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First Byte: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Ewa Beach

So I was in Ewa Beach at the relatively new Laulani Village shopping Center this past week running a business errand, where I decided to grab lunch at the “still smell the paint drying on the walls” brand spankin’ new Teddy’s Bigger Burgers.

Upon reading the now numerous reviews on Yelp, most folks rave about the ono burgers, spot-on consistency (with other Teddy’s locations) and EXCELLENT service at the new Teddy’s in Ewa Beach. However they unanimously complained how small the indoor seating area is, especially for the volume of business they’re doing.

Well, after my visit, I must concur. Teddy’s may serve bigger and better burgers in Ewa Beach, but their restaurant is far from meeting that slogan from a brick and mortar restaurant aspect, being more like “Teddy’s Smaller and Inadequate Burger Joint”. Ooh! OUCH!

I’m sorry Ewa Teddy, and I hope your wife didn’t hear that, but it’s true. While I never got to experience it, folks on Yelp who were lucky enough to score a table inside within the confines of cool air conditioned comfort, still didn’t enjoy the experience when it got busy — which apparently is most of the time — with several reviewers noting “You get a face full of waiting customer @ss as you you’re trying to eat.” Oh man, not good. So not good. Well it could be good if they have a nice @ss. But if not, you get their point, no pun intended.

Really, all they need are umbrellas for those outdoor tables, and for the most part, problem solved.

Anyhow, let’s take a look around inside the newly opened Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa…

Looks pretty much like most other Teddy’s locations.

The wash basin for customers to use so they can wash off all the mess from those juicy burgers is a nice touch!

That’s it for seating indoor seating. Just eight 4-place tables, making it a total of 32 heads at any given time. Where I already see how I’d rearrange the place for improved accommodations and efficiency.

What I’d do to improve this joint, is make a 3′ high partition wall that creates a hallway along the inside wall leading from the entrane/exit door, where customers would have an access path to the front counter. The condiment station would be moved to the side window area where you pick up your order, which makes more functional sense. That would leave the entire rest of the available floor space limitless in how its arranged for seating, allowing for individual counter seats, 2-seat and 4 seat table configurations, while still allowing wheelchair access for compliance. I’d illustrate a floor plan for you, but that’s beyond the scope of this post. I’m not THAT OCD! lol!!!

Surfing along, while other Teddy’s locations have whimsical murals painted on their walls depicting the area they’re located, Teddy’s depiction of the Ewa Beach community is done on this surfboard…

There’s another surfboard on the opposite side of the entrance wall in honor of the US armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy & Marines).

Some cool art deco’ goin’ on…

I was gonna’ say that looks like a pineapple or a rabbit, but I think it’s supposed to be a cheeseburger. Don’t you see a rabbit? No?

As I sat at Ewa Teddy’s official “people awaiting their order” 2-person bench, here’s the front of what developed into being a VERY long line behind me…

Here’s Teddy’s much needed overflow outdoor seating — umbrella extra charge (actually not currently available) — scorched by the blazin’ hot Ewa Beach sun…

If you buy any burger combo’, you can get a Teddy’s logo T-shirt for just $10, which sounds like a pretty good deal..

Teddy’s featured burgers of the month (the “Kailua Style” has actually been their location-wide featured burger for years now)…

Teddy’s Ewa Beach main menu…

Hmmm, what should I get? Their signature 100% ground chuck beef burgers are out of my equation. I’m not a big fan of Alaskan Pollock, so the fish burger is out. Which I must say, Teddy’s, what’s up with that? For the premium prices you’re charging, we should be getting locally-raised beef and fresh-caught island fish such as Mahimahi or Ono!

Well, there’s been quite a lot of Yelper raves about Teddy’s Veggie Burger, so that’s what I went with on this “First Byte” Ewa visit…


Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at the Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa Beach – Veggie Burger Combo, with Swiss Cheese and Mushrooms, sub’ Teddy’s sauce with Mayo’ -. $12.95

So now that I have my pipin’ hot, cooked-to-order Teddy’s Veggie Burger Combo’, let’s go sit down and eat! Let’s go sit down and eat! Um… oh, what? Every seat’s taken? Huh? How can that be? I beat the rush! Well, as folks on Yelp had already pointed out, the small space (obviously too small for the volume they’re doing) here accommodates very limited seating, and this was peak lunch hour, with most folks looking like they were either just starting or halfway through their meal, so I knew there was no hope waiting.

