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Loco Moco: A Hawaiian Food Tradition

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locomocoIf you truly want a meal that will stick to your ribs, than the Loco Moco may be just the dish for you.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Loco Moco, it is a dish that is unique to Hawaiian Cuisine. Although there are many variations of it, the essential ingredients include white rice, a hamburger patty and a fried egg with brown gravy. History has stated that the Loco Moco was created by the Inouye family, owners of the Lincoln Grill in Hilo, Hawaii in 1949. Apparently, a group of boys from the Lincoln Wreckers Sports Club were the inspiration for this dish.

Looking for cheap eats, one of the boys, George Okimoto, nicknamed “Crazy” because of the wild way he played football, was nominated by the others to ask Nancy Inouye if she’d put some rice in a saimin bowl along with one hamburger patty with brown gravy poured over both items.  She charged a mere 25 cents, which was much more affordable than ordering a regular hamburger steak entree.

Since the word “crazy” was loco in Spanish, this new dish was named “loco moco” in George’s honor. Apparently, the word “moco” came into play simply because it rhymed. The boys didn’t know at the time that moco meant “mucus” in Spanish. This off menu item soon made it into Lincoln Grill’s regular menu and became widely popular all over Hawaii. The egg was actually added later.  So if you’d like to give this hearty meal a try, than look below for some restaurant recommendations.

Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop
15707 S Vermont Ave
Gardena, CA 90247-4328
(310) 324-1244

Hula Hotties Bakery & Cafe
244 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 943-2233

Kauai Family Restaurant
6324 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-3469

Aloha Eats
2534 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-6828

Aloha Kitchen
4466 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 437-4426

  • http://www.menuism.com/users/justin Justin C

    When I went to Hawaii, we went to a greasy diner and Loco Moco was the first thing I had. Man those Hawaiians are great at tasty & unhealthy food combinations.

  • http://www.menuism.com/users/justin Justin C

    When I went to Hawaii, we went to a greasy diner and Loco Moco was the first thing I had. Man those Hawaiians are great at tasty & unhealthy food combinations.

  • Chris C

    I don’t see how you can wrong with hamburger, gravy, AND egg. A winning combo!

  • Chris C

    I don’t see how you can wrong with hamburger, gravy, AND egg. A winning combo!

  • http://www.alohatony.com/ alohatony

    A couple of beers and a plate of Loco Moco makes for a perfect dinner after some surfing. As long as you don’t eat this everyday lol, you’ll be fine!

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