Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Elena's Restaurant

Elena's Restaurant has a brick-and-mortar restaurant located on Moloalo St. in Waipahu, Hawaii. Elena and Theo Butuyan opened this namesake restaurant in 1974. Starting with a simple counter and six stools, Elena's has now expanded to include three Oahu lunch wagons (one in Campbell, another in Waipio, and a third in Mapunapuna), and another restaurant in Las Vegas (opened on 8/8/08)! Daughter Mellissa and her husband, Adrian, now run Elena's.

One of their lunch wagons!
And another lunch wagon!
Signature item...Pork Adobo Fried Rice Omelet!
Restaurant menu (December 2011)

I got Elena's signature dish: the Pork Adobo Fried Rice Omelet ($7.50). Patented and trademarked in the State of Hawaii, this massive omelet has chunks of pork adobo and flavorful, golden-brown fried rice inside a bunch of eggs. I didn't ask how many eggs are used, but I wouldn't be surprised if they used close to a dozen. I could probably still tackle one of these myself, but because I'm a great son, I split it with my dad.

Two HALF orders of the Pork Adobo Fried Rice Omelet
(Elena's Restaurant)
Yum! See the fried rice and pork adobo inside?
This was a delicious, hearty omelet. I seriously would love to eat this virtually every day for the rest of my gluttonous life.

The vinegar in the juicy, tender pork adobo was wonderfully neutralized. I'm guessing the pork fat also flavored that fried rice to make it a bit richer in flavor. My dad put ketchup on his omelet, but I didn't need any condiments. No condiment shall get in the way of these amazing flavors!

Elena's Restaurant also has an all-you-can-eat buffet. For $9.99, you can get their pork adobo fried rice omelet, along with other amazing Filipino foods like Pancit (noodles), Lechon (chopped crispy pork), Pinakbet (pork with Filipino vegetables), and Gisantes (pork and peas).


That's a hearty and delicious omelet....
I'll eat the entire tray, thanks
If you're not a pork adobo fan, Elena's even offers several variations of their fried rice omelet, using bacon, spam, Portuguese sausage, ham, lechon, longanisa, and more! Check out Elena's and try their famous fried rice omelet today...but especially give that pork adobo a go! 9/10

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