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Tex Drive In & Restaurant

45-690 Pakalana St Highway 19, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
808 775 0598
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Ranked #3 of 14 Restaurants in Honokaa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We have stopped at Tex for a malasada in the past, but this time we ate lunch there. We shared a meatloaf plate lunch which included meatloaf made with local beef, mashed potatoes/gravy and a green salad. It was delicious and not very expensive. The presentation was great, even though it was in a take-out container. They have a lot... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Food was good...buns are Hawaiian Sweet Bread and burgers were tasty. But the real stars of this place were the Malasadas!! Like a donut...only better. They are larger than normal donuts and are heavier...until you bite into one. Then you realize they are light and fluffy like edible clouds filled with cream filling love. Definitely get one if you pass... More 

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Salem, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are traveling from one side of the Big Island to another, you'll likely pass by this great restaurant. I can't speak for their burgers firsthand, but their Portuguese donuts called Malasadas are incredible. Think square-shaped raised donut with any filling you can think of. I started out buying just one or two when traveling from Waikoloa to Hilo,... More 

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Solana Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Best place to get malasadas! Expect a wait whether drive through or inside. But it's worth it! A real treat!

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Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This place is a small staple on the way towards Waipio Overlook. They have amazing burgers as well as other fusion type foods, but what they are best known for are their Brazilian inspired "malasadas". They are just fried bread covered in sugar and you can get them filled with cream, chocolate, or other types of fruit jam. The prices... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Wi
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went on an excursion on Friday November 14th. On that trip we had a malasada from a different bakery. Our guide on the tour told us we had to try Tex's Drive in for really good ones. We took the drive from Kona to Tex's on Saturday November 15 for breakfast and fresh malasadas. My wife had one filled... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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119 reviews 119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Whenever we're on the Big Island, we try to stop here for the melt-in-your mouth malasadas made fresh on site each day. On this trip, we took our friends -- Big Island residents who had never been here. Everyone left happy. The place has a full menu, but we never make it past the malasadas and hot coffee, which are... More 

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you're looking for the best malasadas, go to Tex Drive In. You can watch them being made and have then filled or not. The Bavarian Cream is divine!!

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We picked up malasadas to take back to the hotel for breakfast the next morning, following our trip to Hilo for the helicopter tour of the volcanoes and a drive around the Big Island. It was fun to watch the ladies making the malasadas and meeting other tourists, too.

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Saratoga, California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

great place to stop on a scenic day along the northeast coast. good food -- eat out on the back patio for views of the ocean.

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Additional Information about Tex Drive In & Restaurant

Address: 45-690 Pakalana St Highway 19, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
Phone Number: 808 775 0598
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honokaa
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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