Loco Moco / I Hope All This Jumping…

Monday, February 2, 2009 11comments No tags Permalink 0

…around between NYC and Hawai’i posts isn’t confusing. If I possessed any proper sense of organization I would have finished all my Hawai’i meals before trekking back east. Regardless, I cannot help but move as my whims call :)

Today, we’re back for lunch at Jack’s in Aina Haina.

Above, the “daily” specials. “Daily” is used quotations because I am fairly sure that the specials board has not changed since my last visit in summer 2008 :)

I like to start off my meals here – whether they be breakfast or lunch (Jack’s is closed for dinner) with a hot biscuit and honey butter. For lack of better words, the honey butter is SO GOOD. So Good. We could easily make this at home – whip butter with streams of honey. But as someone who used to slice chunks of salted butter for midday “snacks,” I don’t trust myself with such a task. There would be no more butter left to slather on biscuits by the time I was done whipping.

They never give enough butter. So I always have to ask for more. And they are always happy to give. Meals at Jack’s are always a happy affair.

Mom had the Portuguese sausage fried rice with a fried egg on top…

…while I went with chili-rice. Rainbow’s Drive-In and Zippy’s makes the best local chili as far as my experiences run. But oh, while we’re on the subject of chili, check out this photo Dan posted of Kathyrn’s chili. Now that is what I’ll be craving on a chilly (no pun intended, haha) day.

The chili proved decent enough to hold my attention…UNTIL…until, until, until…Dad’s loco moco came out.

I shoved my plate aside and aimed my fork in the direction of his plate.

Dad knowingly smiled, “what? wish you had ordered something else?” Being the awesome person he is, dad cut me a massive share of his loco moco. Mounds of hot rice, hamburger patty, grilled onions and mushrooms topped with a fried egg. And Then. Gravy. All. Over.

Cholesterol counts do not exist in our universe.

This was supposed to be the loco moco upskirt shot, but everything is doused in brown gravy so it all looks the same in the end. As good as it was, the gravy was severe overkill. Cinnamon’s in Kailua portions everything just right. After years of breakfast and lunch visits, it’s easy to conclude that breakfast is definitely Jack’s stronger suit. While lunch here will never wrong you, it also will never impress. The pancakes though, speak of dreamy wonders.

Post-Jack’s we took a trip down to Gecko’s in Kaimuki where I proceeded to wiped out of all the used Archie Comics they had in stock. I’ve been collecting these comic books since 2nd grade, much thanks to my parents for funding this silly habit. Dad was pretty sure I’d grow out of them by the time middle school came around…

…we’re still waiting for that day, haha. Gecko’s is my go-to source for comic books in Hawai’i. I’ve been coming here for as long as I can remember, scouring the ratty cardboard boxes for old comics. Sometimes I’ll get the new comics – but the stories in those aren’t nearly as exciting as the comics from the early 90s. I get my plastic covers here too. And have never seen another female in the shop. Which disturbs me a bit. But. Oh well, as long as I have a steady supply of comics, all is good.

Previous Posts on Jack’s:



Here’s wishing Don a happy, happy birthday ^_^

Jack’s Restaurant

Aina Haina Shopping Center

830 W Hind Dr

Honolulu, Hawaii 96821

  • SicklyBug and Cassaendra
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy!I was going to ask about Jack’s but didn’t want to seem weird. Glad you were able to fit a visit there. Ironically, having grown up in Aina Haina, I only went to Jack’s 3-4 times…after I moved out on my own. Gecko’s is good stuff. I used to visit Jelly’s too when it was in Keeaumoku, and then when they moved to Kapahulu. Have you tried there too? I haven’t gone back in 15 years, so I don’t know how they are these days though.- Cassaendra

  • K and S
    February 2, 2009

    yummy post :) didn’t know you were an Archie’s fan :)

  • anonymous
    February 3, 2009

    As always, I truly enjoy these Hawaii posts and I like that you are spreading them out over time. It kinda helps pass the time between trips back there.I should be back there in time to go to the KCC Farmers’ Market Saturday and will raise a Ginger Soda or an ear of corn in your honor!AlohaAlan from Makiki

  • g
    February 3, 2009

    o…m…g …with rice! Makes me want to get trashed to get a hangover so that I can cure it…with loco moco!

  • anonymous
    February 3, 2009

    OMG! I can’t believe you’re an Archie fan. In today’s cyberspace world, I thought comics were slowly dying with the younger generation. I’m so glad you still appreciate Archie and his gang!

  • Tamakikat
    February 3, 2009

    Hey there as always enjoying your posts:)Jacks sounds great.Love that you love comics. I haven’t seen an ‘Archie’ in years…talk about take me back:) TK

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 3, 2009

    Hey Kat!Oh man, I’m crazzzy about Archies! ^_^Hey Cassaendra!You grew up in Aina Haina? That’s awesome! We move around a lot – various parts of East Oahu, but Aina Haina was the one neighborhood we lived in longest. My cousins looove Jelly’s, but I’m a bigger fan of Gecko’s, more cozy inside and nicer people :)Hey Alan!Thank youu! I try to schedule my trips as to fit in as many Saturday’s as possible. The market is so touristy now! But still good ^_^Hey G!Haha, a locomoco would be the perfect hangover cure indeed! But trashed or not, you don’t need any excuse to indulge :DHey Anon!I’m always so excited when I meet someone else who likes Archie’s!! Archie comic fans are a dying breed, I’m afraid. Three cheers for comic books! :DHey TK!Thank you! Comics, especially Archie’s are a nice escape from this cyber-centric world of today ^_^

  • anonymous
    February 3, 2009

    Kathy, I'm an Archie's fan too! I'm used to collect all of them, Archie, Archie Digest, Archie & Friends, etc, etc including Jughead :-)

  • KirkK
    February 3, 2009

    Oh my….that gravy is calling to me!

  • kelly
    February 4, 2009

    Is there really such thing as too much gravy?? I’ve never had hamburger steak at Jack’s, but I agree about the one at Cinnamons….omg so good!!

  • Yvo
    February 26, 2009

    I love Archie! I have a ton of the old digest-style ones. They’re so expensive now but looks like your store has a ton of new ones for cheap. I actually go to Comic Con (not for Archie alone)… and have met some of the artists for Archie! :) Archie style comics are a dying breed though. Sadface.

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