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“So good.....why did it take us to the last day to discover this place”

Tex Drive In & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Dessert in Honokaa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Grass Valley, California
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148 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“So good.....why did it take us to the last day to discover this place”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Found this place on our way to see the Waipo Valley lookout and absolutely fell in love! It is always a good sign to see tourists and locals lined up out the door. I guess this place has become world famous for their malasadas....but it was the lunch menu that got me. Real comfort food done well by very friendly folks. Make it a point to stop and see this place if only for a snack and shake.

I had the Korean chicken mixed plate with rice and mac salad(so freakin good that my wife kept begging me to share). She had a Mahi sandwich and said it was soooo good too. Kids had a hamburger (very good as I stole plenty of my daughters) and a very nice sized hot dog. We ended up taking a couple of malasadas for the road and LOVED enjoying them at a nearby beach park. We will be back for sure and will encourage everyone we know to make it a regular stop when making the drive to Hilo.

PS kids got a kick out of watching the malasadas being made right in front of their eyes (makes the wait easier for kids who have been trapped in a car).

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast at Tex's”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stopped for breakfast on our way over to Hilo. We discovered Malasadas! Great Portuguese donuts. Worth a stop.

Visited April 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Oh..what fun!”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

On a day trip from Kona to Hilo, we stopped at the popular Tex Drive In to have lunch. The very friendly gal at the counter was so friendly, explaining their famous ' malasadas' to us...delicious! Our hamburgers were delicious. The atmosphere reminded me of the old drive in McDonalds, with much better food. You can actually watch the baker making those delicious treats! We are glad we took the time to go!

  • Visited May 2013
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“Little jewel tucked away”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Located in Honoka'a, with a taste of local Hawaiian food, with American classics. Malasadas alone are worth the trip.

  • Visited May 2013
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Kaneohe
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The best malasadas”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

It is a long ride to Hilo to eat the Tex Drive In and restaurant's malasadas but it is worth it. They have fillings for the malasadas. My favorite is the cream filling.

Visited July 2012
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