I spent Christmas Eve in Kailua yesterday, first returning a defective $300 BEATS Audio “Pill boombox” device over at Mac Made Easy (which for some odd, stupid effing reason, Apple designates only THEM to do so), as well as some “small ‘kine” cruisin’ around Kailua Town.
To be honest, I haven’t driven around Kailua in DECADES, being the Honolulu “townie” I’ve been for quite some time now. And WOW! Contradictive as it may sound, what a change Kailua has become! It’s kinda’ still the same, yet simply much more bustling, both business and population-wise. As in TRAFFIC bustling. Like worse traffic than H1 Middle Street merge traffic. ISYN! OMG!
As you know, I grew up in neighboring Kaneohe, and Kailua was always my “second town”, where me and my “homies” would drive to and hang out at, especially at Lanikai Beach, along with all the nearby parks from there to Kalama’s.
So after droppin’ off the BEATS Audio device at Mac Made Easy, Diner K and myself decided to have lunch at Boots & Kimo’s, a VERY popular native Kailua diner, which in fact, was featured on none other than Guy Fieri’s “Diner’s, Drive-Ins & Dives”. LOVE that show! Guy’s THE MAN!
Interestingly, we spent about 20 minutes waiting just to get a seat. Reason I say “interestingly”, is normally I would NEVER wait even a second for seating at a restaurant. However, being in Kailua, and the whole novelty and “hype” I’ve heard about Boots & Kimo’s, I was like, “OK, I’ll wait, but this better be QUICK, or I am SO OUT OF HERE!”
Sure enough, within 20 minutes we were called in, and seated at probably what was THE BEST table in Boots & Kimo’s very small Kailua town restaurant.
What also was interesting is their hours, having a very short window to serve folks in their aformentioned very small restaurant.
OK, let’s get to business and check out da’ menu fo’ what stay get, laddat….
That’s the entire menu, with daily specials announced strictly by our AWESOME server, Kana, and not printed out.
Of which to note on that, unless your “Google Fu” skills are much more “masterful” than mine, as far as I’m virtually aware of, Boots & Kimo’s doesn’t currently have their own website. Of which I’m more than happy to offer my services to them to accomplish that, should they want one!
Boots & Kimo’s “claim to fame” is their pancakes smothered in their signature “Macadamia Nut Sauce”, so of course we ordered that, as YOU SHOULD, TOO! Dude, that dish alone turned out being OFF THE CHARTS!
Along with that, Diner K went for Boots & Kimo’s Pulehu Ribs (sounds AWESOME!), while Yours Truly went for their Kal Bi Plate, which was one of the dishes Guy Fieri featured on “Triple D”.
And? O. MY. GOD. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every dish was A-EFFING-MAZING! Dude, da’ kine ‘NUTS!” ‘kine AMAZING! Boots & Kimo’s pancakes alone were slabs of “orgasm on a plate”, smothered by even further “orgasm on a plate” with that OUT OF THIS WORLD Macadamia Nut Sauce.
Then throwing a hard left curve, you (or rather I) get two sunnyside-up eggs that taste FARM FRESH LOCAL (while I didn’t ask, I assume they’re Kalei Eggs), shoveled over a hot ‘n steamy mound of white rice (pretty sure Hinode), rounded out by supah “pulehu action ‘kine” Kalbi Ribs.
Braddah ‘cuz, da’ Kal Bi Ribs alone was KILLAHZ! MEAN, cuz, MEAN! ‘Den you get da’ “drippage” from da’ sunnyside-up Kalei Eggs ovah’ da’ rice. BRAH! MEAN! MEAN! MEAN!!!!!! LOL!!!!
Whoah, brah, where all da’ pidgin ‘kine “action” came from? Wheah stay from, brah? Brah, only when da’ grindz stay DIS MEAN, ‘das wheah’ da’ Pidgin comes from, Hawaiian. LOL!!!!!!!!
K-K ‘den (OK, and and then) we get Diner K’s Pulehu Ribs, which were surprisingly to me, BEEF ribs. I honestly thought it would pork. It was basically short ribs, simply seasoned with Hawaiian Salt & Pepper, then thrown on da’ grill, char-cooked to medium-rare perfection.
And? Boots & Kimo’s Pulehu Ribs are WINNAHZ! While I would personally opt for the Kal Bi sauce on it, even in plain form, they totally rock. Tender ‘n juicy medium-rare inside, “papa’a action” (char-grilled burnt edges) outside. Seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of Hawaiian Salt ‘n Pep’.
Much to my surprise, Boots & Kimo’s totally NAILED da’ Mac’ Salad. Before even trying it, I looked at it thinking, “OK, this is “Haole-Ville”, being centrally located in Kailua (and I can say that, being I’m mostly “white” myself), so I bet it’s gonna’ be “weird” at BEST.
Yet, you know what? B&K, again, totally, totally NAILED the Mac’ Salad! Cool. Creamy. Seasoned perfectly. Pasta cooked perfectly al dente as well. A simple sprinkling of Paprika for the finishing touch. Boots & Kimo’s Mac Salad — at least on this visit — was right on the money, and went splendidly with the char-grilled “pulehu” Hawaiian style ribs and Kal Bi entrees. You know da’ rules, cuz!
Best part was, Boots & Kimo’s famous house-made stack of pancakes smothered in their signature Macadamia Nut Sauce acted like a dessert and complimentary dish to the main courses, all-in-one. INCREDIBLE MEAL. That’s all I have to say about it!
And incredible service as well, as our server Kana was totally “ON IT LIKE BLUE BONNET”. lol!!! Seriously though, our service was as impeccable as the dishes we were so honorably served yesterday on Christmas Eve at Boots & Kimo’s. Fast. Friendly. Attentive. You name it, it was ALL GOOD!
That all said, Boots & Kimo’s in the beautiful and bustling Kailua town deserves above and beyond The Tasty Island’s highest rating. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT! RETURN FOR SHO’AH! 10 SPAM Musubi! Boots & Kimo’s FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Restaurant
151 Hekili Street
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
The Tasty Island rating:
10 SPAM Musubi
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