Green Is The Way To Go

A La Carte

March 3, 2019

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: File photos

The Big City Cobb Salad ($15.49)

A popular tradition associated with St. Patrick’s Day is donning festive verdant clothing, also known as “the wearing of the green.” However, there is another way to honor the Irish-themed holiday this year, and that is by eating and drinking green.

All Big City Diner locations are happy to oblige customers who wish to indulge in this exuberance. Owner Lane Muraoka shares that the restaurant will offer green beers on Sunday, March 17. The eatery will also serve green eggs and ham from Monday, March 11 to Sunday, March 17, and all proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association Hawaii.

Additionally, diners can order mint chocolate chip shakes on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16-17, while supplies last. The restaurant’s Big Oreo sundae can also be made with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Muraoka urges customers to make their March 17 afternoon and evening reservations now for groups of six or more, to ensure that the restaurant will have plenty of fresh corned beef available. Guests are also encouraged to arrive by 5 p.m. to take advantage of the beefy goodness — the tasty corned beef will only be available on March 17.

Old Fashioned Shakes ($5.99)

Besides its upcoming St. Patrick’s Day offerings, Big City Diner has many delicious items on its regular menu for guests to indulge in. For example, the restaurant’s timeless floats are simply divine, as they come with a scoop of Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream’s famous vanilla bean ice cream and one’s choice of fountain soft drink.

Keeping customers cool, Big City Diner also serves up The Big Oreo Sundae, which features three scoops of Dave’s vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel sauce, Oreo cookies, whipped cream, mac nuts and chocolate chips. A “Not So Big” Single Scoop Sundae is available, too.

Muraoka, a local boy from Kailua who attended Iolani School, founded Big City Diner and opened its first location in Kaimuki in 1998. The business, which recently celebrated 20 years of serving the community, has grown to a total of six restaurants islandwide.


Big City Diner offers everything from refreshing salads to yummy shakes.

For example, there is The Big City Cobb Salad ($15.49). This satisfying salad is the “not-so-traditional cobb” with hickory-smoked turkey, diced ham, chopped tomato, red onion, black olives, roasted corn, California avocado, jack and cheddar cheese, and romaine lettuce. Old Fashioned Shakes ($5.99) can be had at Big City Diner in Vanilla, Strawberry or Chocolate. The “Not So Big” Shake is $4.99.

So, to enjoy a bounty of mouthwatering flavors, from sweet to savory, head on over to Big City Diner because there really is no diner finer.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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