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First you choose your meatball, then your topping, then your starch (or greens). At Meatball, it's all about the ... what else? Six different kinds (beef, chicken, veg, etc.) can be topped with marinara, kimchee, mushroom gravy, etc., and put on top of french fries, spaghetti ... you get the picture. Plus there's poutine, chicken wings and salad if you like.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Meatball, which opened last Saturday on Kapahulu across Safeway, is that it started out as a dim sum concept. "But we couldn't afford to pay people to wrap dim sum all day," says chef-owner Bob McGee, formerly of Whole Ox Deli and Salt. "My partner said well if you don't wrap dim sum, all you have is a meatball. Around midnight we called each other up and we both said, 'Meatballs!'"

The new shop has indoor and sidewalk counter seating. Best of all, there's parking — around the corner on Mokihana Street, same lot as Waiola Shave Ice. — Mari Taketa

Meatball
845 Kapahulu Ave.
808-739-9229
On Facebook at meatballhawaii

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