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Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House.... For Lunch

April 24th, 2014
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No bring one knife to a gun fight.

Das da case of dis review. As da name implies, they serve (focus) on breakfast food and I made a classic WWD! mistake of ordering....... lunch.





Combo Plate consisting of Meat Juhn & BBQ chicken with home fried potatoes and mac salad

Disclaimer:
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. :mrgreen:





So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Three Shakas and a Bumbye



Typical no flash, sit your okole down, grind your grindz and pau. Da décor is not a let's take it easy and talk story and for wat it's worth, you won't feel like staying long anyways. It is busy in da morning - as expected - so wen we walked in during lunch time, it was fairly quick to order, grab a table and wait for our food.



KANACK VALUE

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah



Da prices are a bit on da high side for wat they offer but again, dis review is about their lunch, not breakfast, but dat nevah mattah cause personally I nevah care for da grinds dat I had to ingest. I should have taken da hint to order breakfast food at a breakfast place but I wasn't feeling like breakfast so I opted for a plate lunch. Big mistake.

Da chicken was ok - only one piece too, WWD!. Da meat juhn was edible. Da mac salad was "watery" (prefer da "thicker" kine) but I was especially disappointed in da home fries. Now das a breakfast type food no? I love potato kine foods but felt like I was eating.... starch. It wasn't seasoned at all which by da way their meat juhn and chicken was bland as well. There was absolutely nothing special about da food and da plain ole paper plate it was served on proved it. btw, we had it to go and it was wrapped in foil.

I can't imagine their rent being exorbitant compared to places like Ala Moana or Pearl Ridge so to go as far as serving bland food on paper plates beats da heck out of me.



OVERALL


Two Shakas and a Go Figgah



To be fair, keep in mind dat dis is a LUNCH review and not a breakfast review as I've had their breakfast albeit was a few years ago and from wat I can remembah, it was a lot bettah than wat I had recently.

Bottom line, no order lunch stuff - or anything else for da mattah - at a breakfast joint. Stick to da stuff dat keeps them successful and your opu won't be disappointed.... but leave it to me to figgah dat out for Da WWD! Hui. :grin:








Shakanack Review: 2 For Almost $30

February 26th, 2014
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It's been awhile but I finally got anoddah "vs" review. It's shmall kine hard to eat out with Da Baby and Da Keiki as both are on their own timetable and wat was originally planned for takeout to avoid da dreaded whining and/or crying and irritating oddah people, we ended up dining "in" since both times Da Baby was asleep and Da Keiki was in a "good mood". If anybody has eaten with keiki of any age, you know dat you really can't sit down, relax and enjoy your food thoroughly as they end up getting ants in their pants and doing da okole dance itching to get out and do anything but eat aftah they pau - nevah mind dat you nevah even take a single bite yet.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Da first place I've nevah been before but Da Wife has and since we were in da area picking up diapers and formula at Babies R Us, we decided to have lunch next door at La Tour Café.





I actually enjoyed da fact dat their menu was "simple". Being a first timer here, it was easy to navigate da menu and decide what I felt like eating fairly quickly although even though it was "limited", they ALL looked ono and hard to choose from.





From wat I could notice also was dat they sold oddah things in da display such as macaroons and oddah kine pastry things.





I totally forgot wat Da Wife had but it was ono!





I had da bacon jalepeno burger which was wagyu beef (cooked medium perfectly) and dat was onolicious! Da fries was spot on: not overly crispy, lightly salted and cut thicker than a McDonald's fry. It came with wat seemed like a buttermilk vinaigrette dressing/dip thing dat was supah ono! I tink they refer it as their house ranch dressing but it didn't taste completely like ranch. It didn't help my diet watsoevah but it certainly was yummy in da tummy.





And a drink to share. :grin: It sucks wen we do cause I like da diet stuff and Da Wife doesn't but chooses unsweetened stuff ovah da sugar too so guess wat dis was? Unsweetened ice tea...... which I can't stand but cause it's wat Da Wife likes had to "suck it up". :lol:






Da oddah place is a familiar place to most and on a rare night we was at Ala Moana Shopping Center Food Court and ate at Yummy's.





Da Wife had da mandoo plate with extra mandoo for Da Keiki along wit her choice of sides.





