Three Fat Pigs Restaurant Review

Brie Burger


Today we are dining at the Three Fat Pigs Restaurant at the King’s Shops at Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii. The restaurant is owned by Chef Ippy Aiona, the Hawaiian local chef who became famous when he became Food Network’s top chef star. Raised in the kitchen of his parent’s Solimene’s Italian Restaurant in Waimea, Hawaii, Chef Ippy learned the fine art of cooking at a young age. Armed with an inspired curiosity as he grew he experimented and has earned the accolades of the finest critics.

I order a cup of black Kona coffee with a little organic sugar. The Kona coffee is particularly smooth today. The weather is cool, partly overcast and cloudy. The temperature is around 70 degrees. The sunset was spectacular with it’s red, orange, and purple hues. Sitting on the patio seating and looking across the resort lake up to Mauna Kea we relax and settle in with great anticipation. Relaxing, we listen to the India inspired indie music over the sound system.

We both had the same thought this evening: grilled sirloin burger. It comes with blue cheese, bacon (a staple for Chef Ippy), and tomato relish. I ordered my burger with triple cream Brie instead of blue cheese. Yum. At first bite the fries are delicious. Leise says her burger is fantastic and normally she doesn’t like cheese on her burger. While I’m enjoying my fries, she is loving her organic green salad. With the first bite of my burger and I say, divine. Local Hawaiian boys often cook their meat until its charred. They want to make sure it’s really dead. (lol). This burger, however, is cooked to perfection: medium rare with an emphasis on rare. We wanted blood this evening. The saltiness of the bacon accents the soft melting Brie cheese beautifully with the flavor of the grass fed local beef comes through nicely. I am reminded why I love eating in Hawaii. You always eat so close to the ground. It’s always so fresh.

With no room for dessert we call it a night and retire to the hula show going on in the Kings’ Shops mall stage. We love Waikoloa Beach!

With the strong breeze this evening and the great food and drink we are truly enjoying this experience and will come back again. For ambience I give Three Fat Pigs 4.5 out of 5 surfboards. For food quality I give 5 out of 5 surfboards. For service I give 5 out of 5 surfboards. Overall I give it a 5 surfboards.


James Christopher

Blue Cheese Sirloin Burger


2 Comments on “Three Fat Pigs Restaurant Review

  1. SO GOOD! I haven’t been there, but it looks amazing. Last year I went to Oahu and Maui for a 2 week long vacation. This makes me want to go back. I love hawaii and I love good burgers. You have appealed to me in many different ways. Also, now I want a Kona Big Wave, haha. Aloha!

    • Aloha Remmey. You are right, Three Fat Pigs is amazing as is The Island of Hawai’i. I encourage you to visit when you have a chance. It has the best snorkeling and is still quite laid back. Keep up your travels.


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