And I sure as heck wasn’t going to eat outside in that scorchin’ hot Ewa Beach sun on those tables with no umbrella or awning covering them.

Oh well,  so I took my “dine-in” order to go…

And? Winnahz! Being consistent with the other Teddy’s locations I frequent, including the Waikiki and Hawaii Kai locations, Ewa Teddy’s thick-cut fries were seasoned with just the right amount of kosher salt. They also have perfect texture, being nice ‘n golden crispy outside, and pillowy-steamy-tender inside. And that potato skin. Oh that glorious, slightly chewy, fibrous, “spudsy” potato skin left on some, but not all the cuts… LOVE THAT!  They just taste so fresh, like Idaho is right in the backyard, kinda’ fresh!  Blows In ‘n Out, that’s for sure. And the fries portion was just the right amount to fill me up temporarily while I abstained from using my cellphone, yet still able to put on my lipstick and eyeliner AND eat my awesome Ewa Teddy’s fries while driving back to the office. Ha!

Seriously though, as far as “standard” potato-based fries are concerned, Teddy’s are up there on my short list for contention as “Best Burger Joint Fries” on Oahu. I’m not talkin’ cut waffle, or curly, or spiral, or “TOT” or sweet, or what have you. I’m talking the good ‘ole ALL AMERICAN BURGER FRIES. In fact, I have to confess that I visit fast food burger joints at least once a week. You know what for? Fries. Yup, I’ll go in and order the biggest and baddest size McDonalds fries, and that it. Walk out a happy camper. Oh, god how I love McDonald’s fries. No burgers. No wraps. No this or that. Just a big ole helping of McD’s PERFECT fries. and oh do they hit the spot!  I’ll take Teddy’s fries over McD’s any day, however for “Fries cravings” convenience, you know how I roll. lol

Now back at the office, let’s get a better look at Teddy’s Ewa Beach Veggie Burger (which should be like a Veggie Burger from any other Teddy’s location).

Oh, that’s just so sensually whispering in my ear, “You know you want me.”

Gotta’ get that cross-cut shot…

It’s interesting seeing how various places build their burgers. Notice at Teddy’s, “The Burger Build” goes like this: bun bottom (toasted!), patty, special request toppings (in this case sauteed mushrooms and melted swiss cheese, tomato, sliced white onions, pickles, lettuce, sauce (in this case Mayo’), bun top (toasted!).

Whereas, say The Shack puts their lettuce and tomatoes UNDER the patty, with the special request toppings on top, with mayo’ slathered on both top and bottom of the toasted bun.

So what about the Veggie patty? What’s the deal there?…

As you see, it’s flame-grilled just like their beef burgers. While I didn’t ask, I’m 99.015792463% sure its previously frozen. And how does it taste?…

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EXCELLENT!  Certainly not “beefy”, but quite “meaty” tasting for a veggie patty, resembling perhaps a little bit of chicken and veal. It’s a bit more dense than I’d like, and also a bit on the dry side, like most veggie patties tend to be in comparison to that fatty beef. However the thick slathering of mayo, along with the melted swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms toppings more than made up for that, bringing back some of that tasty “fatty” factor absent in the patty itself.

Which of course negates the point of ordering a veggie burger to cut calories and fat to begin with. But hey, still, it’s gotta’ taste satisfying, right?! So yes, if you order Teddy’s Veggie Burger, MAKE SURE you add your favorite additional toppings, as it’s definitely going to need it. It will set you back a couple more bucks, but it’s worth it.

What I also love about Teddy’s burgers besides the fact that they’re flame-grilled, and use top quality fresh ingredients, is Teddy’s Potato Buns. Oh Teddy are your buns! lol So soft ‘n supple inside, yet with enough density and glutenous “chew”, and a firm enough crust to hold it all together, not falling apart even with all them juices. Most importantly, they TOAST the inside, thank God! That light dusting of flour on the potato bun also adds this interesting textural dimension to it as you hold the burger to your mouth. It’s those “little” things that really add the “better” to their “bigger” slogan,-sounding name.

