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Surf & Snack Diamond Head at Ala Moana Beach


Teri Chicken plate, $6.50

Two weeks ago we sampled the grinds at Concessions Surf & Snacks over at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park. The plate lunches there were so good, it only left us wondering in curiosity if there was something even better on the “other side”.

Enter, or more like walk up to Surf & Snack Diamond Head at the – yes – Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Beach Park.

What’s important to note about this particular concession stand is that it’s located on the busier end of the park, nearest Magic Island, where many folks are out on the grass having a picnic, or just cruisin’ the parking lot. Even on this visit on a lazy Thursday at noon, there were considerably more customers than “Concessions” on the Ewa end at the same time and day two weeks ago.

Here’s the place…


Surf and Snacks Diamond Head at Ala Moana Beach Park

The pond is located just behind on the right side, and Magic Island is right across the street…


Ala Moana Beach and Magic Island

What a view. Now let’s get to the grindz.

Diner “E” ordered a Chicken Katsu/Roast Pork mixed plate…


Chicken Katsu/Roast Pork mix, $7.25

The chicken katsu was very good. Moist and tender inside, with a golden brown n’ delicious, crispy panko crust. What was odd was the sauce, which tasted like a Chinese sweet and sour sauce, similar to what’s used for Sweet and Sour Shrimp. But you know what? I liked it! This must might be the new wonder sauce for Katsu.

The Roast Pork was a let down though. The pork itself was cooked nice and tender, but the gravy – the most important part – lacked depth and character.

Which was also the case with my Loco Moco…


Loco Moco, $6.50

Looks fantastic, but again the gravy was a deal-breaker. It just tasted watered down, which it was indeed a bit thin in texture. The burger patty, while having a nicely seared crust, still wasn’t anything special. Also, the rice was soggy, and the mac salad another so-so deal; it didn’t have that desirable creaminess. At least the two sunnyside-up eggs were done perfectly, with the yolks still runny, just the way I like it. So props to that.
The best of the bunch was the Teri Chicken plate that Diner “A” ordered…


Teri Chicken plate, $6.50

And still it wasn’t perfect, yet. The chicken arrived at the table raw on the inside, so Diner “A” had to take it back. Good thing we sat nearby on the surrounding tables to eat. That would have been a hassle had we gone somewhere farther on the beach to eat. So they cooked it all the way, and added another large piece to boot.

Now that it was done right, this boneless, skin-on barbecued teriyaki chicken rocked! The absolutely delicious teriyaki sauce packed a punch, and had enough moisture to coat the outside. The best part was the seared and slightly “papa’a” skin that gave it that hibachi-grilled, smoked flavor. Even though they went back on the grill, they were still very moist and tender. Winner.

There were two guys doing kitchen duty and a girl at the front counter, so staffing wasn’t an issue like it was over at the Ewa “Concessions”.

Got a birthday coming up? Give them “Beach Bucks” Gift Certificates!…

Interesting. Gotta’ say, that would be quite a unique gift. lol Actually, I think this may not be valid, or there may be stipulations, as, according to the girl working at Concessions Surf & Snack on the Ewa end, they’re no longer operated by the same owner and are separate entities now.

Here’s the front window…

The sign in the center promotes Shave Ice, running $3.00. Sounds reasonable enough for frozen water, transformed and covered in syrup.

Here’s the menu…


Click on it to expand the entire menu

Their hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:30pm daily.

We sat on the red table to the left…

Nice lookin’ logo…

Surf & Snack Diamond Head
Concession – Lunch Wagon – Catering
Located at the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Beach Park, across Magic Island
Hours of operation: 8:30am to 5:30pm daily
The Tasty Island rating:

(1) Average. (She Go)

*With note: The Teri Chicken deserves 3 SPAM Musubi.

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Concessions Surf and Snacks at Ala Moana Beach Park

6 thoughts on “Surf & Snack Diamond Head at Ala Moana Beach

  • March 24, 2008 at 8:42 am
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    Oh boy, sure wish I knew about this place when I was home, the teri chicken does look ono!

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  • March 25, 2008 at 9:14 pm
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    Boo, wish Taco Bell in San Diego had those on the menu. Great review and Kalua the Pig is cute, I think. ;-)

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  • March 26, 2008 at 5:34 am
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    Oh Goodness.. Loco Moco!!!
    Just by looking at the picture I would definitely have to agree
    with you on the gravy, very very liquidy for some reason, I love it when its thick and sticks to the rice! yum!
    those eggs also are perfectly cooked! lemme have a bite!!

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  • April 29, 2008 at 7:28 am
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    Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting
    and not 5:30 p.m.

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