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Tex Drive In & Restaurant

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45-690 Pakalana St Highway 19, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
808 775 0598
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6:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • 174
    Excellent
  • 161
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gotta have one!

So thick and chewy. Had planned on just getting the plain donuts but a customer in front raved about the Guava-filling. So we tried it. Although we were full, we enjoyed every bit of it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
kawa808
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Waipahu, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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418 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Humble, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

We were told by our hotel concierge to stop here for the malasadas on our way to Hilo from Kona. We had a bavarian cream, apple and raspberry-still warm and so good. We also grabbed a bag of the croutons based on a recommendation of a local guy who said he eats there just about every day. The regular meals... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We stopped at this bakery for some malasadas (Portuiguese donuts) while on a tour. I had never heard of these and did not know what to expect but when I bit into the soft doughnut with the Bavarian cream filling I was enraptured. They are one of the most delicious sweet treats I have ever tasted. Probably not good for... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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172 reviews 172 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

This was our second time here and the Malasadas are to die for. Soft warm pillowy dough with your choice of multiple fillings made fresh and served with a dusting of sugar. It's hard to eat just one. We will go back every time we get to Hawaii island.

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Waipahu, Hawaii
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

So thick and chewy. Had planned on just getting the plain donuts but a customer in front raved about the Guava-filling. So we tried it. Although we were full, we enjoyed every bit of it.

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Any trip to Big island is not complete till a visit to Tex Drive in for the fix of Malasadas. Last time I picked up Bavarian, Chocolate, strawberry, apple and plain Malasadas. Eat one at the resturant and brought others to Condo. Put in microwave for 30 seconds and it is ok to go. distroy my diet but heck we... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We came across this place by accident. We ordered one Malasadas to share as they looked a bit unhealthy. I think they are but it was delicious. It's not the flashiest place in town but the food was good (we ordered sandwiches) and really great value. There's a little gift shop next door which had some fantastic items we never... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It is a bit of a dive, but the malasadas are great. I am not a huge donut person, but these are different and the fillings are tasty. Worth the drive and a stop for a snack, or a whole meal!

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Cavendish
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Stopped by and grabbed some apple malasadas and they were fantastic! Lots of other fillings are available.

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Longmont, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

While it is really nice to get a nice warm malasada, I guess I expected something out of the ordinary. There was nothing wrong with them, but to my husband and I, they were just warm bismarks. This is more a review saying that it was not what I expected, rather than saying that the malasadas were not good. They... More 

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Port Washington, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were passing through the area during our adventures and just so happened to find Tex's! (I knew I wanted to go here, but of course didn't know exactly where it would be located) The malasadas are prepared right on the premises and they're served warm. A tasty little treat to keep you fueled on your travels!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45-690 Pakalana St Highway 19, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honokaa
  • Phone Number: 808 775 0598

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups
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

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