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By Chris Fleck Photos By Nathalie Walker
November 25, 2012

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Loco Moco ($7.95)

It seems that gravy is ever-popular on Thanksgiving and throughout the New Year. Continuing on this gravy train I present one of Hawaii’s most popular known dishes, which, of course, is oozing with gravy. Loco Moco Drive-Inn offers a homemade take on the loco moco.

Staying away from gravy powders or any ingredients that include MSG, Loco Moco Drive-Inn’s Loco Moco ($7.95) is made with in-house gravy prepared from a chicken and vegetable broth.

“We use a whole pot of chicken and vegetables and boil it for about three hours straight to come up with a portion of our broth and soup. We then use that to come up with our gravy,” says Loco Moco Drive-Inn manager Mike Zhu.

The restaurant’s hamburger patties also are made from scratch and in-house ingredients.

When brothers Mike and Sheng Zhu took over the Moanalua Shopping Center Loco Moco Drive-Inn location two years ago, they wanted to concentrate on island barbecue favorites.

“We give out big portions for reasonable prices. We have such a variety of selections. My favorite is the short ribs, which comes with two scoops of rice and mac salad,” says Mike.

Another increasingly popular favorite at Loco Moco Drive-Inn is Fried Chicken with Mushrooms ($8.25).

Loco Moco Drive-Inn

Moanalua Shopping Center
930 Valkenburgh St.
Open daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.