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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, 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
Go for the Malasada

Had the guava Malasada. It was like a yeast donut. Really good. Saw many of the other meals and they look very good. They have a drive through for those in a hurry.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
dan459us
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London, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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418 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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London, Canada
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355 reviews 355 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Had the guava Malasada. It was like a yeast donut. Really good. Saw many of the other meals and they look very good. They have a drive through for those in a hurry.

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Sedona, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My daughter and I stopped here for a late lunch after hiking down to Waipio Valley. She had a fish sandwich that was huge and amazing. My fish and chips (the daily special) were just fair. BUT....the malasadas definitely lived up to their reputation. They are probably the tastiest, most decadent excuse for a fried pastry I've ever had! Stop... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We stopped at Tex Drive In for a quick lunch and malasadas. While the malasadas were delicious, the other food ordered (hamburgers, teriyaki beef, sandwiches, fries, etc) was average to poor. The beef was so tough, my daughter-in-law threw out most of it. The beef used in the burgers was also stringy. The people taking orders weren't as friendly as... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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51 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had one with Bavarian Creme and one with Guava, then took some plain for the road. I will be dreaming of these malasadas until I am able to get back there!

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Wyoming, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

So, we haven't gone for the food, just for the crazy good malasadas. Warm, sugary, good! Should be on the new triangle food chart the U.S. has. Go, get some, then go for a hike. WORTH IT!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Stop here on your way to the tropic northside of the island. I must say that the only thing that I have had here are the malasadas, but they are worth the drive! My favorite is the mango -- warm, tender dough filled with delicious mango cream and coated in sugar. My sister recommends the rich, creamy chocolate. Either way,... More 

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Kealakekua, Hawaii
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

That's all I need to say! While a great place to stop to take a break, enjoy a meal, and use the restroom, mostly everyone stops by for the Malasada's. Freshly made and comes in an assortment of creamy filling, be sure to by extra to take back with you. If your in a hurry, go early, because they can... More 

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Holualoa, Hawaii
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We ate their twice, the first time was so good. The burgers and chili were real, homemade, but the malasadas aren't to be missed!

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Boston, MA
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167 reviews 167 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I stopped after a Waipoi Valley tour and was told it would be more than 20 mins for a malasada. They "just couldn't keep up". Great news for them I guess, but not for those of us who walked away. 20 mins for a donut, I don't care how good is silly. I'm no genius business person ... but if... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We went there for their famous malasadas and were not disappointed! Freshly baked and delicious! I had to restrict myself to only one! I also tried the local wrap and enjoyed it thoroughly. My daughter enjoyed her Loco Moco. They also have a very nice gift shop so this place is definitely worth a stop! Onolicious!

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