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Tex Drive In & Restaurant

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45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
+1 808-775-0598
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“malasadas” (597 reviews)
“bavarian cream” (94 reviews)
“mango” (80 reviews)
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6:30 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
American, Fast Food, Hawaiian
45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
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Reviewed April 12, 2016

Stopped in on the way back from Hilo and was not disappointed. The malasadas are extremely fresh, doughy, warm and decadent! Don't miss this stop. Wish I would have tried the burgers as I've heard great things.

Thank Christine H
Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

Wow, where have I been!? I had no idea what a Malasada was...?And what a fluke that a fellow guest at our hotel recommended stopping here when driving to Hilo, otherwise Inwoukd have never thought to stop in. Originally I wasn't really convinced that we...More

Thank ProfLayton
Reviewed April 9, 2016

hot, fresh malasadas are a wonderful thing, and Tex Drive In delivers. best malasadas I've had on the Big Island!

Thank brian g
Reviewed April 7, 2016

Stopping at Tex for malasadas is an essential part of any trip on the Hamakua Coast. These tasty treats are prepared right before your eyes and my grandchildren have spent hours watching the baker systematically preparing them behind large glass windows. This time we went...More

Thank navvets
Reviewed April 5, 2016

Our "plan" for our first day in Hawaii was to take advantage of the time shift (awake and alert at 4AM!) to do a long-day circumnavigation of the island. This place was recommended, and opens at 6:30, so we planned this as our breakfast stop...More

Thank ebrown19
Reviewed April 2, 2016

After Shave Ice, the next thing to try in Hawaii is Malasadas, which are filled-portugese donuts. They're hot and fresh at Tex; you even get to see them made! A sugar-rush on their own, but we doubled-down and coupled them with island-flavored smoothies.

Thank Glenn B
Reviewed March 29, 2016

Around the back of this tired old strip mini-mall is a tired old fast-food joint that really holds its appeal with the wonderful food it serves. Ignore the surroundings as you didn't come for atmosphere you came for a burger and a few malasadas. First...More

Thank Stevomars
Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

The food quality is truly excellent. You get large servings for cheap. My wife loves the Mala sad as. .We have probably been here 20 times over the last 3 years..

Thank Philip D
Reviewed March 26, 2016

Amazing menu choices for a drive in on the side of the highway. They get a lot of traffic and I'm sure there are many, many locals coming here. We came because of the buzz about their malasadas. Being made constantly during the day, they...More

Thank A A
Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Was told to hit this spot on way to Hilo, was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love a good filled doughnut especially by a local eatery, but this was no better than anywhere else. Giving it a fancy name doesn't make it...More

Thank Rick D
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Peter W
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Response from brian g | Reviewed this property |
No wifi when we were there in April, although cell reception was reasonable.
March 3, 2015|
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Response from Theresa H | Reviewed this property |
There is mix for sale but haven't seen the recipe published.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honokaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-775-0598
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