Something new: Kountry Style Kitchen

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Kountry Style Kitchen

Kountry Style Kitchen in Ewa Beach is the sister restaurant to the Kauai icon Kountry Kitchen in Kapaa, which opened its doors in 1975.

There’s a new brunch spot… not in town, but in Ewa Beach. What’s unique about this restaurant is that it’s held a special place in the hearts of Kauai residents and Garden Isle visitors for four decades now. You’re hearing me correctly, the famous Kountry Kitchen from Kapaa, Kauai has now made its way to Oahu.

A family-owned and operated eatery, Kountry Kitchen on Kauai is famous for its homemade cornbread, island-style brunch and American classics, along with its iconic checkered tablecloths and line of hungry patrons waiting outside. As a kid I remember eating there on special occasions, when guests were visiting from out of town or when we wanted to eat out for breakfast, burgers or pork chops. I was excited to hear that the owners chose to expand to Oahu.

Rolando Espinosa was once a mechanic and is now the chef/owner of the new Oahu restaurant, which quietly opened its doors just a few weeks ago.

Rolando Espinosa was once a mechanic and is now the chef/owner of the new Oahu restaurant, which quietly opened its doors just a few weeks ago.

Rolando and Susana Espinosa (brother and sister) are the proud owners of the new digs, located on Kaimalie Street off of Fort Weaver Road. The pair had been researching for the right spot on Oahu for a while now. Susana commutes from Kauai, while Rolando moved to Oahu soon after Hurricane Iniki struck in 1992. “We found the space at Ewa Pointe Shopping Center. Ewa was the place; it reminds us of Kauai, and we wanted to cater to the kamaaina,” she said.

The pair pride themselves on offering homemade treats, including the famous cornbread, serving fruits and vegetables from local farmers and making comfort food for those on the Ewa Plain (and beyond) who love brunch, don’t want to drive into town.

I had a chance to sample some of the local favorites. Here’s a look:

Here it is the famous cornbread, and it's as good as I remember. Buttery, moist, not too sweet and has just right amount of corn crunch.

Here it is the famous cornbread, and it’s as good as I remember. Buttery, moist, not too sweet and has just right amount of corn crunch.

 

They are also famous for their 12" pancakes. They offer banana, macadamia nut, chocolate chip, coconut or strawberry. This was the day's special chocolate chip with bacon. The pancake is huge, yet mildly crisp on the edges and has a light dough center. I love to pair the pancakes with their coconut syrup.

They are also famous for their 12-inch pancakes. They offer banana, macadamia nut, chocolate chip, coconut or strawberry. This was the day’s special chocolate chip with bacon. The pancake is huge, yet mildly crisp on the edges and has a light dough center. I love to pair the pancakes with their coconut syrup. $5.75-6.75

 

One of the most popular items is the loco moco, you can also substitute the hamburger patty for kalua pig or corned beef hash. The hamburger was too tough for my liking, although it was well seasoned and the gravy was perfect and amazing.

One of the most popular items is the loco moco. You can also substitute the hamburger patty for kalua pig or corned beef hash. The hamburger was too tough for my liking, although it was well seasoned and the gravy was perfect and amazing. $10-12.50

The omelettes are very large and stuffed with yummy goodness. They have everything from the Denver to a Mediterranean omelette. My favorite was the Polynesian, which was bursting with flavor and full of Portuguese sausage, kim chee and onions. You can also build your own omelette. They come with a choice of hash browns, rice or fresh fruit and cornbread or toast (get the cornbread). LOL

The omelettes are very large and stuffed with yummy goodness. They have everything from the Denver to a Mediterranean omelette. My favorite was the Polynesian, which was bursting with flavor and full of Portuguese sausage, kim chee and onions. You can also build your own omelette.

Each omelette comes with your choice of hash browns, rice or fresh fruit and cornbread or toast (get the cornbread). You won't leave hungry that's for sure. They range in price from $7-$11.25.

Each omelette comes with your choice of hash browns, rice or fresh fruit and cornbread or toast (get the cornbread). You won’t leave hungry that’s for sure. They range in price from $7-$11.25.

The decor is diner meets country inn. The customers so far are all residents who live nearby and the service is very attentive, yet boasts that local charm.

The decor is diner meets country inn. The customers so far are all residents who live nearby and the service is very attentive, yet boasts that local charm.

Overall, this place reminds me of home. As I drove from town to the Ewa Plain I realized how much development has taken place over the past couple of years. For those who live in East Honolulu, this would be worth the drive if you plan to shop at Waikele, surf White Plains Beach or meet up with friends and family members on the westside. I’m sure it’s a welcome addition for those who are looking for a new place to get some honest local grinds (they also serve burgers, plate lunches, soups and salads too).

 

Kountry Style Kitchen
91-1001 Kaimalie St.
808-689-9000
Open everyday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10% off to military, seniors and first-responders.