A fantastic food lineup

Cover Story

September 11, 2022

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Big City Diner Pearlridge general manager Kimmie Tolhurst stands behind a food line at the outdoor patio area.

While generations of local customers have come to love Big City Diner’s a la carte menu for in-person eats and to-go favorites, the local restaurant group also offers a full range of catering selections for anything from a small ohana get-together to a large corporate function.

The iconic eatery has made a lasting impression with its locally influenced cuisine since 1998 and fea tures restaurants in Kailua, Kaimuki, Pearlridge, Waipio and Windward Mall. Big City Diner continues to offer incredible value as the goto “Hawaiian-style diner” for fresh and hearty meals served in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Spring Roll Platter. This is one of Big City Diner’s most popular catering options.

Some of the popular catering options available include Spring Roll Platter; Shoyu Chicken Platter; Caprese Platter; Crudité Platter featuring an array of fresh veggies; varieties of cheeses, fruits and crackers to build the ultimate charcuterie spread; Shrimp Cocktail; assorted sushi varieties; Baby Back Ribs; Chicken Wings; and many more choices.

“After 25 years in business, people are always surprised that we also do catering,” explains Big City Diner executive chef Dennis Franks. “Whether it’s a simple gathering, or just a potluck event with pans of food, our catering department can fully customize a menu for any occasion. At Big City Diner, we believe in the individuality of our clients, therefore, we do our best to adjust our menus and services to suit your taste and budget.”

Salad is part of the catering options at Big City Diner

Prices for various catering items vary, as the Big City Diner catering team works with customers to tailor selections for multiple events and budgets. Call 808-657-7711 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays or email catering@ bigcitydiner.com to customize a catering menu.

Interior of the Big City Diner Pearlridge patio

“We strive to prepare our popular local, American-inspired comfort food using the freshest ingredients in homemade recipes with locally sourced produce whenever possible,” says Big City Diner owner and president Lane Muraoka. “We’re so thankful for our customers and team members and are extremely grateful for their patronage and support of this small local business. Guests love everything from our fresh salads, healthy selections and our new keto menu to all-day breakfast selections and a full bar offering draft beer, wines by the glass and assorted liquors.”

Interior of the Big City Diner Pearlridge patio

The Big City Diner team invites families to celebrate Grandparent’s Day today (Sept. 11) at Hawaii’s favorite family restaurant and bar. Check out Big City Diner’s website for the latest menu offerings, as well as special promotions throughout the week for the entire family.

Popular deals include Movie Mondays (present a ticket stub from any movie theater and receive 20% off one’s food purchase); Wine & Dine Wednesdays (50% off all bottles and glasses of wine with any food purchase, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.); and Kids Eat Free Thursdays (one keiki up to 10 years old dines free when an accompanying adult purchases an entrée at $15 or more and a beverage, up to two kids per table, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

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