Tucker & Bevvy: Australian Picnic Food in Waikiki

Tucky & Bevvy is an accidental new favorite of mine. Why accidental? After a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium, we were eager to find a spot that we could walk to for a quick lunch. A quick Yelp search suggested Tiki’s Bar & Grill, which is located in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, and overlooks Kuhio Beach. As we made our way to Tiki’s, I spotted a sign that read Tucker & Bevvy, on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and & Kapahulu Avenue. I pointed to the Tucker & Bevvy sign, and asked “want to try that place out instead?” To which she replied, “sure, let’s go there.”

The impromptu change out of plans turned out to be a great idea. The beautiful signage and branding, cute blackboard menu, stacked vegetables, and deliciously organized sandwiches add to the comfortable vibe of this small cafe in the Park Shore Waikiki. From the get go, everything just looked so good. I wanted to try it all!

Of course, I couldn’t try it all in one visit. I had to make a choice for lunch, and I ended up choosing the Turkey Brie Panini ($8.50) with roasted red peppers, arugula, and honey mustard. As I looked over the various sandwiches behind the glass counter, the Turkey Brie just screamed EAT ME! EAT ME! EAT ME! And eat it I did. Fortunately, it did not disappoint. The panini was perfectly pressed. The brie was flavorful, but not overpowering, and the roasted red peppers were more sweet than they were hot. Sometimes mustard has the tendency to cloak the flavors of the ingredients, not so much with this panini.

I also ordered a Bevvy Quench ($6.50) to compliment my Turkey Brie Panini. The Bevvy Quench is one of five different fresh juices that they serve. It’s a little pricey, but hey, you pay a premium for fresh juice made from real fruit. This drink in particular features watermelon, greed apples, and red apples. It was extremely refreshing. My only regret was that I didn’t order the larger size. Skip the Coke and grab a Bevvy Quench.

“I would have chosen the same sandwich, but I just had to order something different since it was our first time there. I decided on the Smoked Salmon Sandwich, which had cream cheese, capers, tomato, cucumber, and sprouts. I enjoyed the veggies, as they provided a nice crunch and freshness to the sandwich. The bread was soft and had a nice crust.

Too bad we didn’t see the homemade taro chips before we almost finished eating our sandwiches. I think they would have definitely complemented our meal. After all, I love eating a sandwich with chips on the side, whether they’re veggie chips or the greasy, crunchy kind.

The Bevvy Quench, a freshly juiced drink consisting of watermelon, green apple and red apple juices, was tasty and refreshing, albeit quite pricey at over $6 for the small size.”

It’s no mistake that Tucker & Bevvy is succeeding with its picnic food concept (they’ve got a 4.5 star rating on Yelp). Owners Tony and Cecily Sargent have over 17 years of experience in the sandwich making business. Before coming to Hawaii, Tony and Cecily ran two cafes and a sandwich shop in a beachside suburb of Sydney, Australia. I sure am glad that they brought their talents to Hawaii.” And if you’re wondering what Tucker & Bevvy means, well, it’s Australian slang for food and drink.

Tucker & Bevvy was definitely a gem of a find. As you walk through Waikiki, bypass all those McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Subways. The food at Tucker & Bevvy is superior to all three of the aforementioned fast food joints. But it’s not just the food that’s great. The service is top notch as well. As we entered the corner cafe, workers quickly greeted us. As we were making our order, they made conversation by asking us how our day was going. The ambience, like the food, is cool and refreshing. It’s definitely the go-to place for sandwiches whenever in Waikiki. Like I said earlier, I loved everything about Tucker & Bevvy. Now, if only they would open up shop outside of Waikiki. If they did that, then I’d definitely be a much more frequent patron.

Food Rating: 4/5
Ambiance Rating: 5/5
Service Rating: 4.5/5

Tucker & Bevvy
2586 Kalakaua
Honolulu, HI 96815