Don't expect frills at this family-friendly diner, which serves up cheap and cheerful Hawaiian classics. Chicken wings, beef stew, and pork laulau wrapped in taro leaves jump off a menu that has barely changed since the first Highway Inn opened in 1947. Favorites include the kalua pig and cabbage and the loco moco (rice topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy). This second branch of the mini chain, in the artsy, up-and-coming Kaka’ako neighborhood of Honolulu, uses gluten-free kiawe-bean flour in some recipes and caters to vegetarians with offerings like seared local tofu on organic greens with ginger vinaigrette. Save space for the iconic Hawaiian dessert haupia (coconut-milk flan).
There are no frills at this airy and family-friendly diner, which serves up traditional, yet cheap and cheerful, Hawaiian food. Chicken wings, laulau pork wrapped in taro leaves, shredded kalua pork and beef stew jump off a menu that has barely changed since the restaurant opened in 1947.