I had da bbq chicken/meat juhn combo to also share with Da Keiki with an extra vegetable choice instead of rice.





Da damage.





Disclaimer:
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 kine kanack grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:






So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE


Three Shakas and a Bumbye

La Tour Café in Pearl City is quite small and while we went on da later side of da lunch hour, it was still packed. It felt a little cramped and there were a handful of people standing idle on da side like vultures waiting to snatch up a table to dine on. Da place was clean - fairly new still - and da food delivery was a nice touch as you didn't have to wait at da counter for your food.

Ala Moana Center Foodcourt - well, it's a food court. It's always packed, it's noisy and da tables always need some sort of cleaning as da people before you tend not to clean/wipe up their messes buuuuuuut, it's a great place to people watch and just sit and eat leisurely. One HUGE disappointment though was dat they eliminated CHOKE tables from da already crowded area. Not sure if it was meant to add more room for foot traffic or less tables to clean but it sucked circling around endlessly with two strollers in tow looking for a big enough table to eat on.

Da edge does go to Ala Moana Center's Foodcourt though as just being able to people watch was entertainment enough.





KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and a Bumbye

It's a sign of da times wea a $10 sandwich or plate lunch has become commonplace and both these places didn't pull apart from each oddah price wise although I've always thought of Ala Moana Food Court establishments as price gougers.

La Tour Café's food was ONOLICIOUS! Their food is unique and very tasty. I didn't expect much from them but our lunch was very much enjoyable. I've always be a proponent dat da bread was da key to a burger and it didn't disappoint although I do not know wat it was. Sadly upon ordering, I was asked if I wanted an egg on da sandwich which I accepted but didn't tink it was "extra" as it's listed in da menu description. I was disappointed dat they would offer it and not mention da extra charge. Did I kanack? Let's just say I was pleasantly satisfied and Da Wife ate all her's so I nevah have "extra".

Yummy's, well, is yummy. For wat you dish out money wise, their portions could be just a tad more - compared to Chun Wah Kam - but it will fill you up and put you in kanack mode unless your stomach was completely empty and even then you have to be a heavy eater like me to not kanack. Plus, I had "extra" finishing up Da Wife's plate. :grin: I was disappointed wit da service wen I picked up our order as I asked for extra hot sauce and shoyu and da manager asked da server how much was put in our package, gave me a pissy look and reluctantly - as if tinking whether to charge me or not - handed da extra sauces.

Da verdict? I tink............. it's a tie! They both have their own kanack "value" wea La Tour Café you'd really enjoy your food flavor-wise but if you want your tummy to extend a bit ovah da waist of your pants, den Yummy's is your bet. They both still expensive for my pocketbook but then again, I stay chang wen it comes to grindz.





OVERALL

Four Shakas and an Au'right!

So it depends wat you in da mood for but I tink both places have equal "value". They are within da "average" price range of food these days and da bill for both dinings came to just under $30. To me, for lunch for two and half, das kinda on da pricey side but not far from wat we would have normally spent anyways so in da end it was just wat you felt like eating.

In dis particular review, I gotta lean towards La Tour Café though as it did hit flavor town right on da spot. Maybe cause it was a different taste for me but to have been close to full AND enjoy every bite?

Priceless.








Shakanack Review: Battle Of Da Burger Results

September 3rd, 2013
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Howzit! Howzit!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Mines? Filled with cleaning house, running choke errands, taking care of Da Keiki cause she had a double ear infection, Da Baby was a lot more "vocal" dis weekend driving us shmall kine nuts, I made two mistakes in my Fantasy Football draft with my friends and now I tink I caught a cold. All in all, normal in da WWD! household. :lol:

If you've been following da last two Shakanack reviews, it was a throwdown between Teddy's Bigger Burger and The Counter. Aftah further review, da winnah of da battle goes to............

The Counter

Although they both weren't near da Kanack status, imho, The Counter had more ono tasting burgers, da ambiance was inviting, da service was waaay bettah and they definitely had da edge on choosing your options.

Da fall back to both places? Da price. You definitely going break da bank - for those flirting with budgets - whether you dining alone or with da ohana but if you like some change aftah forking ovah your kala, Teddy's has da edge on pricing.

