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June 28, 2020

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: Big City Diner

Corporate executive chef Dennis Franks with Big City Diner’s fan-favorite ribs (a sampling is included as part of the 4th of July Weekend Family Rib Pack) and a bottle of “Famous Guava-BBQ” Sauce. A. Consillio photo

Families around the state are looking forward to Fourth of July feasts, and Big City Diner takes the stress out of meal planning with a couple of hearty holiday specials for the July 3-5 weekend.

Enjoy a 4th of July Weekend Breakfast Family Pack ($59.99) that serves a family of up to five people. Included in the meal are 10 pieces of Ani’s Awesome Cinnamon Bread French Toast; scrambled eggs; 10 breakfast sausage links and Portuguese sausage pieces; six scoops of steamed white rice and roasted macadamia bread pudding with haupia cream sauce for dessert.

Celebrating in the afternoon or evening? Opt for the 4th of July Weekend Family Rib Pack ($84.99) that serves three to four people. It’s a meat-lovers dream that features a full rack of baby back ribs (that’s 12-13 bones); 10-12 spicy guava-BBQ chicken wings; a pound of Hawaiian rock-salt spicy-garlic soy beans; Tutu’s large Caesar salad with local roma tomatoes; and 2 pounds of roasted-garlic mashed potatoes. The restaurant’s famous bread pudding tops it all off as a sweet treat.

Pig & Peas in a Haystack

Orders for either 4th of July pack must be placed at least two hours before pickup. Call the location nearest you to find out more or order online.

There are also big things planned for weekday diners, including a Thursday deal that’s perfect for families. Keiki up to age 10 can eat for free from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., as long as an adult at their table purchases an entrĂ©e priced at $12 or more and a drink. Favorites for young ones include Mr. Chipper, a chocolate chip pancake delight; Pig & Peas in a Haystack, featuring diced ham, green peas and macaroni smothered in cheddar cheese; as well as Mama’s Homemade Meatloaf.

Check out the accompanying sidebar for the full weekday special lineup for dine-in patrons.

In fact, there’s so much in store, including deals for first responders, wine-lovers, graduates and more.

Mr. Chipper

Keep up to date with all of it by visiting bigcitydinerhawaii.com.

Good eats for grads

Graduation celebrations look a little di˚ erent this year, and for those planning a family party at home can take the ease out of food preparation with one of Big City Diner’s graduation to-go packs ($279.99). It serves 12-15 people and comes with spicy-garlic soybeans with Hawaiian rock-salt spice; steamed white rice with furikake sprinkle; local-style fried min noodles with Chinatown char-siu, fresh veggies and local egg; spicy guava-BBQ chicken wings; homemade hamburger steak with caramelized onions; roasted-garlic shrimp skewers; and li-hing fresh island pineapple for dessert.

“People have been ordering more than one if they have a larger party,” explains owner Lane Muraoka. “We make it easy and simple, and they can supplement the packs with any of our food.”

At least 24 hours notice is required for orders. Call the location nearest you, or visit bigcitydinerhawaii.com.

Big deals

There are some spectacular dine-in specials at Big City Diner that guests can take advantage of.

Visit bigcitydinerhawaii.com for details.

Movie Mondays

Those that present their movie ticket stubs — when theaters reopen, of course — will receive 20 percent o˚ their entrĂ©e if also purchasing a beverage. Also, look forward to $4 Miller Lite pints.

Thank a Trooper & First Responder Tuesday

Military members and first responders with valid ID will receive 15 percent o˚ their entrĂ©e, as well as special $4 Samuel Adams pints.

Wine & Dine Wednesday

All bottles and glasses of wine are 50 percent off.

Kids Eat Free Thursday

From 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., keiki up to age 10 can eat for free if an accompanying adult purchases a dine-in entrĂ©e that’s $12 or more.

Happy Pau Hana Hour

Check it out from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, including a $4 Corona beer.

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