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Anna Miller’s Celebrates 40 Years With 40-cent Pie

By Michelle Lee Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
September 1, 2013

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If one were to look at a photograph of Pearlridge Center from 40 years ago, the scene would be almost unrecognizable. There would be no H-1 freeway or shopping mall in sight. However, seeing one particular establishment, Anna Miller’s, would undoubtedly evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Known for its delicious baked goods and comfort food, the restaurant has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Ilima Award for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Dessert.” Celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, Anna Miller’s has become a landmark restaurant to the local community. In honor of this milestone, during the months of September and October, Anna Miller’s will offer a slice of freshly baked pie for only 40 cents with the purchase of any sandwich or dinner and beverage.

Open 24 hours a day, Anna Miller’s is a family-friendly restaurant, where patrons can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at any time of day.

“We really cater our menu and services to our customers,” says Wade Hashizume, area manager of Anna Miller’s. “Whatever you are craving, regardless of the time, we can make it for you.”

Most famous for its homemade pies, Anna Miller’s offers 23 varieties of mouthwatering pies, ranging from Fresh Strawberry, Dutch Apple to Haupia Chocolate. “Unlike some supermarket retailers who leave their pies out for several days until they are sold, we bake our pies for that day only,” says Hashizume. “Everything is homemade on the premises.”

As much of a technical skill as it is experimental, baking an Anna Miller’s pie requires focus and patience.

“These days, baking has become such a mechanized trade with very little human effort involved,” explains Hashizume. “Our staff makes it a point to roll out the dough by hand and know what the pie should look, feel and smell like at every step of the process.”

In addition to its desserts, Anna Miller’s also boasts an impressive dining menu. For breakfast, daily specials, such as Fried Rice Omelette ($8.99) and Fried Rice with Portuguese Sausage ($8.79), are popular options. The Club House ($10.99) and Chicken Pot Pie ($10.99) are also local favorites, made completely from scratch.

“We have offered the pot pie since the beginning,” says Hashizume. “The crust is crisp and flaky, and our cream filling uses fresh peas, carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms.”

Even after 40 years in operation, Anna Miller’s remains the same. “The original owner, Stanley Miller, always wanted to run an honest place where people can count on great food for an unbeatable value,” explains Hashizume. “We will always stay true to that philosophy.”

Anna Miller’s

Pearlridge Center
98-115 Kaonohi St., Aiea
487-2421
Open 24 hours