I cannot speak for either place's shakes or desserts but it's not like we could totally afford to anyways. :roll:

All in all, you guys like one step up from Da Big 3 (Mickey's, Jack's, BK), then of course go check out one of these two places out but remembah, leave da checkbook and bring da plastic.

Out of curiosity, anybody make their own burgers?








Shakanack Review: Battle Of Da Burger Part II

August 30th, 2013
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It's funny how a little indecision led us to da next burger joint.

Da Wife and I had da classic "wea you like eat?" talk/fight. We was driving around town and couldn't decide wea - or even wat - we wanted to eat. Da Ward area was packed and so we headed towards Ala Moana on da freeway but for watevah reason decided to go straight and ended up at Kahala Mall.

We wanted to try someplace new for us and low and behold, we ended up The Counter.


If you've nevah been to The Counter, you're given a "checklist" to build your "customized burger" along with a menu of pre-assembled burgers and classic sides for a burger joint.



Build your own burger time!



I was trippin' out wen I saw a particular topping.... can you spock 'em out?


Da Keiki had da Grilled Cheese Kids Meal (comes with fries only) and I gotta say, was pretty ono. Da bread was buttery soft and fluffy and they nevah skimp on da cheese. Da pic makes it look like an "average" size sandwich but da bread was thick so it ends up being filling for any keiki.



It was a toss up as to wat kine of fries we wanted: sweet potato fries, parmesan fries or da chili fries. Hint hint: They have a menu option called da "Fifty-Fifty" which gives you da option to get two choices of fries in a single full order. Our server recognized our dilemma and while da menu "Fifty-Fifty" didn't say, he said they can fifty-fifty our fries combo so we ended up with sweet potato and parmesan.

Since I heard about da sweet potato fries, I had to try dat one and while it was "sweet" it turned out to be tasty as well. I can't say it went along with my burger but if you enjoy contrasting tastes, then it would be a good choice.

Da parmesan fries is winnahs! I gotta warn you though dat it is fairly rich tasting and I was skeptical about it being mixed with rosemary and garlic aioli but wat a great mixture of ingrediments.

Da fries are cut on da smaller side so for me, I needed to eat 'em with a fork.... unless you stay on da kine diet wea you trying to slow down your eating. :lol:




Da Wife had da 1/3lb beef burger with pepperjack cheese, organic mixed greens, tomato, spicy pepperocini's, sauteed mushrooms and da chipotle aioli (I tink) on multigrain bread. I totally fo'got to ask her for sample so I cannot say how da buggah wen taste.



I stepped it up a notch and really wanted to try something different so I forked ovah da additional $4.25 for an organic bison burger! I topped dat off with pepperjack cheese, organic mixed greens, tomato, fresh jalepenos, sauteed onions, applewood bacon and country buttermilk ranch on multigrain bread.

There are choke options to choose from and you're allowed four free toppings, a sauce and bread. You can add more for an additional cost as well as ordering a premuim topping for $1.25 per topping as well. It's pretty neat dat you can make it a bowl or salad too if a burger isn't your passion.

Da bison burger.... well, let me just say dat it isn't worth da additional $4.25. Da only difference I could tell, between any "regular" burger, is dat it was more jucier - not more flavorful - just more jucier. I guess it was a little leaner than beef but I honestly could not tell a taste difference. They also cook your burger to your liking as well.

Da toppings were all fresh and tasty but I was disappointed dat their bread of the day, which was King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread, was sold out. We did have a semi-late lunch and they were hellah busy so we snooze, we lose. :sad: I didnt' care for da country buttermilk as it was runny like watah instead of on da thicker, creamier side as I am accustomed to.

In hind sight, I would have choose totally different unique toppings only cause I should have realized dat we wouldn't be returning anytime soon as we don't frequent da Kahala area. Plus, aftah paying for da bill, it was more of a one time thing instead of an occasional thing.

Naturally, last night I saw online dat they accepted da ID Card (wea establishments offer discounts or freebies for dining in) and I totally didn't even realize it! In fact, I had it in my pocket at dat time and carry it around in da slight chance we might be going to a place dat accepts it but like a lolo, nevah even bother to check and we ended up losing a free appetizer/starter!

Wassup Wit Dat!

Classic yeah? :lol:



Disclaimer:
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 kine kanack grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:






So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Four Shakas and an Au'right!

