Kenny’s Restaurant

Digest Step Up to the Plate

December 22, 2013

Story By: Alana Folen | Photos by: Leah Friel


There’s no better time than now to indulge in heartwarming, home-cooked comfort food, and Kenny’s Restaurant in Kamehameha Shopping Center serves up your favorite local and American classics with ease. And what screams good, old-fashioned fare more than pork chops?

Kenny’s chefs have their most-coveted recipe for these mouthwatering chops down pat, and senior assistant manager Leihulu Irvine dished up the good stuff on this best-selling entree.

Got a craving? Thick and Juicy Pork Chop is available all day, every day, and every once in a while the dish is featured as a Kenny’s special.

Finish off the dish on a sweet note and splurge on the decadent tempura banana fritter that accompanies the meal. “You wouldn’t think to pair a tempura banana fritter with pork chops, but it brings a sweetness to the savory, and our customers love it,” Irvine explains.

The dish is complemented by two scoops of white, brown or fried rice and a vegetable medley.

“It’s the extra steps that we take to present a good product to our patrons. Our regulars know our pork chops as a gem on the menu,” Irvine says.

For the health conscious there’s no need to worry, the pork chops are coated in flour and pan-seared or grilled depending on diner’s preference. “We want to go the healthier route, so we don’t automatically deep-fry the chops, unless requested.”

Two meaty morsels of pork chop are the stars of this dish. They’re thick and juicy — fitting to its name — and it’s the preparation process that is sure to impress. According to Irvine, the pork chops are vacuumed and tumbled to perfection. The vacuum process allows the pores of the meat to open and absorb the flavors, while the tumbler helps to marinate and tenderize the meat giving way to robust taste. Lastly, the meat is seasoned with salt, pepper, and a secret ingredient, which the chef won’t reveal.

Kenny’s Restaurant

Kamehameha Shopping Center
1620 N. School St.
Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96817

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