Where the dining possibilities are endless

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March 12, 2017

Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Bread ($10.25)

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Bread ($10.25)

For a great mix of healthy and flavorful fare, look no further than the blend of Chinese, Vietnamese and local-style fare served up daily at Fairwood Drive Inn & Pho 27 Cafe.

According to owner Tiffany Ko, customers’ cravings for a wide range of dishes are sure to be satisfied by the plethora of healthy options offered by the sister eateries, which are both housed in one large and welcoming dining space.

For example, at Fairwood Drive Inn, a casual take-out-style eatery, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Garlic Bread ($10.25) is prepared with ground beef and lots of veggies.

Enjoy one of Pho 27 Cafe's cold rice noodle dishes for a refreshing, light and healthy meal. FILE PHOTO

Enjoy one of Pho 27 Cafe’s cold rice noodle dishes for a refreshing, light and healthy meal. FILE PHOTO

“We use onions, celery and all kinds of vegetables to cook and make the sauce,” says Ko. “A lot of people like this dish because it’s healthy, not oily, and our spaghetti doesn’t have much sugar. Nowadays, people are not choosing rice (dishes) as much.”

Another best-seller on the Fairwood menu is Fish & Shrimp Plate ($11.95), which features a fish fillet with fried shrimp, rice and macaroni salad.

“This entree is a local favorite,” Ko says. “If a local group of 10 people come in, at least eight people order this.”

If customers choose to dine at Pho 27 Cafe, which offers dine-in service in a fun and comfortable setting, the menu there is extensive, too. Ko recommends Cold Rice Noodle with Spring Rolls & Barbecue Pork ($12.95). Cold rice noodle entrees offer vermicelli noodles that are served with lettuce, bean sprouts, sliced cucumbers and crushed peanuts.

Fish & Shrimp Plate ($11.95)

Fish & Shrimp Plate ($11.95)

“This entree is really good because it has lots of vegetables and cold noodles,” Ko says. “Nowadays, people are choosing lighter meals — items that aren’t heavy or oily — and this dish is good because it doesn’t have high cholesterol.”

Ko reminds customers to cut out the restaurant coupon on this page in Dining Out to receive 15 percent off at Pho 27 Cafe and 10 percent off at Fairwood Drive Inn.

Visit the dining destination at Kaimuki Shopping Center, where it is conveniently located on the top level. Fairwood Drive Inn & Pho 27 Cafe, which continues to be popular with students, professionals and families alike, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fairwood Drive Inn & Pho 27 Cafe

Kaimuki Shopping Center
3221 Waialae Ave., Ste, 21, Kaimuki
Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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