I got home late from work tonight and I was working on the previous post for more than an hour! I'm too tired to write this up, so here are the pictures. Story to follow.
About a week ago, actually I can't really remember already, I had to pick some friends up at the airport. They were hungry, and rather than drive around looking for someplace to eat at, we decided that we would eat at the first place that we came across that was still open or at the first place that we could think about that was still open. Well, we came across Byron's Drive-In near the airport entrance/exit on Nimitz. That settled that.
Byron's Drive-In...hmmmm. Even though I lived nearby, I never really came to eat here. If I had to get some late night munching sessions in, I normally went to eat out in the general direction of "town." Byron's is open 24 hours and it does draw a decent crowd at most times during the day. What actually brought me here was the bright lights and the need to get something to eat...fast.
There were a lot of items on the menu and the kitchen area was fairly clean. The most surprising thing was how lit up the place was.
I ordered the loco moco. I'll post the price here when I can locate my notes.
The bonus here was that I actually got two eggs cooked over easy. The yolks broke when I tried to "gently" lift them up and out of the way so that I could take a photo of what was below. There was a ton of rice, topped with a couple of homemade hamburger patties and a scoop of macaroni salad there in the back corner. All of it was covered in gravy.
For those of you who don't know, the loco moco is "local" comfort food. Rice, eggs, hamburger and gravy. No real science, but the thing that really makes this dish is the gravy. It should be thick, flavorful and plentiful. Well, there certainly was a lot of gravy here, but it was lumpy and cold...and, it didn't really taste good, in my opinion. It had a "greasy-buttery" sort of flavor. If it weren't for the gravy, I think this would have been a lot better. The hamburger patties, were a little better than average and the macaroni salad...just OK.
Given Byron's extensive menu, it's location (near the airport) and it's hours of operation (24/7), it may make sense for someone in the area to stop by and check this place out. Although the gravy for the loco moco was not up to par, in my opinion, there are some other things that I've had here that were quite good (the shrimp burger) and the prices are quite reasonable.
3297 North Nimitz Highway