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“The Tasty Gems of Honokaa,,,,Malasadas......YUM!!!!!”

Tex Drive In & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Dessert in Honokaa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Reviewed 19 October 2013

When we arrived at our hotel in Wailoloa we were greeted warmly and our doorman asked if he could be of service. We went back to him later in the day to see what information we could get from him....he gave us driving information to the area north of our resort which was his home area......we learned about his favorite sweet...the best on the island....Malasadas.....a light dough type doujghnut filled with jellies and custards.....he said Tex Drive-in made the best....we travelled there a few days later and found the drive-in in what looks like a small industrial park. There is a sign on Route 19 but not so easy either...the drive-in is near all the schools in the town so watch for school markers or better....ask the locals.....we got 6 with different fillings....took them with us and had one a day till gone.....Yum...they kept well in the refrigerator and we gently warmed them in microwave and they were delicious.....the drive-in serves other foods but we took care of our mission for the Malasadas......don't miss a chance to try them...and the price is right too!!!!!!

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We timed our trip from Kona to Hilo so we could stop for a morning treat at Tex's for malasadas -- a filled large donut-like treat. Within our group, we tried fillings of chocolate, bavarian cream and apple. All were tasty. good value at only about $1.50 each - recommend eating them while they are hot. You can even see them making them through a window.

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Had to taste the malasada and local food as instructed by our LA relatives. The bakery viewing window gave us a free demonstration how pastries were prepared

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

On our way between Hilo and Kona, we had to stop for malasadas. We had heard they rivaled Punalu'u Bakery for the best on the island. We tried to order mango since we hadn't seen those at Punalu'u, but they were already out of several flavors by lunch time. I am not surprised, the line was long early in the day. We did manage to get plain and apple, and WOW, they were huge and hot and delicious. We were covered in sugar after just one and were very glad we stopped (and sorry we missed it on our first time round the island). We did not order any other food, but loads of people were there getting curry soups and other entrees to eat outside on the patio area.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

A local in Kona recommended Tex’s when he heard that we were exploring the area near Waipio valley and northeastern part of the Big Island for the day. We don’t usually make “doughnuts” part of our diet but actually stopped twice at Tex’s in one day! It’s a regular walk-in, order at the counter restaurant and very popular with the locals. The menu is large and varied including more traditional Hawaiian dishes, typical burger fare and malasadas. You can watch them make the malasadas, a lightly fried rectangular doughnut with a space inside, throughout the day. When you order one, you pick a filling from a list of 8 to 10 choices and they hand it to you warm and freshly filled. We had the cream and strawberry jelly fillings which were both good as well as an order of onion rings which were okay. On our return trip by Tex’s we shared an apple malasada which was filled with something close to apple sauce and not that great. I’m sure we’ll stop by Tex’s on a return trip to the Big Island.

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