But yeah, for you vegetarians, pescetarians or “whatever’arians” out there, check out Teddy’s Veggie Burger. Add your favorite juicy toppinz’, and along with their most excellent skin-on thick-cut fries and drink combo, you’ve got a flame-grilled, option-to-beef burger WINNAH’!

As for service, regardless of there being a long line (which I was fortunate to be in front of when I arrived), my order arrived in my hands within 5 minutes, which they call you by your receipt number, just like Zippy’s. The workers there were also very friendly, and the place was spotless, including the self-serve soda fountain and condiment station.

Other than the lack of indoor seating, Ewa Beach Teddy my friend, your proven consistent excellent flame-grilled burgers ‘n thick skin-on fries — including the Veggie combo’ , along with your friendly staff and convenient location, certainly are now up in the ranks to be the biggest and best on Oahu’s west!

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa Beach
91-1085 Keaunui Drive
Ewa Beach, Hawaii  96706

Tel. (808) 685-8000
www.TeddysBiggerBurgers.com

Related links:
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Ewa Beach – Yelp user review
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Waikiki – The Tasty Island
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Hawaii Kai – The Tasty Island
Teddy’s Fish ‘n Chips – The Tasty Island|
The New Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa Beach – The Tasty Island

Semi-related links:
Honolulu Burger Company (Makiki) – The Tasty Island
The Counter (Kahala Mall) – The Tasty Island

P.S. As of this writing (dated 7/20/13), along with Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, other businesses that have also recently opened in Laulani Village Shopping Center include Walgreens, a stand-alone Starbucks (along with their joined location within Safeway) and Panda Express (this one located in the front corner wing). Businesses with signs or banners up announcing to open soon are The UPS Store (reader David’s business!), Sprint (to be located next to Teddy’s), and in the front corner wing, Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen and Royal Nails.

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P.P.S. This quite interesting looking military vessel named ‘Pacific Tracker’, based in Virginia, has been docked at Honolulu Harbor over the past month..

As is obvious by the array of massive “golf ball” radar domes atop it, Pacific Tracker uses missile tracking X-Band technology, similar to the larger one that’s stationed at Pearl Harbor. When KJU is behaving nicely as a young boy should, the much larger SBX-1 vessel is usually seen docked at Pearl. When not, it’s out and about performing baby sitter duties.

21 thoughts on “First Byte: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Ewa Beach

  • July 20, 2013 at 11:27 am
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    Hmmm, I just thought of something. I wonder if that Pacific Tracker ship is here for the filming of Godzilla? I can just see the “Big G” lopping off them X-Band globes while the ship sits right there in Honolulu Harbor and whipping them at incoming F-35 fighter jets like Nolan Ryan threw a baseball. Ah, the magic of CGI.

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  • July 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm
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    I was at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers in Ewa Beach the other night for dinner around 7 pm. The line was almost out the door. Got a 7oz. burger done my way, onion rings and drink. Scored a table inside all by myself. They brought my order right to the table. Everything was great but burger needed just a pinch more salt. You are right, the place is very tight for the amount of business they are doing.

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  • July 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm
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    Pomai, try the fish burger with mayo, not the special sauce. You will be pleasantly surprised as a pescatarian.
    Also, we always have the Panko Batter Cod and the Pub House Halibut in our freezer from Costco. The Halibut is pricy, but both are excellent choices if you do not wish to prepare a complete meal. It is well to remember that both are raw and therefore should be put in toaster oven straight from freezer. 20 min. on toaster cycle. Again you should be pleasantly surprised.

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  • July 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm
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    Pomai, love hamburgers but always have hard time finding one place that serve good buns that goes with a good burger. The buns at time too soft and fall apart after stacking burger together. I never try Teddy yet but buns look good and firm enough to hold burger. In San Francisco my cousin took me to a place that serve pretzel buns that hold burgers pretty good. Too bad forgot name of place.

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    • July 21, 2013 at 12:16 am
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      Pomai, many places you can find the best burgers but like Aaron wrote a good roll or bun for it is most important also. I too can’t stand to have my burger fall apart on me while holding it and bite into it.

      Which places do you know make or serve best rolls or buns for it aside from Teddys? I do like chibbata type bread like at Safeway used on their sandwiches. Breads is most important part of a good sandwiches or burgers and hotdogs.

