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New Name, Same Great Taste at GoKo

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Leah Friel
July 21, 2013

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While it bears a new name, GoKo Steak & Salad Bar continues to offer local diners great value and exceptional tastes via a revamped menu.

The former Sizzler franchisees re-branded the eatery in May, and have continued the restaurant’s mission of offering quality steak selections, bountiful salad bar offerings and enticing entrees presented along with GoKo’s stellar customer service.

Managing partner Clinton Goo explains that GoKo features fresh-cut, choice beef — not frozen — and that the iconic salad bar is still a best-seller thanks to its vast variety of offerings. The Salad Bar ($14.99 Monday through Saturday until 4 p.m., $17.99 after 4 p.m. and Sunday all day) features assorted greens and vegetables, many of which are grown and harvested locally, as well as various hot items, soups, a taco bar and dessert selections. Diners may also add a trip to the salad bar to any entree for just $7.99 more.

“We pride ourselves on having a fresh salad bar, and whenever possible, we include local produce as well — from tomatoes and cucumbers to water-melon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe,” Goo says. “We also feature choy sum at the salad bar, a locally grown cabbage. We want customers to know that while our name has changed, we’re the same — if not better — and offer the choices they like.”

GoKo has introduced a host of new menu items, including Pulehu Ribs ($19.99 for a half rack and $25.99 for a full rack), which are St. Louis-style ribs soaked in barbecue sauce and basted in a special Korean sauce that invigorates the juicy meat, which falls right off the bone. The entree is accompanied by a choice of rice, baked potato, fries or mashed potatoes and also comes with cole slaw. Diners also may try Furikake Chicken ($12.49) or Korean BBQ Burger ($10.49, add 79 cents for cheese), a one-third-pound ground beef patty served with fries. Additionally, all entrees come with a choice of fresh rolls served with honey butter, or GoKo’s tasty Cheese Toast.

Breakfast options are also available at GoKo, and are served from 7 to 11 a.m. daily at the Pearlridge Center location, Friday through Sunday at Dillingham Plaza, and Saturday and Sunday at Waipahu Town Center. Selections include Jamboree Special ($8.79), which features all-you-caneat hotcakes with two eggs and a choice of two meat selections: bacon, Portuguese sausage or ham. Diners may double up with 2-2-2-2 Breakfast ($10.99), which includes two eggs, two pieces of Portuguese sausage, two link sausages and two strips of bacon, along with rice, toast and jelly.

While GoKo Steak & Salad Bar no longer bears the Sizzler name, the eatery is featuring a redhot offer for diners to take advantage of this week. Hot Deals Hawaii allows customers to purchase a $20 voucher for just $10 through Thursday, July 25 — an offer that does not include alcoholic beverages. Once purchased, the voucher is valid for a year, and expires July 18, 2014.

GoKo also is serving up some tantalizing Summer Specials for customers, in addition to the daily meal specials that are packaged with the restaurant’s iconic salad bar. Those who purchase any dine-in meal can enjoy a fountain drink for just 99 cents. Steak enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that GoKo is featuring a Steak & Fries Combo ($9.99), which includes a 6-ounce steak cooked to order and topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms, along with broccoli, and is accompanied by tasty french fries.

Additionally, GoKo features a “Special Guests” menu for patrons over the age of 60, and they receive 10 percent off regular menu items as well. Those with military identification also receive 10 percent off, and GoKo continues its popular “Kids Eat Free” deal on Tuesdays, where keiki dine on the house all day.

GoKo Steak & Salad Bar

Locations in Pearlridge Center, Dillingham Plaza and Waipahu Town Center
483-3565 (Pearlridge), 832-4665 (Pearlridge), 671-7433 (Waipahu)
All locations open at 11 a.m. for lunch service; breakfast and closing hours vary by day and location.