Covert Ultimate Cheeseburger

Serves: 4 People
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Meat Mixture:
1.5 lb of Lean Ground Beef Sirloin
½ Small White Sweet Onion, Small Diced
½ Cup of Cilantro, Chopped
4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoon of Oyster Sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Teaspoon of Aloha Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)
2 Teaspoon of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
Cheddar Cheese, 4 Slices (or favorite cheese)
1 package of Hamburger Buns, Whole Wheat

Condiments: (Recommended but Optional)
1 Avocado, Sliced
1 Tomato, Washed and sliced
1 Small Red Onion, Sliced
4 lettuce Leafs

Preheat Grill. Combined all the meat ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands until ingredients are evening blended together. Divide the meat into four equal parts and form patties with your hands. Place each patty onto the grill and cook to desired temperature (it’s recommended to cook meat all the way through). Meanwhile wash and slice your favorite condiments such as avocado, tomato and red onion and set them aside. Place the slice cheese on top of each patty about 2 minutes before they are cooked while also placing the buns on top of the grill to heat up the bread. Compile burger and enjoy with potato chips and salad.

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Home Bar & Grill

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service was good at Home Bar & Grill on Kalakaua ave. Both our servers where really nice, cute and really stayed on top of our groups service. Often times with a large group the service can be slow or some people’s dishes / drinks are not right but this was not the case with Home Bar & Grill which was just great.

Food: The food at Home Bar & Grill is typical bar local style cuisine. Items you can expect to find on the menu include grilled meats, fries, poke, kim chee, salads, loco moco, burgers, seafood and even chicken gizzards. The menu also includes a Home Bar & Grill Burger Challenge featuring three 8oz kulana burger patties with cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, mushrooms, fried egg and a pound of fries. If you can finish it in 15 minutes you get it for FREE. Its a fun local spot with good bar food variety and flavor-full food. 

Favorite Dishes: Pork Chop, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Garlic Soy Beans (edamame), and the tater tot nachos.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is the old Slammers and they didn’t really do much to change the inside of the restaurant. It’s kind of run down looking with miss matched chairs and tables. The ambiance is dark and is the type of place you would meet some friends late night for grindz or maybe even a secret lover! haha

Consistency: This was the first time we went but will update this section next time. We do have some friends who say its consistently good for drinks and pupu’s after work though!

Parking: They have a valet parking private lot out front with a few limited spaces….or you can try to find street parking but be careful late at night because the area is a bit ghetto after dark.

Price Range: L0w ($9-$26) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

1683 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 942-2237

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun: Dinner & Pupu’s 2 p..m – 2 a.m.

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Teddy’s Bigger Burger

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork Cork

Service: The staff was super friendly at Teddy’s. They are fast on their feet and full of smiles. They where quick to whip down the tables between eaters despite how busy and managed to get the food out in a timely manner. We give Teddies Bigger Burger on Beretania Street two thumbs up.

Food: The food is pretty tasty at Teddy’s Bigger Burger in Honolulu. The food is what you would find in a common dinner with ice cream, onion rings, burgers and fries. What makes Teddy’s so good is that the burgers are made fresh to order and from 100% ground chuck. The chicken on the combo was also very juicy, moist and well seasoned. The buns were fresh and soft and all the ingredients from salads to fries where high quality. They also have a happy hour Monday – Thursday 2pm-5pm for $1 OFF any combo order.
Teddy’s Bigger Burger Menu For Download

Favorite Dishes: Baco Salad (7oz hamburger, avocado, cheese, tomato, bacon), Chicken Combo Sandwhich, Fries

Atmosphere: We really like the atmosphere at Teddy’s Bigger Burger. They are fun and designed like an old dinner. The color scheme is red, yellow and black and from the tables to the art on the walls the casual and hang loose 50’s theme keeps this restaurant young, trendy and fun.

Consistency: We only have been once so far but the restaurant was absolutely packed! we promise to update this section again next time we visit Teddy’s for a quick burger fix.

Parking: The Teddy’s location on Beretania has a good sized parking lot with over 10 spots making this an easy restaurant to go for lunch or a quick bite while shopping in town.

