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October 25, 2004




How does this place compare to Kua Aina's in your opinion? Looks kinda more like an In-N-Out burger from the picture. We have several 50's retro places here in LA like Rocky Cola's and Ruby's Diner here in Redondo Beach. Good hamburgers and nostalgic ambience.


Hi Clinton,

I would say that these are up there with In-N-Out, but In-N-Out still has them beat. I do know that they use fresh ground chuck for their burgers and that each is cooked to order. As for a comparison between this and Kua Aina, I would probably give the nod to Kua Aina only because this is more like fast food, in terms of taste and quality. Hope that helps.

FatMan Seoul

If your eyes are twitching right now, it's because I'm swearing in silence. Those pics just made Mr. Stomach go grr-grr. Beats the crap out of my USD5.00 Big Macs and Whoppers.

I've heard a lot about this "In-N-Out" burgers. You have them over there too? If you do, I look forward to your coverage soon.


Hi FatMan,

We don't have In-N-Out Burger here in Hawaii, but I did a post a while back on the one I visited when I was in Las Vegas. It was around the time that you were MIA. In-N-Out is my favorite fast food burger hands down. McD's has nothing on In-N-Out or Teddy's!


Reid - I read that post on In 'n' Out - never heard of them before, never been to the US... But they look unlike any burgers in my experience. i.e. they look quality. I went and tried a place in Saigon today, but it paled compared to Teddy's and InO.


Hi pieman,

In-N-Out is by far the best fast food burger, in my opinion. The stores are located only in the Western US (Arizona, California and Nevada). The burgers are fresh and super tasty...and a real bargain considering the prices of today's fast food burgers. The other thing to consider is that In-N-Out doesn't franchise any of its fear of it becoming a McD's, Burger King or Jack-In-The-Box.

As far as Teddy's, I would say that it's up there in terms of "fast food" burgers. Not quite as good as the gourmet burgers from Kua Aina or Big City Diner, but much better than McD's any day.

Sorry you don't have much luck with burgers in Vietnam. How are the burgers in the UK?

FatMan Seoul

Yea after reading Reid's In-N-Out post last night, I went out and drowned myself in 1 Big Mac, 1 McWest (which is McD's equivalent to BK's Whopper) and a tub of fries. *sigh* no comfort.

No one needs to remind me - I've watched "Supersize Me". Now get off my back! :o)


Hi FatMan,

We don't have the McWest here. How does it compare to the Big Mac? Is it just a bigger burger without the special sauce?

FatMan Seoul

There's a pic of it here:

Top row, middle pic - that's the one!


Hi FatMan,

You're right...I looks like a Whopper! It's interesting to see what's actually offered by American fast food restaurants overseas. Thanks for sharing!


you people are retarded. how can kua'aina, big city diner, or even in-n-out compare to the juiciness and special sauce of teddy's. these burgers are far superior and more scrumptous than anything yet on the market. you people must not have taste buds.


I will have to say that IMHO, Teddy's is much better than Kua Aina. The burger itself is tastier. Take off a piece of just the meat and compare the two. The sauce is really good too. The fries are medium sized-between the thin McD fries and those big dinner fries. I love them! Iv'e been to Teddy's across the Honolulu Zoo (used to be on Monsarrat nest to Diamond Head crater)and the newer one in Koko Marina Shopping Center. I haven't tried the Express. The Waikiki and Hawaii Kai ones are much bigger in size and is not as cramped.


Hi Matt,

Thanks for dropping by and expressing your opinion. =)

Hi Trisha,

I actually think that the burgers at Teddy's are in a different class than the burgers are Kua 'Aina or Big City diner. It's more fast food than gourmet.

That said, this is probably one of the better "fast food" burgers being served here. I still prefer In-N-Out to Teddy's, but prefer Big City Diner to Kua 'Aina.



the "No Rules Burger" at Outback Steakhouse is pretty good! better than Kua Aina & Teddys IMO

have you tried Outback's burger's yet?

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