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“Worth finding in Kailua-Kona”
Review of Chubby's Diner

Chubby's Diner
Ranked #91 of 299 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Chubby's is not really easy to find and you really have to want local good food without the fancy. First of all it is in a bowling alley and the restaurant's name is NOT outside. You have to know it is there. Seeing as it is in a bowling forget about having a romantic conversation. Between the ringing of bells in the arcade and the crashing of pins and balls it is best to keep your expectations low. However, it is a great place for families and hungry people. We split a mixed plate of Teriyaki chicken and Kona pork and it was pretty huge. It came with two scoops of rice, a big scoop of Tuna Mac and a spare place so we could split. Pretty good for about $12.

Their breakfast menu looked very good too, and I am looking forward to trying it. Our server mentioned that the place is part of Big Island Grill which I think is pretty good too.

This place is definitely worth finding if you want to get away from the tourist food places and eat more like a local.

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Thank blamar
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Located in a bowling alley, people line up for Chubby's daily specials. My husband chose the Loco Moco, a Hawaiian breakfast special of Kalua pig, rice, gravy with a fried egg on top. He is a big eater however he did experience a lead belly and could not move for hours.

Thank 209gracea
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Six of us went here for breakfast on the basis of previous reviews both here & on yelp. Breakfast was so-so, ambiance fine if you're there to bowl. For those of us who ordered waffles & pancakes there was only one choice of syrup & it was soon gone with all of us using it. Also had to request more coffee even though there were only four other people eating there. We were all wishing we had gone to Buns in the Sun or even someplace down town with a view. Price wise, no better, no worse than many other places.

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Thank Susan D
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Bowling Alleys are great places to eat in Hawaii...Chubby's Diner is no exception in Kailua-Kona, HI. You can see the bowling alley from the highway, but trying to get to the bowling alley is a little confusing as it is tucked away in the back of the parking lot. There is no sign on the front of the bowling alley. The place was packed with locals--good sign that's the place to be. Had the kalbi and Korean chicken, tuna mac salad and was thoroughly delighted! Chubby's is also known for their oxtail soup and that was yummy! The desserts looked very inviting--good sized portions! Next time I'm in town, gotta go to Chubby's!

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Thank AroundTheWorldLA
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Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

This place was refer by the concierge at the King Kamehameha Hotel...and she the food is great but it is located in a bowling alley! Did not see any signage outside but the concierge said it is the building behind the bakery "Bun in the Sun". As you walk into this building you see a arcade and about ten bowling lanes...we ordered chicken teriyaki and the portions are huge...there portions are just as big as "The Big Island Grill! Not bad good taste and good size portions and great prices! I would recommend this place!

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