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Restaurant Road Trip: Big Kahuna's

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  • Andrew Clay

    Andrew Clay

    Andrew is the Monongalia and Preston County reporter, as well as a Sports reporter.

MORGANTOWN -

In the Mountain State it's hard to find a little piece of the tropics, after all West Virginia has no oceans.

In Morgantown there is one place though, a restaurant called Big Kahuna's, that is bringing a little piece of Hawaii right to your plate.

"People used to call my dad Big Kahuna," said Co-Owner James Bryan. "He used to bartend at the VFW in Westover and they called him Big Kahuna there and it just kind of stuck, and we decided to call the place Big Kahuna's."

"The one thing I like to say about them is, the only thing better than the people, is the food," said Billy Smerka, a restaurant regular.

Opened in Dec. 2009, right off Grafton Rd. in Morgantown, Big Kahuna's is an unknown diamond that your taste buds are sure to enjoy.

"I enjoy the food," said regular Tom Nailler. "(I) Usually order a small hamburger, French fries, or the onion rings, and a salad."

"I've been here quite a bit, mostly takeout," said Butch Lynch another regular. "My son comes in from Martinsburg and he loves their wings and pizza. There bread is superb. It's on all their hoagies and buns and it's great, I mean it really is."

"We probably sell more pizza and burgers than anything," Bryan said. "I would say the Big Kahuna burger is pretty popular, the Texas BBQ burger is popular. Our burgers are what sell the most."

It's not just the themed food with the homemade breads and sauces, or the adjoining bar that is making Big Kahuna's so popular, but the family-fun atmosphere that will never go out of style.

"It's a good time," Smerka said. "You can always enjoy a good piece of conversation, whether it's with a regular, or someone that just stops by. It's a good time and good people."