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Yes, I love a good plate lunch with a shave ice chaser
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It's fine when I'm there but not something I would go out of my way for
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YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

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YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

Well, it looks like I won't be taking a Hawaiian vacation this year, but I did find a Hawaiian BBQ place about 20 minutes away (the one a couple blocks from me closed), and I was able to get my loco moco on. I know it's not exactly health food, but does anyone else enjoy Hawaiian cuisine? Not talking fancy luau stuff but just ordinary plate lunches and such.

I thought about hijacking the Wanted: Tips for my Hawaii Vacation thread but decided to just quote the relevant responses here.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

I mostly ate fruit in Hawaii. It was so freaking good I didn't want anything else. Especially those little tiny banana things.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

Quotes from Wanted: Tips for my Hawaii Vacation :

Originally Posted by strife View Post
pineapple is awesome since it's literally off the trees. a type gold something lower acid type.
Originally Posted by rabbit77 View Post
And bring me back a plate lunch from Zippy's.
Originally Posted by Aphex Twin View Post
-Eat at: Leonards, Kua Aina Sandwich, Duke's bar, Giovanni's shrimp truck, and Romy's shrimp truck
Originally Posted by aktick View Post
Food suggestions? I prefer roadside type places and non-fancy restaurants.
Originally Posted by whoopdido View Post
The best shave ice I've had in Hawaii is there too. I forget the name but it's just a dumpy little souvenir shop but I doubt they've actually ever sold a souvenir. The line for shave ice is out the door every time I've gone. There are some "hippy" spots up around there. I've never eaten lunch up there, but I assume there are some pretty good hole in the wall places up there.
Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
If your into sushi it's good and cheap. Be there when it opens because there
tends to be a long wait.

Kuru Kuru Sushi
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI 96701


http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/lkP4Z...eJhlVB-Z36i4Vg
Originally Posted by filmerp View Post
Matsumoto Shave Ice! Many imitators, but no substitutes.
Also Rainbow's plate lunch in Waikiki on Kalakaua just north of the zoo is great for real local plate lunch.
Originally Posted by whoopdido View Post
That's it! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I'm sure it's mostly psychological but I've had shave ice in other parts of the country and it just isn't the same. Matsumoto is definitely the best I've had. Just something about Hawaii I guess. It's just ice and syrup but something is just better about it.

By the way I've yet to experience a good plate lunch. I've tried all different kinds from Zippy's (basically Hawaii's version of McDonald's) to uber authentic places and they just don't do it for me. The quality of the ingredients always seems low to me.
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Crap! I just read Patti's in Ala Moana closed and that's about the only thing I had to look forward to in visiting Oahu later this year.

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/ar...712220312.html
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According to the article there's still another location. I don't know where Pearlridge is but chances are it's somewhere in Pearl City.
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I just saw that article was from 2007 and another said they closed in Pearlridge last March.

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/ar...ii3080330.html
Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
If your going to Oahu, you must have the Malasadas at Leonard's Bakery.

http://www.leonardshawaii.com/malasadas.html

I went to Oahu in 2007 and saw this place on a travel show I watched and made the effort to find it. They are amazing.
Originally Posted by whoopdido View Post
Oops. Yeah yelp also says that one closed.
Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
Those are awesome. Can't wait until my next visit in a few months.
Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
What I noticed is that their not so good the next day. You have to eat them right away.
Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
Absolutely. They are soooo good but you need to eat them while hot or within a couple hours. I usually eat one or two in the store or in the car right after buying them and then have another when I get back to the hotel or wherever we're heading. You're better off giving any extras away (whoever you give them to will definitely thank you) as opposed to being disappointed the next day.
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Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
Pretty funny you posted that. My friend and wife went to Maui before I did and raved about Puka Dog. So when we went we searched it out (in the Poipu Shopping center) and tried it. Horrible. Maybe I'm spoiled because I live in NYC and can get a Gray's Papaya or Criff Dog, but this was just terrible. I didn't have the heart to tell my friend for quite a while. lol In fairness, we may have just stopped by on an off day.

Anyway, for side of the road food not much beats Giovanni's Shrimp Truck if you are passing by the North Shore of Oahu.
Originally Posted by Mole177 View Post
mcdonalds og FRIED apple pie... and their local breakfast, which is spam or portuguese sausage and eggs with rice

islanders like the fried.

gyu kaku after 9pm (happy hour)

macky's and giovanni's shrimp trucks (i like mackys better)

matsumoto's shaved ice, but i like waiola's more.

sugoi's for awesome garlic chicken. great portions, they have a lot of other stuff too.
Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
Some nice suggestions...I'll check a few of those out.

