Friday, August 5, 2016

Burgers at Pineapples

This is the first in a series of best burger in Hilo reviews.

The burger at Pineapples gained about an 8 out of 10 for me. It was on a nice onion bun, a good amount of meat, although there was gristle in the meat. It came with a healthy serving of steak fries. The sandwich garnish was lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and a side of 1000 island dressing.  The meat was cooked perfectly although I thought it was under-seasoned. All in all it was pretty good. Since this is the first burger in the test, today it's rated number one!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pueo's Osteria, Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

I was excited to try Waikoloa Village's newest restaurant owned by a former Four Season's chef. The restaurant is tucked away in a small shopping center and was quite busy. Reservations should be made in advance. But, we were lucky enough to be seated at the bar where we could order a meal. This particular night, one of my all-time favorites was the special entree of the night, osso bucco. I've eaten a lot of osso bucco, and even made my own from beef shanks instead of veal when veal wasn't available. So, I have some pretty high standards for osso bucco. I think what makes osso bucco isn't really the cut of meat, it's the wonderful sauce that it's cooked in. I got a healthy portion of veal served over risotto. So, the $40 price didn't seem out of the question. But, it had almost none of the sauce I had grown to love, and the meet didn't have that wonderful slow-cooked flavor the sauce imbues. On a scale from the best osso bucco I've ever had, which was at a small Encinitas, CA restaurant, to the osso bucco I probably liked the least, my own, I liked the osso bucco at Pueo's least of all. The risotto was pasty and tasteless, meaning the meal was ok, but disappointing for the expectations I had setup for the place. My friend had the tagliolini, which he said was also just "OK" and not even up to the standards of the hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant, Cafe Concerto, in Hilo.

In the past I've been rating restaurants in Hawaii based on other Hawaiian restaurants because very few of them measure up against the quality of other American or International restaurants. But, when a restaurant is rated number one on Trip Advisor, I feel compelled to let people know what I think compared to what they might have eaten anywhere else. I was left wishing I'd eaten at Roy's, or Ruth's Chris Steak House for the money. But, I suppose for local Waikoloa Village renters or owners, it's a cut above other things available close by and that will keep it busy. I would recommend flying in a chef with mainland flavoring abilities and have him work over the menu. I'll try it again some day.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

50's Highway Fountain, Laupahoehoe, Hawaii

The food is not the only thing that reminds you of the awesome 1950's, the owner is the biggest sweetheart on the planet. She hovers around making sure everything and everyone is just perfect and happy. The food is 50's diner fun and very delicious. Whether you are just stopping for a malt (yes a real malt) or a hamburger or the VERY delicious chicken and gravy you'll be happy you did.

The place itself is both a memorial of the 50's and old Hawaii as well. When you stop here also stop to see the Laupahoehoe Train Museum just down the road. If you're driving up the Hamakua Coast, stop and eat here.

I ate here again yesterday. The burger was very nice, the curly fries are what you'd expect, but the onion rings were a tad greasy upsetting my stomach later. Still, I topped it off with a piece of home baked apple pie and that brought a smile to my face. In fact, I was up in Waimea, where I normally eat at Village Burger. But I opted to drive down the coast and eat here and I was glad I did. I didn't see the wonderful owner, I hope she's still around.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rico Rico, Honolulu, Hawaii

Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken at its best. This small restaurant on King Street is a delight for true chicken lovers. The chicken was perfectly prepared and served in quarter, half and whole chicken meals. One real delight is the cole slaw that is served with the chicken. I'm not eating rice at the moment, but the brown rice is probably nice too. The coleslaw is not sweet, and goes perfectly with the chicken. It's a very nice combination. The first time I ate here I saw a small  container with the meal that I thought was mustard so I skipped it. Big mistake. Today I tried the little yellow pepper and mayo container and it's a very nice spicy blend that really sets off the chicken. Nicely done.

Dining is both indoors at tables and outdoors at a covered picnic table area. Free lemon water goes amazingly well with the meal. Most of all, the people there are so nice. They actually made me feel at home, a very nice surprise indeed. I've eaten here twice now. It won't be my last time.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Da Spot, Honolulu, Hawaii

Suitably named, Da Spot is the place to go for a delicious value meal in Honolulu. Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine in a serving buffet style environment. The food is delicious, the prices right, and you can even get some nice live music on the right days. I have eaten here a few times now, as it seems to fit my new Paleo diet. The servings are huge, particularly of the chicken. Many chickens died to feed me. The lamb, a couple bucks more, is wonderful and plentiful. It's some of the best lamb you can get on the island. They have a very nice array of healthy salads and sides. If smoothies are your thing the one I had was quite delicious. I highly recommend this place whether you're a local or a tourist looking for something outside the normal tourist sets of restaurants.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Brasserie du Gutenberg Potsdam

The bread with homemade tomato dip was quite nice. The French onion soup was good and the Coq au vin was surprisingly wonderful. Not only was the chicken moist and tasty but the melange of vegetables and potatoes was noteworthy. Ten for ten. This one gets my recommendation. 

Das Krongut am Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany

Blood sausage won the Cofrerie de Goute Boudin Knight of the Blood Sausages. Eh. It was good but pricey. I would give it 7 out of 10.  There is a King's Bakery on the same location. I wish I'd eaten there instead.