a favorite for my family. I'm sure it will be a hit for you too. Until we meet again, Papa Ole's! -Big Al
Holy smokes! What a find. My husband heard about this place from his co-workers so we decided to give it a try. We live in Kapolei, so we took a cruise to the other side of the island. At first glance, it looks like a typical drive-in but as soon as you near its doors, your nose gets lured in with so many delicious aromas. The inside gets a bit warm so we opted for outside seating. The place was crowded so we waited for a family to leave before finding a spot 10 minutes later. The prices are a bit up there at first glance, ($16 for Big J's, & $14 for mixed plate), but man, are they worth it! My husband and his friend ordered the Big J's and my daughter and I ordered the sauteed shrimp and garlic chicken mixed plate. We were served our plates outside by a very friendly waitress who had the dexterity to hold our heavy trays with one hand and wipe our tables with the other before placing our trays down. Wow, where does she work out? The portions are huge so we shared. The sauce was really good with rice. Only downside is you have to peel the shrimp, but I'm guessing flavor gets packed in that way. The garlic chicken was wow for the mouth! My husband and his friend even enjoyed the pulehu steak & ribs so much, after they polished off their food, they ordered another plate! Already went again and we are now planning to cruise up there very soon. Overall, customer service was awesome, the prices were reasonable, and most importantly, the food was great. A definite place to eat for kamaaina and a must see if you are visiting.
Ended up coming here because the restaurant we were suppose to go was closed. Environment is not so awesome, but, food was good. Authentic korean cooking with a touch of the hawaiian plate combo.Very affordable. Place was empty at first but, slowly got busy- - too busy maybe that they must have missed placing our order, because 3 other people after us got their orders first. Anyway, they don't have a restroom so don't drink too much. I did get that impression that locals go to this restaurant. It was almost the end of their shift that's probably why they missed our order, but they deserve the 5-stars for their food. It was certainly worth the wait.
Stopped at this little unassuming small restaurant out of luck on my way to the Polynesian experience. Let me tell you AMAZING 4 diff selections and all delicious price for 4 people under $50 best meal I have had in Oahu we are from San Diego CA.
We stopped here for a late lunch. Hubby had the chicken katsu and I got the kalbi/chicken combo. Both were delicious! The kimchi was fresh and flavorful.
Pros: Great meal! The boyfriend had the fish tacos, I had the sweet pork nachos, and our friend got his usual chicken quesadillas. There was plenty of parking. Cons: I got this pineapple drink because you can drink it directly out of the pineapple. It was really gross and pulpy. Although not exactly rude, the guy at the counter also wasn't very helpful.
Best food we had on the North Shore. Incredible fish tacos, very friendly staff and cool spot. Highly recommended.
As I've said numerous times I'm a regular for a reason
ok...this place looks a lil grungy... and there is a distinct smell outside.... but the food is pretty darn yummy! i got the loco moco and the garlic shrimp... loco moco was delish...two thick and juicy patties... however, i do think they should add another egg... the one egg looked so sad by itself the garlic shrimp was awesome! forget the shrimp trucks...i like this one! yummy, buttery, garlicky goodness :) they also give you sides like mac salad, taegu, kimchee...the usual. food took a tad long...but i guess they're making it with love :) plus...the price is pretty reasonable :)