If you drive into a smaller city, you’ll usually find the same old styles of food. There is usually the popular pizza place, a bar or two, typical fast food like a Taco Bell or McDonald’s, a quick serve Chinese spot, and there’s the Tex-Mex restaurant everybody raves about. Sometimes you want a break from the norm of all that. Fortunately for Derby, KS, there is another option.
Sharon’s Place is the little gem off of K-15 that has been serving Hawaiian food for a couple of years now. It’s been close to two years since we last stopped by for a review. With a larger menu and extended hours making it more convenient, it was at time to go back.
141 E Kay St. Suite #400
Derby, KS 67037
Tuesday-Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 2pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
I was happy to see some minor but important changes needed on the interior. The bright and cheerful light blue color still adorned the walls but seating was expanded. They did what they could with the small space and added some more tables but in a not so cramped way.
While decor is usually not my thing or something I comment on often, the ordering station was simple yet festive given the theme of the restaurant.
The menu had probably tripled or quadrupled in size since my original visit. I remember getting one of their loco moco and combo plates on the first visit and wanted to change it up this time around. I went with their cone sushi and the Hawaiian curry stew plate. There was a chili plate that caught my eye and something I’ll have to get in the future.
First off was the cone sushi aka inarizushi. It was a Japanese style sushi bean curd pocket filled with a sweet and savory sushi rice, carrots and black sesame seeds. I didn’t read the description before ordering it and the sweetness kind of took me by surprise which wasn’t a bad thing. There was some sort of sauce in it that really tickled my taste buds which I loved. It was refreshing and a nice break from the norm of your standard appetizers. After finishing both of them, it hit me how filling they were; a really good start to my meal.
Next up was the Hawaiian curry stew plate which was ground beef with potatoes, carrots and celery simmered in a mild green curry sauce and placed over a bed of rice. It came with my choice of two sides and I went with the vegetables and macaroni salad. To use a popular phrase when you are speechless, this plate was bomb. There was so much flavor going on in the stew. It tasted exactly how I imagined it would. There was a noticeable curry flavor to it with a light Hawaiian zing to start. The ground beef and the rice gave the nice soft warm hearty fuzzies while the potatoes and vegetables gave it the texture to round out the dish. The two sides were delicious but were just co-stars in this wonderful movie of a meal. I would highly recommend this entree to anybody.
And to make sure I rounded out my visit, I had to get some dessert. I’ve had two of the four desserts and went with the pineapple upside down cake. Loved it, my only wish was there was more whipped cream on it.
Service as always was fantastic. The owner could be seen walking around from table to table to chat with them which I always love. It really builds a connection between the restaurant and its patrons. It still surprises me how many people have never heard of Sharon’s Place and hopefully this will continue to get the word out.
Also if you’re military, public service, a teacher or senior (62+), Sharon’s Place offers a discount for you.
Here’s their menu: