This multi-cake stack may not seem too impressive, until you know it's just a side dish option for breakfast. You could pick: toast, hash browns, rice (this is Hawaii, after all), or this giant portion of pancakes. While these traditional pancakes are exceptionally good, pancake lovers may want to focus their meal on the haupia (coconut pudding) version, which is famous island-wide.
A local offered a tip for Hawaiian Style Café: order anything with smoked pork. They smoke it themselves, and you'll often find it in omelet form on the handwritten specials whiteboard. The giant omelet can barely contain the smoked pork, mushrooms, onions, and cheese.
Da Tita Mok
There are endless varieties of the classic Hawaiian dish, Loco Moco, on offer around town, but Hawaiian Style itself offers the mother of them all: the Da Tita Mok. In addition to the usual beef patty, there's fried chicken, Portuguese sausage, and Spam hiding under the egg. Most importantly, the plain-Jane white rice has been traded in for a flavor bomb, courtesy of fried rice. It’s a monster, but one of the tastiest gravy-doused monsters ever eaten.
Sweetbread French Toast
Hawaiian sweetbread’s fluffy texture and playful sweetness are practically destined to become French toast. Hawaiian Style certainly isn’t the first place to figure that out, but they do make it well, and it’s worth ordering. Especially because you can get a side order of…
This meaty hash is offered as a side or in full portion size. For those trying to squeeze as much flavor into one meal as possible, getting the side order will give you a hit of the crisp porky potato mixture. This one, on a tip from a valet at a nearby resort, is easy to miss, and yet is unmissable.
Pulehu Lamb Ribs
An outlier on a menu filled with diner style classics, curiosity can cause one to pick this. That curiosity will be rewarded. Pulehu is a Hawaiian term for the cooking method used: broiled over a fire. A light seasoning is rubbed onto the slab, and then the ribs are scored and grilled until the fatty bits melt and soften the meat. Served with white rice (all the better to soak up the lamb juice) and the cafe’s own tuna-mac salad.