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      • July 21, 2013 at 5:21 am
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        Too bad Moss Burger folded up sometime ago. Instead of bread rice cakes, I use big sixe bagels for my bugers and sandwiches for it firm texture hold fillings well and not fall apart on you. I will have my cousins in San Francisco check on pretzel rolls sound good at Wendy.

        Opp! There no more Wendys in San Francisco due high wages to workers. They have outside of the city only.

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        • July 21, 2013 at 9:13 am
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          @ Amy – I don’t recall the former Waikiki MOS Burger serving burgers with “rice cake” buns. However, reader Debbie-Chan sent me a photo of an “Okinawan Burger” made that way, served at the MOS Burger locations in Okinawa of course. Here it is…


          “Okinawa Burger” from MOS Burger in Okinawa – photo courtesy of Debbie-Chan

          I swear, I so need to replicate that at home and blog it. Dig the “rice cake bun” with the crisped edge concept! Instead of SPAM, I’ll use a Teriyaki Ahi Patty. Should work OK with the egg.

          Interesting. I wasn’t aware San Francisco has the highest miminum wage in the nation, clocking in (no pun intended) at $10.55/hr. Wow! The City & County of Honolulu is FAR behind that at $7.25/hr., yet our living expense is just as high as S.F. Yikes!

          Speaking of San Fran’ and burgers, have you ever seen a burger there made with their famous Sourdough Bread? Now THAT I gotta’ try! Hawaii’s Costco now sells Boudin’s San Francisco Sourdough Bread. Only thing junk is, they pre-slice it thinly. WTH? I’ll slice my own bread!

          @ Kelike – While I haven’t Google’d for it, I’m curious if there exists a burger joint modeled like Subway, where you custom build your burger right there at the counter in the same fashion, in this case by a “Burger Artist”. Most crucial besides all the fresh toppings to hand-pick ‘n choose, are of course the FRESH-BAKED BUNS made in-house daily! That’s definitely the most brilliant business model Subway chose in designing their systematic sub sandwiches. It gave them the edge over even traditional mom ‘n pop delis. Never fails, whenever I walk into a Subway, when I smell those buns baking, I’m hungry! I’m gettin’ a Subway sandwich! It would be even greater if this “Subway style” Burger Joint took it to the next level and also ground and shaped their burger patties right there in-house, where customers can SEE exactly what kind of meat (or meat substitute) is going into their burger. They would certainly need one extra staff member who only handles the baking, grinding and grilling of the burgers, along with 2 “Burger Artists”, with whom one may serve as the manager. 3-team shifts.

          That would be so awesome! It would be the burger joint equivalent of Subway-meets-Blimpie. Genius!

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  • July 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm
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    @ Ken – Glad to hear from you! I was about to give you a call just to check if all is well. I know I still “owe” you that Gaspar’s Chorizo comparo’. Only thing, it’s been in my freezer for so long now, I don’t think it would be fair to compare it, but just to try it and blog about, which is what I’ll do soon.

    So who has the best burger out Waianae side? Or anywhere along the west coast?

    @ pat – Well, after my last experience with Teddy’s Pollock-based Fish ‘n Chips, I’m still skeptical about the Pollock-based fish sandwich, but I’ll take your word for it and try it. I’m thinking of requesting Tartar Sauce instead of Mayo’ for that McD’s Fillet O’ Fish flavor profile, which is really the only sandwich I like from the Golden Arches. Ironically, the Fillet O’ Fish is notoriously high in calories and fat. Go figure.

    I was always curious about that Pub House Halibut at Costco, yet was always skeptical about frozen fish (the Trident Fish Sticks from Costco are pretty good though!). Now that you recommend it, that’s going in my shopping cart on my next Costco run! Fish ‘n Chips in 20 minutes sounds good to me! As for Fish ‘n Chips sauce, I’m all about Cocktail Sauce, not Tartar Sauce. Love the bite of the horseradish in combination with the acidity from the squeeze of lemon (not malt vinegar). Yeah, baby!

    I always wanted to a “Hunt for Hawaii’s Best Fish ‘n Chips” series. Loved the stuff ever since I was a kid, since we traveled a lot, and most western restaurants even in foreign countries had Fish ‘n Chips on the menu, so I became familiar with it and a big fan.