For da size of da location, I gotta give it props for maximizing da square footage and still keeping a spaced out feel. It still has a "new" feel to it and da decor is contemporary and very easy to enjoy your meal in. They have a FULLY stacked bar with two tv's so if there's nothing to talk about, ESPN should be on. Da staff was very friendly and helpful and even provided Da Keiki with crayons and coloring paper.





KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and a Bumbye

Same like da oddah burger review, unless you ordering a one pounder, no expect to kanack aftah a single meal. I thought da burger and bread was slightly on da smaller side and I'm only talking by da way I can carry it in my hand. There's no way you would kanack unless you ordered anoddah side, a shake and possibly dessert but da idea of building your own burger was fun especially with da great choices they offered. Da Three Shaka's for kanack's is only cause you wouldn't want to eat anything else for awhile aftah wat you paid for your current meal. :lol:





OVERALL

Four Shakas and an Au'right!

The Counter in Kahala Mall is worth checking out if you want a unique experience and a burger wea you really get to make (choose) to your specific liking. I don't have a Three and a Half Shaka rating so I bumped it up to Four Shaka's.

It definitely could/would be a nice date meal wea it is a comfortable place to eat, talk and relax - plus get local kine beer too if you're bombing da date. :razz:

Da toppings were as fresh as can be, da bread was excellent and da (bison) burger was a tad bettah than average in taste but again, it was very juicy so you ain't going to eat a dry burger unless you order it well done but then again, I can't say for certain as I don't order it well done. Plus they state da animals are humanely raised and handled if you look for dat kine stuff.

Is it worth checking out? Most certainly.... but bring your plastic cause you might as well add some points to your credit card if you're paying dat much for (custom) burgers and fries.








Shakanack Review: Battle Of Da Burger Part I

August 26th, 2013
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Da battle is on like Donkey Kong.

Well, no battle really but just two burger places Da Ohana tried out for da first time. I didn't plan on comparing da two but since both were burger joints, it just makes sense yeah?

Da first burger joint we went to on a Saturday afternoon was Teddy's Bigger Burger at da Pearl Ridge location.


Da front counter with a throwback feel. How throwback depends on how old you are.





Da menu if you can read 'em.





It says something wen you're given a wet nap with your meal.





Da Wife had da "Big Combo" which is their base burger with their special sauce. Sorry, I had one shot to take da pic cause she was hungry.








I had da "Western" which had onion rings, bbq sauce and bacon. Yeah, I was saying da samething.... wea's da bacon! I went back up front and asked if had bacon inside da Western cause I couldn't see or taste it. They said they would make an order. Ten minutes latah I asked for it again cause they nevah come back. Aftah anoddah five minutes it came... PAPER THIN! Wassup Wit Dat! No joke, was thin as papah. I lifted da burger and waddah ya know... there was a paper thin slice which was stuck undah da burger but couldn't see it. I also had da garlic fries option which was a disappointment. It was waaay over seasoned and too salty rather than garlicky if at all. :shock:





Da Keiki had da Kids Meal which was chicken nuggets and fries. Da chicken nuggets was left in da fryer way too long as they came out crunchy and oily.





Dis da look I got wen I wen cockaroach one fry from Da Keiki while waiting for my order.





Da damage.



Disclaimer:
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 kine kanack grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:

So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Three Shakas and a Bumbye

Besides sitting on hardwood bench type tables, da Pearl Ridge location was pretty roomy - more than enough to enjoy your meal with your own company. Da biggest saving grace was da décor wea it had a throwback feel. I guess it's a good thing I stay makule.... kind of.





KANACK VALUE


Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

Unless you ordering a one pounder, no expect to kanack aftah a single meal. Da burger wasn't "wow" material but then again I had da western which was covered in bbq sauce and once covered in dat, everything tastes tangy. Da burger itself was "ok" and da bread was average. As mentioned, da fries were disappointing and there's no way to kanack from da portion size. Da price is a little on da high side for da quality received as I see it.





OVERALL

Three Shakas and a Bumbye

Teddy's Bigger Burger is worth checking out if you want a step up in taste from Mickey D's, Jack's or BK as there are flavor differences but expect to pay for it as well - although the price difference isn't more than a couple of bucks. There are oddah menu items dat looks worth trying thus Teddy's getting da Three shaka rating. It's worth checking out.... at least once.