Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Loco Moco with Mushroom Gravy

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Loco Moco with Mushroom Gravy

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Loco Moco is one of Hawaii's distinctive regional dishes. The basic Loco Moco starts with a mound of white rice topped with a firm but tender hamburger patty, fried egg and brown gravy. Today, there are many gourmet variations. The origins of many dishes can be debated, but it is generally thought owners Nancy and Richard Inouye created the Loco Moco at the Lincoln Grill in Hilo in 1949.

A man named Walter Ushiroda claims he was present when Loco Moco was invented. Teenagers played barefoot football at Hilo's Ho'olulu Park when barefoot football was a phenomenon. Walter was one of those players. He played on a team called Lincoln Wreckers.

Walter and several teammates stopped by the grill one afternoon. They wanted something other than a sandwich that would be quick to prepare and inexpensive. …

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