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"Puka Puka is my favorite "Local" grinds place on Bay Front Hilo. They have all the favorites but with an International twist. Garlic fried rice, Japan style curry, fried oysters, Lamb, falafel, salmon salad with somen noodles, fresh ahi and mahi mahi, donburi, gyoza,chicken katsu, saimin, brown rice..." tea, and specials daily.
The hours are tough if you have a 9 to 5 job, Mon-Sat 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, and Thu-Fri 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, but we always hit it Friday nights or Saturdays for brunch. Space wise there are really only 4 tables and a long counter, but we seem to walk in at the magic moment when a table opens everytime. Puka Puka offers take out Bento if you cannot wait to be seated. This would not really be the place for a big party. The Waitress is a true beauty inside and out - always patient and kind - knowing people may have waited a little to get their table. Puka Puka's Chef and cooks are talented and friendly, always smiling with a greeting and a thank you for each meal tha...
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"Oh, yeah, we arrive in paradise at 9pm plane-weary and hungry, looking for something to eat ... in Hilo. "There's Ken's," says the rental counter.
Best advice I've gotten in long time.
What a great spot Ken's House of Pancakes is: fast, friendly, featuring food to satisfy, and packed with reg..."ulars. It may sound unbelievable, but the people were really happy and jolly -- customers and staff alike. Everybody. There wasn't a frown in the place.
Pancakes, omelets, loco moco, and service with a smile. Easy on the wallet and open 24 / 7. No wonder it's been in business for over 40 years.
So, in the great-neighborhood-eatery hall of fame, Ken's has got to be at the top of the list. If opportunity knocks, get there. Do not miss this treat.
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