Before every long day a good breakfast is in order. After picking up our rental car from Budget Honululu we set out on our adventure. First thing is first though….. learn how to drive on American roads with this beast. You see, in America not only are you driving on the opposite side of the road, but you’re also in the opposite side of the car! Luckily the boy had it down pat and we we’re happy drivers in no time :)
Our first destination is the much talked about Rainbow Drive-In
It’s a shop-type restaurant on the corner of a busy road. It’s not enclosed by 4 walls but there is outdoor seating; very very very casual. You order at the counter, and food is served within minutes. Everything is made in house, down to the gravy.
Loco Moco Plate $7.25
We couldn’t go pass the loco moco – a plate with 2 scoops of rice, macaroni salad and 2 hamburger patties which are hidden under the 2 over-easy eggs, and gravy. There’s just so much (hawaiian) happiness and love on the plate!
The gravy is like no other as it’s made on the premises. According to Not Quite Nigella, the gravy is what The Rainbow Drive-In are known for. It can taste different each day, but that’s the beauty of it being made in house daily.
Rainbow Royal Sandwich $3.75
The boy stuffs his face with a burger so ridiculously priced that it was too hard to say no. Two beef patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion fills up a soft sweet bun. It was a decent burger, and enough to keep our bellies satisfied.
Mixed Plate $7.95
We actually make a return later in the evening for a quick dinner – or rather, our excuse to make another visit. We share the mixed plate with bbq (beef), mahi and boneless chicken with 2 scoops of rice but this time we opt for slaw. Although not visually appealing, it really was a tasty meal.
Don’t expect anything fancy at Rainbow Drive-In because what you see is what you get. In saying that, everything is cooked with so much love and it’s no wonder why it’s a popular place for the locals and tourists.
3308 Kanaina Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Our journey continues to Ka’a'awa for some quad biking (or known as ATV to some) at Kualoa Ranch.
After an hour and a half drive along bendy roads and mountains/valleys, we make it to the ranch in one piece!
We did a quick 1 hour ATV tour along the a scenic route of the Oahu valleys, remote areas and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
It was an amazing experience – the views, the beauty, everything! I felt so beasty operating a quad bike on my own. It did get the better of me at some times but I prevailed of course! Biggie said I drove like an old lady.. in my defense, I am a lady!!! ;)
Yep, this is where Lost, the TV show, was filmed. Those mountains at the back sure are real!
I’d highly recommend doing an ATV tour if you’ve got the time. It’s not easy to get to but it sure is worth hiring a car and making the drive yourself. Who doesn’t love a road trip?
I laughed when I saw this badge =)
Mokoli’i aka Chinaman’s Hat
We had a beauty of a view as we were heading back to the city so why not stop for a photo op!
We randomly saw this food truck on the side of the main and empty road and decided to check it out.
I didn’t mind the patio chairs and wooden picnic benches. I think it added a nice homey touch!
What a stunner of a dish with Garlic prawns, 2 scoops of rice and coleslaw with pineapples.
The shrimp/prawns were fresh, plump and cooked to perfection. Super juicy and cooked with plenty of garlic and butter. Ohhhhh it was just magical.
I couldn’t help myself but get the house special for the day – a fresh apple & pineapple smoothie. I felt so happy with the cocktail umbrella and cherry on top. This is how all drinks should be served when on holidays =)
Now doesn’t this look like just the perfect holiday meal?
Mike’s Huli Huli
47-525 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
The last pit stop for the day was the King Kamehameha Statue in downtown Honolulu.
The boy and I are big fans of the TV show Hawaii Five-0 and this statue always makes a feature in almost every episode. It was a shame it was night fall by the time we arrived but we still felt like we could have helped the Hawaii Five-0 squad fight crime :P
There’s only one installment left in my USA 2012 trip. I’m so very sad it’s almost at an end but stay tuned to see how my trip ended……