Whole Ox Deli opens to long lines
BY NINA WU / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Whole Ox Butcher & Deli opened in Kakaako to long lines at 7 a.m. this morning. By lunchtime, there was still a line outside the deli’s doors.
Whole Ox Butcher & Deli
327 Keawe St.
Open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 to 11 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch
For months, there was buzz that Robert McGee (formerly of Apartment3 and Plancha Honolulu) was planning to open a new business in the former Blue Ocean Thai Restaurant space on Keawe Street. McGee used fundraising site IndieGOGO to collect donations for a smoker (costing roughly $11,000) and produce his own cold cuts.
Throughout the day, customers lined up to order mouthwatering choices like the Dry-Aged Burger ($11) with a caper aioli and red onions, a traditional Reuben ($13), filled with pastrami, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese and the K+Z ($12), which features pastrami, chicken liver, dijon mustard and onions.
The winner of the day seemed to be the “BBK” ($10), a generous sandwich filled with smoked pork, cucumbers and Carolina vin.
You can also order sides like fried potatoes (whole potatoes with skins fried to a crisp) or sassy greens for an additional $2 with purchase of a sandwich ($4 a la carte). From the deli case, you can also order roasted beets, tomato and mozzarella salad, tart pascualina and head cheese by the pound.