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Big City’s Secrets

Story By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
November 27 - December 3, 2011

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Big City Diner goes big with its fabulous entrees that satisfy all your cravings. Whether it be juicy burgers that you’re after or refreshingly zesty salads, this award-winning establishment has it all. But don’t think you’ve tried everything just yet. Big City Diner senior executive chef Dennis Franks has created quite a few irresistible off-the-menu entrees.

  • Big City Diner's Chili Cheese Omelette ($7.99) and Guinness Shake ($7.50)
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“The Kalua Pig Benedict ($11.99), Chili Cheese Omelette ($7.99) and Guinness Shake ($7.50) are just a few things that we’ve created here that are only served upon customer’s request,” Franks says.

Franks himself is the mastermind behind all of these off-the-menu creations, always wanting to offer something different and unique to his loyal patrons.

The Kalua Pig Omelette (available at Pearlridge, Waipio and Kailua locations) consists of a toasted English muffin topped with a heaping portion of kalua pig and a poached egg doused in a Hollandaise sauce, and finally garnished with lomi salmon. The meal also comes complete with a side of fruit and your choice of a breakfast starch. As for the Chili Cheese Omelette, Franks says, it’s one of their simplest dishes. This irresistible omelette is filled to the brim with savory chili and melted Cheddar and Jack cheese.

“Customers usually hear about these dishes through word of mouth, and then they come in and request it,” Frank states. “And the Guinness Shake is really popular as well, but it’s only available at our Pearlridge and Waipio locations.”

Nothing fancy here, Big City Diner’s renowned shake purely consists of Guinness stout and chocolate ice cream. Simplicity is key.

So, once again here’s proof in itself that no diner’s finer than Big City Diner.

Big City Diner

  • Where
    • Kaimuki
    • 3565 Waialae Avenue
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    • Kailua
    • 108 Hekili Street
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    • Ward
    • 1060 Auahi Street
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    • Waipio
    • 94-800 Ukee Street
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    • Pearlridge
    • 98-211 Pali Momi Street
  • Call
    • (808) 738-8845 (Kaimuki)
    • (808) 263-8880 (Kailua)
    • (808) 591-8891 (Ward)
    • (808) 678-8868 (Waipio)
    • (808) 487-8188 (Pearlridge)
  • Hours
    • 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Sunday – Thursday
    • 7 a.m. – midnight
    • Friday – Saturday
  • Website