Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in Hawaii. Here’s where Guy Fieri dug in.by: Chris Bailey
posted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM
This family-owned restaurant and local favorite has been serving authentic Hawaiian food for 60-plus years. Highway Inn is one of the most decorated Hawaiian restaurants in the state, having won numerous local awards—including our sister publication HONOLULU Magazine’s prestigious Hale Aina dining award.
What did Guy eat?
The restaurant’s management didn’t want to divulge too many details about DD&D's visit, but shared that they prepared a number of items from their large menu for Guy to sample. That menu includes both Hawaiian food favorites (lomi salmon, kalua pig) and more unusual, yet still traditional fare (squid luau, butterfish stew and pipikaula—Hawaiian dried beef—pictured left, flanked alongside bowls of kalua pig and poi).
Guy’s take on Hawaiian food:
Apparently, Highway Inn was one of Fieri’s first experiences with Hawaiian food. The verdict? “He seemed to really like it,” says Highway Inn owner Regina Toguchi. “Then again, our food is good.”
94-226 Leoku St., Waipahu, (808) 677-4345
Broadcast dates have not been set for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' Hawaii-filmed segments. We'll let you know when they're on the Food Network schedule as soon as we do.
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