    @ Aaron – Teddy’s nice buns (ha-ha!) are potato buns, complete with that dusting of flour on it. Wendy’s has been promoting their new Pretzel Buns, however I’m not sure if the locations here on Oahu have it yet (there’s not that many Wendy’s on Oahu).

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  • July 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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    Pomai,

    We have McDonalds, Burger King and Jack in the Box. No Wendy’s as of yet in Waianae. I haven’t been burger hunting in local restaurants which I should do.

    I’ve been waiting for Teddy’s Bigger Burger to move out to the west side. Talked to the counter person and she indicated another Teddy’s is in the works later this year getting closer to Waianae. There is a rumor Zippys will open in Waianae shopping center.

    I did try Faith’s Place restaurant take-out for a hamburger and fries and was disappointed especially with the hamburger having fillers in it and the fries were soggy.

    There are a number of local Waianae restaurants that you can get a burger in including The Army Rest Camp.

    Normally when I want a burger I make my own. I use Costco’s Kirkland organic ground beef course ground to mix with Kirkland hickory smoked bacon course ground 50/50 mix with Lawry’s seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper and then I press into ¼ lb. patties and individually vacuum seal each patty. Sometimes I’ll add a ¼ lb. of Gaspar’s Portuguese sausage course ground to the mix to kick the hamburger patties up a notch.

    I’ve been doing Korean (Hannara and In & Out Sushi), Japanese sushi (Sun Sushi best fresh in Waianae), Mexican (Tacos & More), Latin American (Coquito’s), L & L Hawaiian BBQ, Red Baron’s Pizza (great Pastrami sandwich) and Blazin Steaks.

    I’ve been making my own pizzas, KFC style fried chicken (with pressure cooker) and Chinese wok stir-fry because the cooking oil used in Waianae Chinese restaurants taste funny. I use only peanut oil for my Chinese stir-fry cooking. I’ve also been doing a lot of experimenting with my T-fal ActiFry deep fat fryer that only uses 1 tablespoon of oil to cook up to 2 lbs. of crispy French fries or Chinese stir-fry. Set it and forget it as it does the stir-fry food turning over for you.

    I am just about finished with my last purchase of Gaspar’s Portuguese sausage and will be ordering 12 lbs. 50/50 pack 6 lbs. ea. Linguica and Chourico. When I get fresh sausage in I’ll let you know so you can try fresh Linguica and Chourico this time.

    Now that I found King’s Hawaiian New England Style Top Split Hot Dog Buns in Hawaii (only New England style buns in Hawaii) I’ll be making my New England style hot dogs, New England lobster rolls (COSTCO’s has plenty of frozen lobster tails, claws and arms for lobster meat daily), Maine style crab rolls, fried scallop, fried oyster rolls and tuna, chicken, turkey, ham, egg salad rolls. I might even try making a spam roll or Vienna sausage roll.

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    • July 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm
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      Ken-san,

      Looking at Teddy’s website, it looks like the next slated location will be in Kapolei. I’m really surprised there isn’t any Zippy’s locations out there as of yet.

      West Oahu (the “Waianae coast”) really should be a premiere travel destination on Oahu, it just needs developers and politicians who have the b@lls to do it. It would provide much needed jobs and improve what continues to be an eye sore, when it shouldn’t be. Hawaii’s not the same. People need to get over that. It never will be. Culture and identity (I’m 1/4 Hawaiian) can still be preserved along with an educated, modern lifestyle. It just takes a little thinking outside the proverbial box.

      Now you got me on that New England Style Hot Dog. As for Lobster Rolls, they just featured that recently on the Travel Channel, where one east coast eatery was popular for NOT putting any seasoning (such as Old Bay) in their Mayonnaise. Strictly generous chunks of the best lobster tail meat mixed with good ‘ole mayonnaise, smothered generously in a fresh-baked roll. That’s it. Bam!

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      • July 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm
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        Pomai,

        I’m a New Englander convert to West Side Oahu. Old Hawaiian style neighborhood! When they improve Farrington Highway then we’ll talk about tourists. Till then, keep em out!!! We like the way we live! Too many already coming to Waianae small boat harbor and Makaha Valley riding stables plus Pacific Links bought up all the golf courses in West Oahu and trying to change everything into Chinese tourist town trying to build on last agricultural land left in Makaha Valley and bringing big heavy tour buses on our back road.

