Whole Ox Deli opens to long lines

Mar. 28, 2012 | 2 Comments
The "BBK," stuffed with smoked pork, cucumbers and Carolina vin, was a top-seller at The Whole Ox Deli on opening day. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

The "BBK," stuffed with smoked pork, cucumbers and Carolina vin, was a top-seller at The Whole Ox Deli on opening day. (Star-Advertiser photo by Nadine Kam)

BY NINA WU / nwu@staradvertiser.com

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
699-6328
www.wholeoxdeli.com

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lisa-Shozuya/594379667 Lisa Shozuya

    I had the Dr Aged Burger (which Chef Bob says is from Kauai – woot!), beet salad, sassy greens and barley spinach salad. EVERYTHING was made to perfection – the flavors and the pure aloha that went into all the food really showed. ¬† Love the respect he’s showing the food and the aina. Definitely going back to try the rest of the menu!

  • http://billso.com/ Bill Sodeman

    I’ll have to go on a weekday when people are at their jobs…