Hawaii Local Grindz: Big City Diner

View of the Hamakua marsh from the lanai at Big City Diner, Kailua.

When I’m not sure what I want to eat for breakfast, I head to Big City Diner. The menu includes mainland favorites like pancakes and eggs as well as local Hawaii touches like Loco Moco and Kimchee Fried Rice. On weekends, the brunch menu adds Eggs Benedict and Salmon and Spinach Benedict. A full bar makes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa possible.

I often order from the keiki (children’s) menu. For five dollars I can get an egg, two strips of bacon or sausage and hash browns or steamed rice, pancakes with bacon or sausage, a “Mr. Chipper” chocolate chip pancake with whipped cream or a Keiki Loco Moco. It’s always enough food. The price for children is four dollars and includes a cup of orange or Guava juice. It always amuses me to get the bill for a Bloody Mary and a Keiki Breakfast. On days like today, when I am tempted by the adult menu, half of it comes home with me in a box unless I can convince someone to split with me.

Mama’s Breakfast Bread Pudding Topped with Haupia Crème Sauce, Roasted Macadamia Nuts and Real Whipped Cream with Two Link Sausage And Two Strips of Honey-Cured Bacon. $7.99. Oh, my!

Big City Diner is very family and child-friendly. Recently, I took a three-year-old companion. The waitress allowed him to order his own juice selection, then invited him to pick out a toy and the color of a balloon that she then filled with helium and tied around his wrist. He was enchanted. I often see local families celebrating birthdays of their children at Big City Diner.

Although I usually hit breakfast, Big City Diner is open for lunch, dinner, and late night food. Here in Kailua, there is live music on Fridays. I know I’ve worked too late when I walk home past BCD and the band is playing on the patio. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. I’ve never been disappointed with a visit and I’ve certainly never left hungry.

Things to know:

There are BCD locations in Kailua, Kaimuki, Ward, Pearlridge and Waipio.

Menus are available online.

The Kailua location is very near the main bus stop in town and the major intersection at the entrance to town (Hamakua and Kailua Road) and across from the Hamakua wetlands.

The Ward location is next to the movie theater, near the shops of the Ward Center/Warehouse.

They take all major credit cards.

Portions are generous.

Save money on food by eating like a local on your Hawaii vacation.

*grindz means food in Hawaii.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Big City Diner is one of my favorite restaurants…I usually recommend it to my customers for ono food and generous portions.  Bread pudding looks tasty!

  2. Bruce, You mentioned a while back about possibly doing a restaurant crawl or something for the HF0 group in September. Can’t remember exactly what you suggested. So, don’t know if you are planning something like that. But is it possible to put together some sort of list of places that fans could go to on their own if it’s not part of their tour? That would be awesome. Just a suggestion.

  3. Sure Barbara, we can put list together of some of our favs. and pass it along! We’re working on this years schedule and are floating the idea of a restaurant crawl one of the nights :)

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