Price Range: Low ($4.99-$11.99) per Entree
No Corkage Fee! (But you have to bring your own bottle opener)
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals

134 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 926-3444

2424 S. Beretania Ave #101
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 949-0050

Kailua Village Shops
539 Kailua Rd., #101
Kailua, HI 96734
Tel: (808) 262-0820

Hawaii Kai
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., E124
Honolulu, HI 96825
Tel: (808) 394-9100

Hours of Operation:
University, Hawaii Kai, Kailua Locations:
Mon-Thu: 10am – 9pm
Fri-Sun: 10am – 10pm

Waikiki Store:
Hours of Operation
Mon – Sun: 10am – 9pm

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Zap’s Cafe & Lounge

Overall Review: Cork

Service: The service was pretty good at Zap’s Cafe & Lounge in Honolulu. When we arrived our waitress informed us of a Happy Hour martini rate of only $3 which we where excited about. Upon asking the type of well liquor we where surprised that not one of all our group had heard of the vodka type. The upgrade for any name brand (Smirnoff, Sky, Absolute, Kettle, Grey Goose, etc) was no less than over double priced at $7 per a drink! Our friend had to then negotiate them down to $5 to be competitive with the bars in the area and seeing as we expected a large group to join us for Pupus after work we wanted to get a good deal. The waitress and manger were very accommodating and even called the owner to get approval for our request which was awesome. So we give the service at Zap’s a thumbs up but would hope the owners research the happy hour rates in town before setting themselves up for failure.

Food: The food was … the words of a friend….”Meh” –  Everyone in our group was left feeling like the food wasn’t that bad… but it really wasn’t that great either. The best thing by a long shot was the sweet potato fries, so if you go make sure you order at least 2 for the table to munch on. Other items on the menu included breakfast all day, pasta, burgers, salads, pupus, steaks, mac and cheese and other American classics & local favorites. Everything overall needed more seasoning and a little more pizazz.
Download Zaps Cafe & Lounge Menu

Favorite Dishes: Sweet Potato Fries, Edamame (a bit sweet), Pork Chop (Ok but dry and needed some dipping sauce to spice it up a bit). TIP: Don’t order the Eggplant Katsu it was really overcooked and like cardboard

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Zap’s is pretty basic. Nothing really is exciting about the interior of the restaurant or interesting for that matter. They do have a pool table and darts which are fun bar time activities but we didn’t play them while we there. The interior has both lounge seating, a bar and restaurant style seating which is nice for all types of social engagements.

Consistency: We have only been once to Zap’s and don’t think we will return anytime soon. It was OK but nothing very exciting or delicious. Unfortunately we don’t think Zap’s has a long future ahead of it.

Parking: Zap’s does have a small parking lot in front with room for maybe 10 cars.

Price Range: ($4.50-$14.95) per Entree (some market price items)
Corkage Fee $ per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

1018 McCully St
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 942-0012

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: Open for Private Events After 4 p.m. Only

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The Counter

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service The Counter is very good while seated at the counter, however seating in the main restaurant can prove challenging. They only have one or two waitresses and they struggle to keep up with the drinks and orders which gets old real fast.

Food: The food is pretty good at The Counter. When you go, you go for only two things, Hamburgers and French Fries.  Each eater is given a check list to “create” there burger in a bowl or on a bun upon arrival and they have endless toppings to choose from including a special topping of the month to tantalize its customers. We recommend ordering some fries for the table to share they are not only  delicious  but come out fast (TIP: If you seat at a table these table treats could keep you from eating the silverware or getting the grumpy)

Favorite Dishes: Turkey Burger – In a Bowl – Mixed Greens – Red Onion – Jalapenos – Blue Cheese – Cranberries – Avocado, Hamburger – On a Bun – Mixed Greens, Tomato, Grilled Onion, Jalapeno Jack Cheese, Roasted Garlic Aioli (on the side), The “Fifty-Fifty” Sweet Potato Fries & Regular Fries

Atmosphere: The Counter has a great atmosphere and the concept of the restaurant is to build your ultimate personal burger in a trendy diner. The layout is clean, bright and feels a bit industrial. The music is fresh and they often play sports at the bar making it a great place for a quick bite or after-work drink.

Consistency: When The Counter first opened we felt the food was better cooked and the service was faster. As time as moved on its gotten a little more generic and not as good as it used to be, however, if you are in the mood for a burger I can’t think of anywhere else better to go.

Parking:The Counter is located at the Kahala Shopping Center right next to Whole Foods. It’s easiest to park on the second floor of the parking garage then walk down the stairs to the restaurant.

Price Range: Low ($8.95-$12) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per bottle

Reservations Not Available

4211 Waialae Avenue E-1
Honolulu HI 96816
Telephone: 808-739-5100
Fax: 808-739-5102

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm

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