Diner A had a doctor’s appointment today in the Pearlridge area, so afterward for lunch, he decided to check out the grindz at Forty Niner Restaurant on the corner of Honomanu street and Kamehameha highway in Aiea, nextdoor to KFC. This small, stand-alone mom ‘n pop establishment was re-opened under the same name in 2006 by Will Cordes and ohana, taking over where the Chagami family left off after being in business for 56 years.
This was actually the first time Diner A ever set foot in the establishment, even after living in the area for many, many years. Which is ironic, as, just like Will mentioned in a Honolulu Advertiser write-up about the place, “Every day, somebody comes in and says they’ve driven by and never eaten here before.”
On his inaugural visit, Diner A chose the Teriyaki burger and fries…
It’s good to see they lightly toast the bun. Toasted buns are happy buns!
The fries ($2.35) had a golden crispy crust with a rich flavor to it, almost as if they were deep fried in lard. Very interesting multi-faceted texture. They were also salted perfectly, which is always appreciated. I tried some and they were fantastic.
For the teriyaki burger ($2.35), he said it was quite tasty, except he would have preferred the sauce to be a bit thicker, and missed a tomato to go along with the lettuce. At least it was a decent size hand-made patty, and not one of them frozen “generi-pucks”
Overall he rated Forty Niner’s burger and fries a solid 3 SPAM Musubi, noting that he’ll likely return again this weekend for an encore.
There’s plenty of other choices on the menu as well…
On the left side of the menu board are the breakfast items, saimin, oxtail soup and side orders.
So the next time you’re in the Pearlridge area and you’re in the mood for local style grinds at a place with a long history behind it, don’t drive by – make a stop at Forty Niner Restaurant.
The restaurant has six customer parking stalls available on the right side of the building.
Forty Niner Restaurant
98-110 Honomanu St
Aiea, HI 96701
The Tasty Island Rating (on a Teriyaki Burger and Fries):
(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)