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Who has the best burger in Honolulu? It’s a debate that recently flared up, after The Whole Ox Deli revamped its burger and some foodies named it the island’s best


Posted July 9, 2013 by Ed Morita

Who has the best burger in Honolulu? It’s a debate that recently flared up, after The Whole Ox Deli, with new chef Justin Yu, revamped its burger and some foodies named it the island’s best. For many, the matter simply comes down to comparing the old Whole Ox burger with the new one, however, my search for the best burger in town yielded some surprising results.

My ranking criteria was simple. They had to be all beef burgers, no blends of other meats. That stuff is great for meatloaf, but I was looking for classic burgers. And, of course, they had to taste good. Being a baker, I could go on for days about the qualities of the perfect hamburger bun, but for the sake of this list, it was acceptable as long as the the bun was properly toasted and didn’t turn into complete mush while eating the burger.

Honorable Mention: Salt Bar & Kitchen’s Kulana burger is a close sixth!

Here is my list of the top five burgers in Honolulu.

No. 5: Downbeat Diner (1 of 5)

No. 5: Downbeat Diner

Whether before or after a night of drinking, Downbeat Diner's burger is a must during a night out in Chinatown.

Made with Big Island raised beef, this burger is great teriyaki or Western style with BBQ sauce, but I prefer the classic American with melted cheese.

Downbeat Diner
42 N. Hotel St.
808-533-2328

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About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (nonstophonolulu.com), where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at bakershours.com.

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