This is a good place for a relatively quick fish burger. It doesn’t look like it’ll be quick when you see the line for the order counter or the packed communal tables, but somehow by the time you finish placing your order — or at least once your number is called and you get your food — seats will open up for you.
The menu is on the blackboard, and consists of seafood dishes and fish burgers, nearly magical for their sheer heft: it’s impossible to purchase a filet that fat for the same price at a grocery store. Ignore the other offerings; they’re mostly dismal.
You can get any fish you like for your burger, but we heartily recommend the opah, or the ono, which is a tender, white fish named for what it is — ono means “delicious.” Opakapaka, or pink snapper, is another top choice, when available. A piece of grilled fish — perfectly cooked — is placed on a bun with homemade slaw (good), shredded cheese (commercial), and a tomato slice. No matter how many times we have this burger, we enjoy it well enough to stop talking for a few minutes so we can concentrate. You can get a single portion of shoestring fries with your burger, but we order the larger basket to share. They’re nicely seasoned with spices and salt.
Address: 100 Hana Hwy., Paia, North Shore
Location: Corner of Baldwin and Hana Highway
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hours: Daily 11am-9:30pm