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Windward’s ‘loco’-style eats

A La Carte

January 24, 2021

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: Kaneohe Pancake House

Hawaiian Loco (contact for price)

Expect nothing but the best home-style comfort food at Kaneohe Pancake House, which boasts some top-notch breakfast sweets — think waffles, pancakes and French toast — that have guests flocking to its Kahuhipa Street location from all over the island.

Savory-seekers need not fret, though, because Kaneohe Pancake House also has an impressive array of meat-and-egg combos, omelets and more to satisfy every craving.

New and notable — and only on the special menu for limited times — are the K-Town Loco Moco and Hawaiian Loco (contact for prices and availability).

The former is a play on words, so to speak, as Kaneohe is known to many as K-Town. However, it also has as its foundation a heaping mound of kimchi fried rice and braised boneless short ribs, all covered in eggs and gravy.

“It’s Kaneohe town, but it’s also Koreatown,” says the restaurant’s Jason Sung. “I wanted to make something different.”

The latter, meanwhile, comprises short rib lau lau with beef stew gravy and eggs. A winning combo, to be sure.

“That’s what a loco moco is,” Sung explains. “It’s all smashed together so you can grind it all one time.

“And, these are not everyday things, you gotta come get it while it’s here.”

And, Sung adds, there are also other loco moco varieties available to try on any given day, including kalbi, corned beef hash, chicken cutlet, chili, roast pork and more.

Keep up with all of Kaneohe Pancake House’s specials by following the restaurant on Instagram (@kaneohepancakehouse) and calling in your order.

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