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Kailua First Byte: Boots & Kimo’s

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.

Boots & Kimo’s founders, pictured above the entrance of the restaurant in Kailua

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….

Boots & Kimo’s (Kailua) menu front cover ~ 12.2015

Boots & Kimo’s (Kailua) menu breakfast selections ~ 12.2015

Boots & Kimo’s (Kailua) menu breakfast selections, continued ~ 12.2015

Boots & Kimo’s (Kailua) menu home style plate lunches & sandwiches ~ 12.2015

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!

Boot’s & Kimo’s Blueberry ‘n Macadamia Nut Sauce-smothered Pancakes are both SUPAH ONOLICIOUS WINNAHZ!!!!

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!

Boots & Kimo’s SPECIAL of the Christmas Eve Day: Kal Bi Korean style “Pulehu” Short-Ribs, served with two sunnyside-up eggs and rice, rice, rice, baby! Dude, this plate was GOLD!!!!

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”.

Boots & Kimo’s “Pulehu” Kalbi Ribs, served with two sunnyside eggs ovah RICE!!!! Laddat!!!!

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!!!!!!!!

Boots & Kimo’s Hawaiian Style Pulehu Ribs, served plate lunch style with none other than Mac’ Salad ‘n Rice, baby!

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.

Boots & Kimo’s Hawaiian style Pulehu Ribs, served with mac’ salad ‘n rice, rice, rice, baby!!!

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’.

Boots & Kimo’s Macaroni Salad… FTW!!!

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!

Boots & Kimo’s signature pancakes, smothered in their famous Macadamia Nut Sauce…. A-MA-ZING!!!!!!

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!

Boots & Kimo’s famous Macadamia Nut Sauce-smothered Pancakes are a MUST-HAVE…. dude, like totally, TOTALLY “AWESOME SAUCE” in very sense of it!!!!

Boots & Kimo’s server Kana (SUPER AWESOME ‘n ALOHA-SPIRITED GUY!) with Pomai ~ 12.24.15

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

Tel. (808) 263-7929

The Tasty Island rating:
10 SPAM Musubi

Related links:
Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Restaurant – Yelp user reviews

4 thoughts on “Kailua First Byte: Boots & Kimo’s

  • December 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    When I was visiting friends (Windward side) in August, this was one of the choices for breakfast, but the wait was so long, so we tried Moke’s Bread & Breakfast down the street. It was good, and friendly folks too.

    • December 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm


      Another option on the table was Cinnamon’s. However, since I heard so many great things about Kailua’s own Boots & Kimo’s, there really wasn’t any other place to settle for, regardless of the wait. And I’m SO glad I tried it! HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

      • December 27, 2015 at 11:06 pm

        I’ll definitely try it next visit, looks really good! So many choices, never enough time, oy!

  • December 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Kailua is definitely “Breakfast Central” (or maybe “Pancake Central”).  Yes, besides Boots & Kimo’s Macadamia Sauce Pancakes and Cinnamon’s Guava Chiffon or Red Velvet Pancakes, you’ve gotta try the Lilikoi Pancakes at Moke’s Bread & Breakfast!


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