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  • Next on 'Ono Kine Grindz:

    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

    Recently Consumed:

    Zaney's, Downtown Honolulu
    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Yakiniku Toraji
    Sushi Masa
    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Tsukuneya Robata Grill

    If you would like to give me a tip on a new restaurant that is opening up, or give me a recommendation on some of your favorite restaurants, please send an e-mail to:

    onokinegrindz (at) yahoo (dot) com

    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

    New Diner's Drive In
    Border Grill
    Penang Malaysian
    Chez Panisse
    Zuni Cafe
    Indonesia Restaurant
    Boston's North End Pizza
    Happy Inn
    Kat's Sushi
    Fritz's European Bakery
    Makino Chaya
    Singapore/Bangkok Posts
    Chin's Kahala
    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
    Hamura Saimin Stand
    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    San Francisco, CA

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
    Paris, France
    Chicago, IL
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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February 18, 2006


Jimmy en

Reid, I use to really enjoy going to the original Diners back in the 80's and early 90's. Remember the old commericals starring Mel Cabang? I would always get either the teriyaki beef/pork plate or the half chicken. What I also enjoyed was their mac salad which contained watercress, something you rarely or wont find in a mac salad these days. Their food started to go downhill when Diners was sold around 1995. Then it was sold again a few years back and has now been reincarnated as the New Diners. Frankly, I think their food really sucks, they spent great money renovating the place but did a lousy job on their menu. I heard "good" things about the place and was very disappointed when I tried their food.


it reminds me of this old diner near me in los angeles called nick's. at some point, the "old" nick left, and an imposter nick took his place! they all but put a sign out front that said "new management, now with new nick". some people said the food improved because it was less oily, but c'mon, it's not a greasy spoon for nothin'.


Is the Diner's in Waimalu also "new"? I live right near it but I haven't been there in awhile. That location seems to retain some of the old Diner's menu after the changeover like the chicken katsu but it's still not the same. My dad knew something was different when his favorite, the oxtail soup ,didn't taste the same anymore.

Other things I remember about the old Diner's (along with the Mel Cabang commercials) were the hamburger combo which had an enormous amount of fries, and the spaghetti plate...spaghetti + rice + mac salad, only in Hawaii!


Reid - Diner's isn't even a blip on my plate lunch radar anymore. On my last visit home, the food was terrible. Too bad, I used to love Diners on Keeaumoku St......


I remember going to Diner's Drive-In as a child back in the 80's. My parents would always bring me to the restaurants located in Kalihi and Waipahu. I remember in the Waipahu Restaurant, they would have 2 separate sections: 1) the choice menu (like at Panda's or Pattie's) and 2) the regular menu. I would always order the bentos. That combination of fried eggs, luncheon meat (I know it wasn't spam), and teriyaki beef covering a steamed rice. The daikon and umi was great too! My mom always got the teribeef plate and dad would have something different all the time. I'd make them get me a side macaroni salad. Now that I'm pregnant, I've been thinking a lot about the food I used to have there. If anyone knows where the old recipes are...they bettah bring em back out for the locals who loved their food!


my mom use to work the night shift at diner's back in the 80's and she'd bring home the leftovers for us to taste my favorite was the oxtail soup and half chicken, cannot have a plate w/o the mac, i'm throwing a potluck haw'n style and i'm in search of the mac salad recipe, i loved it with the teriyaki sauce drizzled over the mac.
thanks, press

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