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A La Carte

December 1, 2019

Story By: Caroline Wright |

Big City Diner general manager Missy Caban in front of the Big City Diner Christmas Bar. Anthony Consillio photo

It’s time to dust off the antlers and elf ears, time to get that magnificently ugly holiday sweater out of the mothballs! For a limited time, the Christmas Bar Pop-Up at Ward Entertainment Center is back for the 2019 season, and it’s bigger, better, and more festive than ever.

Kimchee Grilled Cheese ($11). Photos by Selena Conmackie/Big City Diner

Just in time for the holidays, Big City Diner has been transformed into an over-the-top holiday spectacle. Surrounded by lights, tinsel, candy canes, ornaments, and all the trimmings, you and your family and friends can enjoy treats that might have been created in Santa’s toy kitchen workshop. It’s a collaborative effort between Lane Muraoka of Big City Diner and Bill Tobin, Albert Ake, and Michael Miller of Tiki’s Grill & Bar.

Big City Diner Christmas
Bar Pop-Up. Anthony Consillio photo

Delectably constructed with smoked gouda and sharp cheddar on sesame Caesar crusted sourdough, the Kris Kringle’s Kimchee Grilled Cheese ($11) is a local take on an old favorite. Mele Kalikimaka Mini Turkey Pot Pie ($12) actually consists of two delicious pies in puff pastry, topped with cranberry orange relish and housemade gravy. And their name will make you chuckle, but their taste will make you moan with pleasure: the Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer… Meatballs ($13) are made with Hunan-style venison and pork, and glazed with hoisin sesame sauce.

Big City Diner Christmas Bar Pop-Up. Anthony Consillio photo

If you’d like a festive beverage to go with your nibbles, there’s an enticing menu of drinks that can be made with or without alcohol. “We anticipate our Frozen Hot Chocolate and Butter Beer to be our top sellers, but don’t forget about the Melted Snowman Martini or the Clause-mopolitan,” says Lane Muraoka, owner of Big City Diner. “There’s fun for everyone.” And with a trolley stop nearby, this is the perfect place to wrap up a tour of the Honolulu City Lights!

Meatballs ($13)

Mini Turkey Pot Pie($12)

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