Oh the irony, I just blogged about Hawaii’s fine restaurants being cited in “Food and Wine” magazine and today all I can think about is a burger. Let me clarify, as I really love good food and here in Hawaii we have so many amazing options – Pacific-Rim, authentic Chinese, Japanese and Regional Cuisine – but sometimes you just want a burger.

I often get asked by family and friends on the mainland, “so what do people eat in Hawaii?” And yes the 808-state does consume more rice, sushi, pork hash, SPAM and Asian inspired foods then people living in Nebraska. But we also eat all sorts of other stuff too like hamburgers! So imagine my glee when I learned that “The Shack” will be opening a new store in Waikiki.

“The Shack” is a fun neighborhood style sports bar and restaurant with four locations on Oahu – Mililani, Kailua, Hawaii Kai and now Waikiki and also one on Kauai in Kapa’a. While not everyone may know your name, these relaxed establishments are similar to “Cheers” in that they attract a wide range of local residents. The food is inexpensive, the service is good, informal and if you want bar food – this is the place. The Hawaii Kai store has great views of Koko Head and you can sit outside by the water.

The new location will be in the Waikiki Trade Center on Kuhio Avenue, where “Legends Seafood” currently stands. At 9,000 square feet, this will be the largest of the “shacks” and is slated to open this July. If I have offended any vegetarians or vegans, I am truly sorry. What can I say – sometimes you just want a burger. And yes, you can order that burger with pineapple on top.


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