Aloha! I’m back with another review from paradise. Local Hawaiian food isn’t known for being health-conscious, and this well-liked eatery in Hilo is artery-clogging, but well-known for their local food.
Cafe 100 has been around for over 60 years, serving up cheap plate lunches and their specialty, Loco Moco. What’s Loco Moco, you ask? The basic Loco Moco is white rice topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy. There are quite a few variations and Cafe 100 serves up at least a dozen different kinds.
It’s a super casual walk-up cafe with just a couple order windows and some covered outdoor seating. Food is served on paper plates and in plastic to-go boxes. The line wasn’t long when we were there, but I hear it can be sometimes. When we were there, there were several friendly regulars, all ordering the Loco Moco.
Portuguese Sausage Loco Moco ($3.55) – Rice topped with brown gravy, fried egg, & sliced of Portuguese sausage.
Beef Teriyaki with Rice & Tossed Salad or Potato Mac Salad ($7.45) – I love Teri Beef, but this was a little on the dry side. The portions were huge, though. I wouldn’t recommend the “tossed salad” at all…as you can see, it’s shredded similarly to a cole slaw, but with a different dressing. The Potato Mac Salad is a hybrid of potato & macaroni salad.
If you’re in the Hilo area and want to give Cafe 100 a try, I’d stick to the Loco Moco. You could go for the classic with a hamburger patty or choose from several different meats. It’s definitely a Hawaiian comfort food. For plate lunches, go somewhere else. I thought Zippy’s and L & L Hawaiian BBQ had better plate lunches than Cafe 100. And actually, we weren’t really impressed with anything at Cafe 100. Other Hilo eateries that serve Loco Moco include Blane’s Drive Inn and Ken’s House of Pancakes. I’ve heard great things about both of these, but haven’t been. Have you?
969 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
Entree Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 3.3
Mr. Diner: 2.5
Mrs. Diner: 2.5
Amazing Diner: 4.5
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 4
Guest Diner M: 2.5
Guest Diner D: 3