Sand’s Diner: Have a Mexican standoff!
by Louise Dupuy
Sand’s Diner Burger
Sand’s Diner is at the heart of Kokusai Street, a shopping district in Naha. It’s touted as a Mexican grill and bar, but they also have a great selection of American food. Don your sombreros and ponchos, and join me for a feast!
First off, it’s up a small flight of stairs and set back from the street a small ways, so it’s quieter with no traffic constantly rolling by. It’s dimly lit but has a relaxed feel, and the decor is a mix of Mexican and American, it’s pretty neat. Choose from booths, benches and tables, or prop up the well stocked bar if you’re old enough to drink and aren’t driving.
Alright, now the good stuff. Food. Menu is fairly extensive, it’s mostly chilis, burgers and the like, with a good selection of side orders like wings and fries. They also have pancakes, which I’ll be honest was a nice surprise, because I love pancakes. I decided to go with Nachos, a burger and pancakes, I was pretty hungry! The nachos were fully loaded and delicious, and the burger was huge! Also delicious, lots of flavour and the ingredients tasted fresh. The pancakes were the cherry on top of the ice cream, absolutely amazing! Three fluffy pancakes topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, I practically had to roll out of there!
Pancakes with Fruit
Drinks wise, there is a big selection. I mentioned the bar right? Well you can order soft drinks, juices, hot drinks, and of course, alcohol. They have a wide variety of local and international beers to try, so it’s great if you’re a hops fan!
Service is polite and efficient, and there’s plenty of seating for large groups. It’s a great place for families during the day, or for friends groups, couples and work colleagues unwinding in the evening.
Price wise, pretty reasonable! I paid around the 2,000 yen mark for everything, including non alcoholic drinks, which is fair considering the amount I ate! However, you can spend much less, with average lunch prices at around 800 yen, and dinner at 1,000 (excluding drinks), you’re sure to find a dish to fit your budget as well as your taste.
Accepts: Yen and credit card
Price: from 800 yen