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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hilo, Hawaii: Jose Can You See By Don's Early Light? If So, It Is Breakfast Time Amigo

Don’s Grill
485 Hinano Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone number (808) 935-9099
Prices: $$$$

A nondescript diner on a backstreet somewhere in Hilo, Don's Grill has decent service and fair prices, but is utterly unspectacular. The place has a vintage coffee shop motif with breakfast, lunch and dinner options served all day.
I asked our server for a list of beers, one of which was "Longboard", but when I asked if it was an IPA she looked at me and shrugged her shoulders, never offering to walk 20 feet to check. "I guess I will have the water", I said.

I had the Pork Cutlet Dinner ($13.75), two small, thin, cutlets breaded and fried and covered with brown gravy. It came with a very small salad and a roll fresh from a plastic bag. I had asked the server if they made their own mashed potatoes and she apologetically shook her head from side to side. "I guess I will have the fries", I said. The cutlets were extremely dry, making them difficult to cut even though they were very thin. The flavor was OK and the fries were hot, I will give them that, but the steamed carrot, broccoli and cauliflower medley was bland as all get out.
My wife ordered the Mushroom and Cheddar Omelette ($9.75), coming with hash browns and toast. When they say toast, they mean toast, because this is the only place I have ever seen that gives you just one piece of toast cut in half. The three egg omelette was actually cooked perfectly and there was plenty of mushrooms and cheese inside. The hash browns were plentiful and also perfectly cooked, a crispy golden brown on top and soft and warm on the inside.
Based on our experience, I would stick with the breakfast offerings if I were you. We filled the holes in our stomachs and neither got sick the next day nor paid an arm and a leg, so as George W. Bush famously said, "mission accomplished". 

CombatCritic Gives Don's Grill 5 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

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