HONOLULU | W & M Bar-B-Q Burger is a no-frills counter-service burger joint that’s been popular with locals since 1940. I came across it while walking down the street, the smell of flame grilled beef sizzling on the grill wafting through the air, and a small line of customers grabbing my attention.
W & M is an old school burger stand in every way. No seating, no specials and, if you’re driving, very little parking. They know what they do, and they do it well, with constant lines 82 years after opening a testament to that. On the menu you’ll find a small selection of beef and steak burgers, one veggie burger, and a hot dog. You can customise with additional ingredients as you please. Sides consist of either fries or crab flavoured macaroni salad (the latter sells out fast). A small selection of sodas and drinks round things off.
Beef patties are marinated in W & M’s house BBQ sauce, before being grilled over open flames. The signature “Royal Hamburger” is a simply a beef patty with a slice of American cheese, tomato, lettuce, and onion inside a soft bun. The dressing is a light dollop of their combo mayo, mustard, ketchup and relish. It’s a simple burger, that hits all of the right notes.
The fries are again a matter of getting the basics right. Crispy, salty, and bang on. My only regret is that I didn’t get there early enough to try the cult favourite crab flavoured macaroni salad.
W & M Bar-B-Q Burger
3104 Waialae Avenue
Telephone: 808 734 3350
Wed – Fri: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00am to 4:30pm