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Tex Drive In & Restaurant

45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
+1 808-775-0598
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“malasadas” (586 reviews)
“donuts” (83 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 20:00All hours
American, Fast food, Hawaiian
45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
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Reviewed 3 days ago

the food was very average for our lunch, Korean chicken was good but breakfast burrito was very average at best but the malasadas (Portuguese do-nuts) were super good...go back in a heart beat just to get another

Thank Hibby922
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

At the suggestion of our guide, we stopped here for those Malasadas, a donut thing served hot. Oh. My. God. So good. I wolfed it down and then regretted not eating it more slowly and enjoying it. If you're from Canada, imagine a donut that...More

Thank Jason Z
Reviewed 4 days ago

I've read at least one review describing the food as just so-so. I thought my loco moco was delicious! Of course, the star of the show here is the malasada.. but one of my stops, I brought an appetite.. and I wasn't disappointed.

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not sure what the big deal is, it's just a big jelly donut. Was it good, yes. But still just a donut. We also had their version of the loco moco - not good. You can get a better version at Cafe 100, or...More

Thank dmlin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove 45 mins each way to get malasadas here. Our resort waiter told us it's the best place to get them so we decided to go for dinner and get malasadas for dessert. We arrived at 700pm and was told they have run out...More

Thank jhkm2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried Malasadas at Leonard's on Oahu and at Tex Drive in on Big Island. The malasadas at Tex were the best, for sure! Delicious!! Don't miss the Bavarian Creme malasada if you are driving near this on the northern part of the Big Island!

Thank thankful4family
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving from our resort to Hilo and we stopped for some tasty treats. We enjoy trying local treat when we travel. They were a lot bigger than we expected. I got the mango.

Thank Jolene224
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far the worst lunch we had in Hawaii. I had the hamburger and my wife had a fish sandwich. The taste was very bland and no flavor. The fries were ok. I just felt like we wasted an opportunity to eat at a better...More

Thank javier g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We äte here for lunch and it was great. Its a small place with walk up service. We ordered the hamburger and fish sandwich and though every thing was good and I would definitely recommend this place. We also got the malasadas's which is a...More

Thank MattB2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the malasadas on the way back from Hilo. Everyone said these where the best on the island. They where good but not amazing. We also ate burgers there but they where just ok. I would go there again for just the malasadas...More

Thank Eduardo V
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Peter W
7 June 2016|
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Response from brian g | Reviewed this property |
No wifi when we were there in April, although cell reception was reasonable.
4 March 2015|
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Response from Theresa H | Reviewed this property |
There is mix for sale but haven't seen the recipe published.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honokaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-775-0598
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