Dishes That Are Sure to Put a Big Smile on Your Face

Features Inside Feature

March 24, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

From its humble beginning in 1998, Big City Diner has grown to five locations in Pearlridge, Waipio, Ward, Kailua and Kaimuki, where the first Big City Diner opened. Owner and president Lane Muraoka’s goal is to cater to the culinary wants and needs of the community.

  • Senior Executive Chef Dennis Franks adds the finishing touches to BBQ Chicken Salad
  • Big City Diner has everything your appetite desires.
  • Teriyaki Hamburger Steak ($10.99)
  • Server Russell Collier with Teri Hamburger Steak and BBQ Chicken Salad
  • Patty Melt ($10.99)
  • BBQ Chicken Salad ($11.99)
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According to Big City Diner, its success is based on the hard work and commitment of its nearly 400 team members who strive to provide excellent customer service to all who walk through the doors, as well as provide customers with exceptional food quality.

Big City Diner has new additions to the menu that are already proving to be customer favorites.

Teriyaki Hamburger Steak ($10.99) combines the local-favorite teriyaki flavor with the local staple hamburger steak. “A lot of people request this dish,” says senior executive chef Dennis Franks. The dish is topped not only with teriyaki sauce, but also caramelized onions and scallions.

If a burger or sandwich is more your speed, Big City Diner now offers a Patty Melt ($10.99) with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and Thousand Island dressing — all between pieces of grilled Texas toast bread. This dish is served with skin-on fries or roasted garlic fries (for only 99 cents extra), and according to Chef Franks, this dish has a good following.

For those who are still sticking to their “healthy eating” New Year’s resolution, you’re in luck! BBQ Chicken Salad ($11.99) is served with romaine lettuce, roasted corn, flame-broiled grilled chicken with barbecue sauce, fresh avocados, and is topped with onion rings and served with a barbecue ranch dressing.

Big City Diner also has $10 weekly specials on rotation that are served from 11 a.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last, and the restaurant is adding on another week of Grilled Asian Fish Oriental (Swai). It was originally only served during Week 3, but because customers raved about the dish, Big City Diner decided to add it as an option for Week 6. It is prepared Oriental style with ginger sauce. “We have people who set alarms on their phones for that one,” says Franks.

Week 3 is coming up this week, so be sure to go down to a Big City Diner location and try the Grilled Asian Fish Oriental (Swai).

There are many options to choose from at Big City Diner including salads, famous local creations, local-style fried min, specialty sandwiches, burgers and more. Locations are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night dining (available after 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays), and there also are catering options.

Follow Big City Diner on Twitter at @BigCityDiner and Lane Muraoka at @BCDlane for specials and information on the restaurant.

Big City Diner

  • Where
    • Kaimuki
    • 3565 Waialae Avenue
    • Kailua
    • 108 Hekili Street
    • Ward
    • 1060 Auahi Street
    • Waipio
    • 94-800 Ukee Street
    • 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

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