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May 26, 2004

Search for the Loco Moco

A hamburger steak on a bed of rice with eggs over easy covered with brown gravy. It is the most delicious creation I ever stumbled upon during my time in Hawai'i. But who makes it best? Or even halfway decent? I've tried a lot of different places, mostly within Honolulu and still I'd have to say that Zippy's makes it best. I know that somewhere on this island there is a great Loco Moco waiting to be discovered. Does anybody know where?

Posted by James at May 26, 2004 01:05 AM


Posted by Derek on May 26, 2004 8:29 AM:

I think Loco Moco Drive Inn makes a pretty good one! ;-) There's one in Kapolei, one in Kahalu'u... I think there are others, but I don't live there anymore and I don't get good loco moco's any more. They have L&L's up here in San Diego, but the loco moco is not the best... by the way, the "true" loco moco is actually one egg on top, sunny-side up.... I think the original loco moco was from some little shop in Keaau on the big island....

Posted by Fat Jeff on May 26, 2004 8:54 AM:

I love loco mocos...it's my coming home from the mainland comfort food. It's also my favorite weekend breakfast. I'm really partial to the one from Big City Diner. But to make it even better...order it with fried rice. With the fried rice, carmelized onions, tasty brown gravy, and that big hamburger patty...can't be beat!

Posted by Haken on May 26, 2004 9:39 AM:

There's a hole in the wall place on the corner of School St. and Liliha that has a good Loco Moco. I think the place is called Uptown Cafe or something.

Posted by Albert on May 26, 2004 10:51 AM:

I usually get mine from the Paradise Palms cafe at UH-Manoa or at L&L, Ala Moana, but it would be wonderful if someone would offer Loco Moco with really first-class beef. If there is such a place, I haven't found it.

Posted by KirkK on May 26, 2004 12:03 PM:

I believe that either Cafe 100 or Lincoln Grill claim to have created the loco moco. As for loco moco's here in SD, L&L always screws up my order - gave 'em 3 chances, and now they're out! Too bad, we used to live in Hacienda Heights when the first L&L opened in Puente Hills Mall, and they did a fine job. The best local loco seems to be Hawaiian Island Barbecue in Pacific Beach.

Posted by Linkmeister on May 26, 2004 12:39 PM:

The famous pancake place just off Banyan Drive in Hilo is the one my brother-in-law swears by, but of course you gotta fly to get it. ;)

Posted by kia on May 26, 2004 1:37 PM:

Ted's Bakery in the North Shore has excellent Loco Moco. And you can get chocolate haupia pie while you're there....yum....

Posted by Jen on May 26, 2004 2:57 PM:

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you really have to fly to Hilo and go to either Ken's or Cafe 100 to get the real thing. Failing that, the Columbia Inn does a pretty good one. It's HUUUUGE.

Posted by Sin on May 26, 2004 5:01 PM:

I don't wanna get too high maka maka on everybody but last year when I took my mom to Sarento's for Mother's Day they had a prime rib local moco over garlic mashed potatoes...i got that with scrambled eggs and i have tosay it was the best one i ever ate ever. of course, it cost $12 bucks or something like that but damn that was good.

Posted by Chris on June 3, 2004 12:01 PM:

Here in Hilo, Cafe 100 is definitely the loco moco king. They're also constantly innovating, with a "Turkey Loco" and a "Spam Loco"... Just about any kind of meat, they will try to make a loco out of it!

Although, I must say, my favorite loco is the Fried Rice Loco, served at Kuhio Grille (also in Hilo, near the Prince Kuhio Plaza). Good stuff!

Posted by Chris on June 3, 2004 12:16 PM:

Ahh, I forgot to mention Ken's House of Pancakes has got one of the biggest loco mocos around (that I've seen anyway). The "Sumo" Loco comes with something like 8 big scoops of rice, 3 eggs, and 3 hamburger patties. When the chef serves it up, they ring a bell and everyone yells "SUMO!"

Along those same lines, they've got a "Sumo" Saimin... The size just boggles the mind!

Posted by Kainoa on July 2, 2004 8:48 PM:

i love blane's drive-in's loco bowl here in Hilo. yummy!!

Posted by koka on July 20, 2004 6:59 PM:

If ur on Maui, check out Jack's Inn on Alamaha Street in Kahului. Get da kine with fried rice over easy. Chillin.

Posted by ALOHA on February 4, 2005 9:07 AM:


Posted by Hilo Boy on October 7, 2005 1:50 PM:

Cafe 100 serves the greatest loco moc in the WORLD

I like the Super Loco myslef
big enough for one moke and only lyk 5.95

Posted by Hilo Boy on October 7, 2005 1:52 PM:

by the way Cafe 100 is da original

Posted by James on December 21, 2005 1:40 PM:

The best I've had in Hilo are Ken's & Blane's... both are so good!

Posted by L. Luna on February 6, 2006 10:08 PM:

I always liked KOJI bento korner's 3 hamberger x 2 egg with mac salad.... This is in downtown Hilo, also, they make a killer chop steak!

Posted by Kendrick Lee on April 21, 2006 1:07 PM:

Supposedly(I have no idea what criteria they used, the best Loco Moco in Honolulu is at Nico's Pier 38. Although I have eaten here (they give you lots, it tastes good, & the salad dreesing is "to die for"), I haven't yet eaten the "Loco Moco' because there have been to many othe things to try first.

Posted by Tank on April 25, 2006 8:05 PM:

Try the different Loco's at the 3 Vera's on the Big Island. Loco Moco, Oyster Loco, Spam Loco etc., etc. We discovered them this last November. Awesome!!

Posted by Honugirl on July 20, 2006 3:44 PM:

I must say that I love L&L's loco moco especially from the original Liliha restaurant. It's so ono! You can practically be anywhere and find an L&L to pick one up. Mmmmmm...makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Posted by Dale Eckart on October 3, 2006 11:46 AM:

Try the loco moco at Hawaiian Style in Waimea on the Big Island. Mostly locals in this place, and for a good reason. Enough food for two on one plate! And it's EXCELLENT....

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