By Braddah Lance
We all know if and when there is anything to do with da 808, we all kinda fill up with pride. We have a certain "expectation" such as Zippy's with their locally infamous chili, Zip Min or fried chicken.
Then get da kine "haole" version's of local kine stuff. Das wat Anna Miller's is, da haole version of Zippy's.
Anna Miller's get all da kine haole comfort foods along with local favorites and desserts - specifically pies - as well. They also are equally busy but if you've evah been to both, you know right away dat da "clientele" for both are noticeably different. There's absolutely nothing wrong with dat but it is readily recognizable.
A few month's ago, Da Wife and I took Da Ohana out for breakfast on a Saturday morning.
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer.
Da Baby had just regulah buttermilk pancakes. You can see him hovering ovah it cause I told him wait.... so I could do dis review for da WWD! Hui.
Da Keiki had her standing order chocolate chip pancakes. As da waitress said, "no worry, there's plenty more chocolate below" and she nevah lie, had choke. Da chocolate chips weren't cooked in but rather sprinkled on each pancake instead.
Da Wife had an omelette with fried rice and came with hash browns cooked with lots of butter on both...... soooooo bad but oooooohhhhh so good.
I had da loco moco with brown rice.... pretty surah da gravy was from a powder but not 100% positive but it did have a good flavah.
It wouldn't be WWD! if nevah have one "aftah" pic........ you would think dat a cracked bowl wouldn't pass quality control no? Wassup Wit Dat!
So hea's da breakdown:
Four Shakas and Auuu'right!
It's a unique building in dat it is round and depending wea you sit, has panoramic views of Lex Brodie's, Al's Tinting, Chevron, Starbucks or da deteriorating Kamehameha Hwy. Da waiting area inside and out is comfortable but da dining area has a certain charm in dat it is "diner-like". Da kitchen is exposed, it's loud and you know it's not a place for an intimate meal so no compare dat. Booth seating was comfortable in dat da seat backs are high and cushiony enough and da waitresses were "seasoned". Basically eat, talk story and noise - good stuff.
Three Shakas and Bumbye
Compared to their "local" counterpart, both their prices are around the same range but I certainly have to side with Anna Miller's because their portions seem biggah. Not just da portions but da size of da actual food. I know da pancakes were thicker, da omelette wasn't "flat" and da hamburgah was "tall". For da price, it fit da average bill to portion ratio for a sit down meal.
Four Shakas and Auuu'right!
More like a Three and a half Shakas but no mo' half. Simply put, if you going for a Zip run but want more haole food, dis da place for you. Da food is tasty and portion's are just right especially aftah an adult beverage event. They even offer a 24hr breakfast menu for those who love breakfast foods. Da only drawback is da waitlist... and da occasional dishware dat should be retired. If you plan on eating at da "normal" times for breakfast, lunch or dinnah, be prepared to be wait listed. It really isn't too bad but just seeing your name below a dozen above you won't make your grumbling tummy happy. It's definitely a place to think about going to if you evah have gone around asking everyone wea they like eat and somebody says, "let's go someplace different". Actually, it was Da Wife and I's first date there many, many moons ago..... some place "different".
Check out their menu at:
Anna Miller's Restaurant