Fat Boy

We played golf at Ala Wai Golf Course on Wednesday, a Honolulu municipal course I’d never played.  It looks totally boring driving up Kapahulu on my way to such great places as Cafe Kaila or its neighboring Vietnamese restaurant.  Although the course isn’t in the best shape, it is far more entertaining and pretty once you get off the main street.  I wanted to buy my friends a drink, but the restaurant and snack bar were closed for inspection for its new restauranteur, Fat Boy.  (This is the Pacific Business News article.  Fat Boy doesn’t have their own website.)  My Hawaiian friends just take me along, not knowing a thing about what’s to happen, which I don’t mind a bit since it’s always fun.  When we finished golf, out came the coolers from their cars and into Fat Boy we went.  Turns out the inspection didn’t take long, and with their liquor license still pending, customers are welcome to bring their own booze.  Kirin was our friend’s choice.  After a hot and miserable, for me, round, the ice cold beer was truly welcome!!

I like the environment at Fat Boy for a golf course restaurant.  It’s a large venue with new paint, tables, chairs and bar.  Tables are easily movable for larger groups.  There’s plenty of light.  And something REALLY cool is LOTS of free parking.

Fat Boy is the eighth restaurant for owner Carroll Ung.  Carroll was there when we visited Fat Boy and told us his love of food came from leveraging his degree in economics to land a job at Bank of America in San Francisco.  When Bank of America was bought by US Bank years ago, Carroll saw the writing on the wall, and decided to return home to his native Hawaii and give his food passion a try.  It appears his passion has turned into some pretty darn good revenue!!!  A wise friend of mine once said that if you do what you love for a living, you’ll never ‘work’ a day in your life.  I wish he’d told me that years ago!!!

Edamame was good, hot and dusted with salt.  Tofu came with ginger and green onions.  We dressed it with shoyu – what the Hawaiians call soy sauce.  I thought the taste was sour, like it might not be fresh – hard to imagine since Fat Boy just opened.  I’d never had fried chicken gizzards before, and I like theirs – both crisp and chewy.  (I’ve decided to try to take my husband’s approach and try everything at least once rather than being a picky eater.  I’ve found my way to like tomatoes on hamburgers, and not minding some forms of offal (animal innards).

The Kalbi, which is Korean sweetly marinated thinly sliced short ribs, was really good.  But, the slices were too large, and short ribs aren’t always the most tender, so it made it difficult to take bites with only chopsticks as utensils.  I loved the Korean Fried Chicken which is a Fat Boy signature dish.  A spicy sweet sauce was added after the chicken was fried.   Finally, we all liked the kimchi – spicy and crisp.  Carroll told my friends of his special source for it, but that’s the one thing I didn’t write down.

Fat Boy’s prices are quite high for what you get although the portions are good.  But, I’ll go back, both to play at the extremely reasonably priced Ala Wai Golf Course, even for haoles (not locals), but also for pupus, a moco loco or spam musubi at Fat Boy.

Fat Boy Wrap-Up

Price: $$

Worth a Try

Good Things

  • Great pupus after golf
  • Huge variety
  • Lots of free parking

Bad Things

  • With 8 locations, Ala Wai mostly serves golfers.

The Breakdown


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