I think they leave the D off...Shave Ice.
Originally Posted by aktick View Post
So far I've eaten at Giovanni's (decent), Matsumoto's (awesome...gotta go with condensed milk and ice cream), Hanks (blah), Leonard's (awesome...and yes, warm/fresh is better), and we went to a farmer's market in Kailua, I believe, where they had some awesome fried eggplant and ahi. Overall, the food is crazy good. Love the Pog juice.
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mitsu-ken over on school st. (musubi) and garlic chicken bento plates!

their hours are 4am-2pm.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

I haven't had Spam (the food, not the email) in over 30 years.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

I find Hawaiian food outside of Hawaii to be mediocre at best. And here in California, it's not as popular to those that aren't from the islands.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

hawaiian food is good to eat when you're chilling in humid weather. it doesn't mesh well when you're sitting in long pants, sweater and beanie to eat shaved ice...

just doesn't feel right
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

Originally Posted by strife
pineapple is awesome since it's literally off the trees. a type gold something lower acid type.


Man this had me rolling, would hate to be under that tree if that is how pineapples actually did grow and not on the ground

But definitely agree with the awesome part, I never had before and never will after had a better taste of pineapple than when the wife and I had had our honeymoon over there.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

My city (Torrance, CA) has two amazing Hawaiian restaurants: The Loft and King's Hawaiian. We go to both frequently. Just about everything on the menu is good. Love the Spam Sushi Rolls.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

Originally Posted by suziq999 View Post
I mostly ate fruit in Hawaii. It was so freaking good I didn't want anything else.
When I was in the Navy, being on the west coast, I've been to Hawaii many times but never ate the local cuisine. Maybe it was the guys I hung out with at the time.

BUT... I could eat my weight in the local pineapple. Holy crap that stuff is so good.
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Originally Posted by Schloob1 View Post
Originally Posted by strife
pineapple is awesome since it's literally off the trees. a type gold something lower acid type.


Man this had me rolling, would hate to be under that tree if that is how pineapples actually did grow and not on the ground

But definitely agree with the awesome part, I never had before and never will after had a better taste of pineapple than when the wife and I had had our honeymoon over there.
Sorry, I didn't include the whole pineapple subthread :

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pineapple is awesome since it's literally off the trees. a type gold something lower acid type.

As far as I know flying only way to get between islands. Flights are like 15 minutes at most.
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Uh...

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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

Fuck yes. Chicken Katsu. Potato Mac. Loco Moco. LOVE it.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

I didn't realize that hawaii had their own cuisine, outside of hawaiian pizza.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

I used to go to L&L Hawaiian BBQ every once in awhile. Not really authentic I guess, but I liked it.
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I used to go to L&L Hawaiian BBQ every once in awhile. Not really authentic I guess, but I liked it.
That's the place I just tried. I was surprised that the loco moco took like 10 minutes to serve (I was in a hurry) so they must have grilled the patty to order. I liked it--the gravy had more kick to it than it often does.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

L&L is a fast food chain from Hawaii. Now, if they moved Zippy's up here... well, all hell would break loose.
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Originally Posted by joeblow69 View Post
I didn't realize that hawaii had their own cuisine, outside of hawaiian pizza.
Um... yes? They didn't even have hawaiian pizza until Columbus landed there.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

A lot of Hawaiians live in Las Vegas, and some of our better Hawaiian restaurants include Aloha Kitchen (multiple locations) and Aloha Specialties inside the California Hotel.

There are also a few deli type places where you can buy various types of poke.

...and we continue to hope that Zippy's will come here as well.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

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That's the place I just tried. I was surprised that the loco moco took like 10 minutes to serve (I was in a hurry) so they must have grilled the patty to order. I liked it--the gravy had more kick to it than it often does.
No matter what I've ordered there has taken 10 to 15 mins.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

As many times as I've been to Hawaii, I've never been to Zippy's. What do they have besides chili?

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No matter what I've ordered there has taken 10 to 15 mins.
Guess they're always on island time
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Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
As many times as I've been to Hawaii, I've never been to Zippy's. What do they have besides chili?
Similar to some things they have at L&L and other local foods including saimin, won ton mein, oxtail soup, filipino dishes and some korean dishes (tho I would prefer Yummy's Korean food). I would always buy one of the many zip pacs to eat instead of airplane food.
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Similar to some things they have at L&L and other local foods including saimin, won ton mein, oxtail soup, filipino dishes and some korean dishes (tho I would prefer Yummy's Korean food). I would always buy one of the many zip pacs to eat instead of airplane food.
I like the sound of the Chili Moco
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I didn't realize that hawaii had their own cuisine, outside of hawaiian pizza.
lol I had to laugh. You didn't think that the people of the most isolated land mass in the world had their own food?
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I'm still wondering who came up with Hawaiian pizza because there's nothing Hawaiian about it. And now that I've looked it up, a Canadian came up with it? That explains the back bacon.
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Re: YAFT: Do you like Hawaiian food?

There's pineapple on it, so I guess that's the Hawaiian part.

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