Kay LC – Kay’s Lunch Center

We finally went to Kay LC for lunch on a rainy Christmas Eve. It’s close by and we’ve walked past it many times without going in. The menu is what would be considered traditional Hawaiian food, a cross between American diner and east Asian fast food. So you can get pancakes and veggie omelet, or Chinese 5-spice pork belly and fried ahi, or tonkatsu bento box and sushi. It’s greasy, and that’s part of the point. It’s “hangover food” as T-bone says, although you don’t have to be hungover to enjoy it. Three of us ate there (and were full for many hours after) for $23

684 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI.
(808) 969-1776

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Big Island Pizza

This is probably our main guilty pleasures here. When we just don’t feel like cooking, we can walk over to B.I.P. (we can actually see it from the lanai) and order a pie. It’s not the cheapest pizza around but it’s better than the alternatives of Domino’s and Pizza Hut.
(There’s also a traveling pizza hot truck with a portable wood oven that makes excellent, inexpensive pizza, but it’s in town only on Tuesdays)


They have online ordering and an interesting menu, with toppings ranging from mashed potatoes to coconut prawns. They have lots of sizes, including a mammoth 28″ pie for $92.

The best part is probably their crust (although all the ingredients are fresh and I have no complaints about them). Hawai’i in … Read the rest

Aloha Dispatch Day 13

So, lilikoi is the same as passionfruit, which explains why I couldn’t find any lilikoi in our box of passionfruit.

We’ve put ourselves on something of an austerity budget, partly to keep us focused on work and partly to keep us from just eating out every meal. There are not a lot of great restaurants, but there are enough good ones and they’re nee to us and look interesting enough to make us want to explore them – and we have a small kitchen and a toddler who likes to get into everything. So it would be easy to spend a lot of money eating out, but we’ll try to spend our money on the farmers market and limit our restaurant usage to twice per … Read the rest

Aloha Dispatch Day 10

I needed quarters for laundry (it feels regressive to be doing coin-op laundry again). I went to the bank next door and stood behind a guy at the bank today who was trying to open an account with his lady friend who had no ID of any kind. They both looked like burnouts and I concluded that there are probably a lot of people without ID here, living off the grid with little money and no insurance.

There is a measurement, like I.Q., called Life Skills that some people have more than others. And there is a kind of Peter Principle of geography – people tend to migrate where their life skills are at the level of incompetency. To live in New York City, you need … Read the rest

Aloha Day 3

We have a new favorite pizza place, Big Island Pizza. When we were in Decatur our favorite place to eat was Mellow Mushroom, and B.I.P. is very similar. The crust is not thin like New York style, but is not greasy like Pizza Hut.
A question was answered for me: “What do Hawaiians call ‘Hawaiian Pizza’?” Do they simply call it ‘pizza’, the way that Mexican food is simply called, ‘food’ in Mexico?
It turns out that at this place anyway, Hawaiian pizza is called Maui pizza. I don’t know what they call it in Maui.
I’ve noticed lots of sweet onions (what I would call Vidalia onions but here are Maui onions) on everything. Onions must be cheap here.

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