        A very good New England style lobster roll starts with combination of cooked tail, claw and knuckle meat cut about bite size but large enough to make impressive presentation (some leave claw meat whole to put on top). NO seasoning except just enough mayonnaise (New England favorite is Hellmann’s which is Best Foods in Hawaii) to just bind the meat together and not over power the flavor of the lobster meat; let sit for at least 15 min for flavor to develop in refrigerator.

        Meanwhile take a New England Top Split Hot Dog Bun and wash the non-baked bread sides with clarified butter and grill to a golden brown each side. Place the only addition of a single lettuce leaf sized for the bun to protect the bun from getting soggy. Fill with the lobster meat bound together by mayonnaise placing whole claws on top for presentation. New England Top Split Hot Dog Buns will stand upright on their own. Indulge yourself with your savory seafood creation with buttery crunchy grill bread adding to the sweet lobster meat taste.

        There is one other New England alternative only found in State of Connecticut and its call a Hot Lobster Roll. Lobster is quickly poached in boiling water to kill it but not cook it all the way. Lobster is cooled and then meat is picked out of shell and chopped as if you are making a cold lobster roll above.

        Butter and grill a New England Top Split Hot Dog Bun as above. Quickly sauté the lobster meat in clarified butter till cooked through being careful not to overcook as just like shrimp will turn to hard rubber. Fill the grilled New England Top Split Hot Dog Bun with sautéed lobster meat only. Enjoy the buttery sweet goodness!!! Very very addictive!!!

        What really adds to the New England lobster roll in the King’s Hawaiian New England Top Split Hot Dog Bun is they are made with the Portuguese sweet bread dough.

        There is no “Bam” but a big “Boom” explosion in your mouth of flavor when done right!

        See Belle Isle Seafood in Boston, Ma. ½ lb. cold lobster roll dress with mayo on grilled New England Top Split Hot Dog Bun $20 ea.: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/belle-isle-lobster-and-seafood-boston?select=N-DczDqn42UNb8L4s2AeIQ#8Dr-zTQwUDFKHC2YXzuPnQ

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  • July 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm
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    It’s probably weird to be able to recognize the make of a veggie burger, but I’m pretty sure that’s the MorningStar Farms Garden Patty, just in case you were curious (it’s my second least favorite patty, to compressed and meaty-like in texture for me).

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    • July 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm
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      h,

      You are right. I just called Teddy’s and they said their Veggie patties are indeed Morning Star, however she couldn’t specify exactly which one. Still, their execution is done so well, while the quality of all the other ingredients, along with the “veggie” patty being flame-grilled to order really makes all the difference. The smokey smell of burgers cooking on the grill while you wait for your order certainly add to the “hype” of it, all of course.

      I recall you mentioning your favorite Morning Star patty, however can’t recall exactly which one that is. Our Costco is kinda’ fleeting when it comes to handing out Morning Star Patty samples. Last one I sampled was the “breakfast sausage” version, which was darned delish! However, you know how it is with Costco, where the samples always taste better in the warehouse, then when you end up buying it, then for some weird reason, it’s not as delicious at home then when you tried that iddy-bitty sample from “the sample lady”. Like Costco’s “sample lady” has some kind of “sample black magic”, making you wanna’ buy it. Dang it!

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  • July 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm
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    LOL I agree about the samples! My favorite veggie burger is the Original Garden Burger (that’s the brand, not a MorningStar product). I think different people look for different qualities in a veggie burger. Garden Burger is unique, it’s not densely packed, and has a mushroomy flavor. It’s not a burger replacement by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s very tasty and versatile. I think I might eat 3 or 4 a week. I like to chop one up into pieces, add to a salad of lettuce, tomato, pickle and avocado if I have any, then mix mustard and ketchup as “salad dressing”

    Morning Star doesn’t quite pass my texture test, but I’ll eat them since the ingredients are identifiable and still borders on “this” side of patty substitute and not a meat replacement. The main one I won’t eat… EVER is Boca Burgers. Blech… might as well be meat. Lots of synthetic flavorings and TVP. Unless people are eating those for health reasons, I think they should probably just splurge and eat a burger.

