Local Grinds to the Max

Chew On This Digest

October 28, 2012

Story By: Alana Folen | Photos by: Leah Friel

Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($8.50)

Moanalua Shopping Center is home to Loco Moco Drive Inn, the place to be for all of your local favorites — yes, this includes loco moco, of course.

Owned and operated by Sheng Zhu, this most sought-after eatery opened its doors seven years ago, offering its patrons large portions at affordable values.

“We have a breakfast menu and many plate lunch items to choose from,” says Zhu, who highly recommends Loco Moco Drive Inn’s Loco Moco ($7.95), as the beef patties and gravy are homemade.

While the menu selection might be intimidating to some with its plethora of choices, look to the House Specials part of the menu for some inspiration.

“A lot of people like our Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($8.50), which features seven to eight pieces of tender pork chop seasoned with red pepper, green onion, garlic, salt and pepper,” says Zhu, adding that two scoops of rice and one scoop of mac salad complete the meal.

Spicy Shrimp ($8.75)

Then savor the heat with Spicy Shrimp ($8.75) smothered in butter, and flavored with morsels of garlic and onion doused in a homemade red, hot, spicy sauce. Two scoops of rice and one scoop of mac salad accompany the meal.

“You don’t feel the heat until later,” Zhu says with a laugh. “It’s very spicy, but a lot of people are ordering it.”

According to Zhu, Loco Moco Drive Inn is always updating its menu with a slew of new dishes by customer request.

“We want to make our customers happy and satisfied. That’s what matters.”

Loco Moco Drive Inn

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

Moanalua Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI 96818

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