In Derby, KS right off of Baltimore Avenue, you can find this nice quaint little restaurant that specializes in Hawaiian plate lunches. If you’re wondering about the authenticity of the meals, fear not. The owner and her mother and grandmother are all from Hawaii. The cuisines found on the menu are all native to their home state.
The family’s dream of opening up a Hawaiian restaurant has become a reality thanks to Sharon’s Place.
141 E Kay St. Suite #400
Derby, KS 67037
Tuesday-Friday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 8pm
Closed Saturday – Monday
Inside the bright vibrant and cheerfully designed restaurant you’ll find that the seating is limited. There’s only a handful of tables and chairs so on busy nights, it may be best to get your meals to go.
The menu is very simple yet loaded with many options. They even have daily specials with menu items only available on certain days. For example, on Friday they have a Loco Moco burger. When asked about poke, they said they’ve been contemplating it so don’t count it out yet.
While it’s not listed on the menu, I was able to order a trio plate which consisted of their teriyaki beef, chicken and kalua pork. It was a great chance to try out all of their teriyaki items while my brother went with the spam and egg to go.
It did not take long to get our food. During the wait, it was great to chat with the owner and her staff. Sometimes it’s nice to hear about the restaurant and the stories they have to tell. While everyone there was nice, the owner’s mother was a true sweetheart. You could see the glee in her eye just serving people their food.
Of the three teriyaki meats, my favorite was the beef and it wasn’t even close. The beef was tender and the marinade offered a sweet kick that I found to be amazing. My brother really enjoyed his spam. He wanted to note that the egg was cooked perfectly and was a good compliment to the spam. His only criticism was the spam wasn’t fried enough as the surface of the spam was a bit too soft but that could have been by design.
The sides were just wonderful. Sharon’s offers some of the best mac salad you’ll ever have.
Then there’s dessert:
Sharon’s Place has two desserts on their menu, bread pudding and haupia. While you can never go wrong with bread pudding, let’s talk about the haupia. It’s a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert. Although technically considered a pudding, the consistency of haupia closely approximates gelatin dessert and is usually served in blocks like gelatin. It’s definitely unique and something everybody will have to try once. My brother and I enjoyed it. It’s like an Almond Joy gelatin. If you’re into trying new delicious things, this is it.
From the ambiance to the people to the food, Sharon’s Place was a great venture to Derby. It is worth anybody’s time and with hours available for lunch or dinner, you have no reason not to go.
Also if you’re military, public service, a teacher or senior (62+), Sharon’s Place offers a 10% discount. If you’re a blogger, you get 0% discount.
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