    In other news, wow, Teddy’s isn’t joking around with that mayo, are they? If you asked for it on the side, would it be served in a vat? :-D

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    • July 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm
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      h,

      OK, you sold me on the ‘Original Garden Burger’ brand the moment you described is as being “mushroomy” and “not as densely packed”. Both virtues I personally TOTALLY look for in a GREAT “veggie” burger. I’m sure our local Down to Earth or Whole Foods has that brand.

      Yeah, they hit it pretty hard with the mayo’, but in this case for the veggie patty, I think was for the better. If it had that much mayo’ in a fatty ‘n greasy beef burger, it’d definitely be over-the-top, where I’d have to check my blood pressure the next day.

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  • July 21, 2013 at 5:03 am
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    It’s a pretty popular brand, you should be able to find it at Safeway and most major grocery stores. While Whole Paycheck, etc, may have the extended lines, regular stores will have the original variety Garden Burger. No need to go out of your way!

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    • July 23, 2013 at 4:18 am
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      h,

      Just checked my neighborhood Foodland (a Hawaii supermarket chain similar to Safeway) yesterday afternoon, where they had the Gardenburger Portabella Veggie Burger and Original Veggie Burger in stock, selling for a regular price at $7.19 for a 10 oz. package (4 patties).

      Merchandised next to them in the freezer compartment were a wide variety of MorningStar veggie burger products.

      Also interesting were these Maui Taro Burgers that came in 3 varieties: Original, Volcano and Asian Ginger. These are all soyless, meatless, wheatless, gluten-free and 98% fat free. They were selling for $5.29 on sale (reg. $5.39, wow) for a 6.8 oz. package (2 patties). Considerably more in cost per patty than the other brands, however it does have better nutritional and natural ingredient stats, plus the fact its made from the entire root and leaves of Hawaiian Taro. Sounds FANTASTIC to me!

      Maui Taro Burgers

      That said, I think I’ll pick-up the Maui Taro Burgers first and try those, since they’re a locally-made veggie burger product. There’s some great-sounding recipes using those Taro Patties on their website. I wanna’ try the one that’s wrapped in Filo Dough with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce. Will blog it of course!

      This is an interesting review comparing several brands of veggie burger products: The Great Veggie Burger Taste Test (hey, that title sounds familiar!)

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      • July 25, 2013 at 7:32 am
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        Wow! Garden burger is exactly double what it costs here! Let me know how the local Taro ones go. Sounds interesting. The only kind of Taro I’ve had has been a chip.

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  • July 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm
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    Before H commented on the veggie burger looking like a Morningstar patty, I was thinking the same thing. Every once in a while I’ll get a veggie patty sandwich at Subway and I believe that’s what they use as well.

    If you want to try a pretzel bun, Costco sells them. I’ve never tried them but they look good.

    A couple of weeks ago, we went to Wendy’s to try the Pretzel Burger. We placed our order, paid, then waited about five minutes before they told us they were out of pretzel buns! I got a refund and then the manager came over and apologized and gave us a free large Frosty! Of course, they were out of chocolate so we settle for vanilla. But I digress…we also think the manager thought we were a previous customer who brought his fish sandwich back to the counter, because it didn’t have any fish in it! We noticed he got a free Frosty as well.

    BTW, we have a Teddy’s here in Lahaina but we haven’t tried it yet. I know they have a kama`aina discount but maybe it’s only this location because it’s a fairly touristy spot.

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      • July 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm
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        We love the Visitor’s Channel too and watch it once in a while, but just the parts where they show all the different restaurants on Maui.

        I ate at Peggy Sue’s many years ago so I don’t remember how that burger was. Of the other four, we’ve only tried Ulupalakua Store and unfortunately, we weren’t impressed. We decided to stop there after seeing the positive Yelp reviews about how large the burgers were, etc. Well, our burger patty was actually quite small and probably because of this, had overcooked the burger. The inside was still juicy, but the outside was charred. Not a light char, but charred to the point where it took away from the beef flavor. It might have just been an off-day so we’ll try it again one day. They had a teri burger on the menu that I’d like to try.

        I do notice that a lot of places on Maui advertise that they use Maui Cattle Company beef. So many places in fact, that I’m not sure it can be a selling point any longer. :-D

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