Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48

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2003/10/03 13:54:29 (permalink)

Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48

Does anyone know of any Hawaiian Food / Resteraunts in the lower 48 that they can reccomend?
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    Lone Star
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/03 14:30:15 (permalink)
    Here is a link to a site that had several listings for Hawaiian restaurants in the lower 48. It seems like there should be more. I have never had the pleasure of authentic Hawaiian food, when I think of a Hawaiian themed restaurant, Don-the- beachcomber with tiki lights come to mind, but I am sure most places are not like that!

    http://www.geocities.com/~olelo/fl-foodandrestaurants.html#b
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/03 15:04:26 (permalink)
    Roy's, one of Hawaii's great restaurant mini-chains, is now franchised by the Outback folks and has about 20 outposts on the Mainland. I haven't tried any of these franchised Roy's yet but I have heard good things from others who love Roy's from Hawaii and have tried the franchises.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/03 16:30:46 (permalink)
    [url]www.roys-restaurants.com[/url]

    Roy's have a neat website and have several locations in the USA. Sounds a bit pricey but if they are managed and franchised by Outback, my guess is they are very good. They also have a price fix menu. My experience with Outback is they tend to operate above the scale for a chain and tend to be very consistent. They also franchise or manage a Italian group that tends to be next door. They are also very good. I think they are called Carrabba's.

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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/03 16:50:53 (permalink)
    TRADER VIC'S is located in the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. It's been there since the late '40s and still going strong.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/03 23:33:16 (permalink)
    Hawaiian? You can get Spam anywhere...
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/06 15:39:09 (permalink)
    Out here in CA, we have many. My favorites are The Loft at Lahaina, a mini-chain with my fqvorite one on Sepulveda Bl. in Manhattan Beach. Good BBQ beef, excellent fried chicken and lots of specialties such as chicken long rice and katsu curry. They are a nice, sit down place but still reasonable and with good "plate lunches". It's a favorite place to take friends who want hawaiian but with nice atmosphere. My other favorite is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, mainly a take out place. They do have several locations and are part of a chain headquartered in Hawaii. I usually go to the one in the Marukai food Court in Costa Mesa. Good plate lunches, very good BBQ Short Ribs and terriyaki chicken. As is typical, lots of food for little money-----plate lunches come with cabbage salad, macaroni salad and rice. Other goodies such as spam musabi are always available.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/06 18:46:01 (permalink)
    Ed: What about King's on Sepulveda in Torrance, off Hawthorne Blvd...owned by the family who makes King's Hawaiian Bread (still baked in beautiful downtown Gardena)? I haven't been there in a long time myself.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/06 19:23:58 (permalink)
    L&L's is probably one of the better "plate lunch" style chains, and they have a few restaurants on the mainland.

    http://www.hawaiianbarbecue.com/

    Here's a site listing Hawaiian places in California, but it hasn't been updated in a few years, so some of the places have closed.

    http://alohaworld.com/platelunch/
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2003/10/06 20:20:20 (permalink)
    Elise.....never tried King's----didn't know that much about the restaurant portion of it. I will have to try it some time.

    Caje------that's exactly the place I'm referring to. L & L's seems to have a big following. I try to go there often these days. Thanks for the website-----I now found out that they have a place less than 3 miles from me. Yum!
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/10 12:26:33 (permalink)
    There's a big difference between Roy's and L&L's! The restaurants are upscale and the plate lunches are like take out.

    If you make it to Hawaii try ZIppy's chili. Or you can order their products and have them shipped to the mainland...
    http://www.zippys.com/

    A new restaurant appeared on my radar.... Kona Grill! But they are not in California yet....

    http://www.konagrill.com/index.htm

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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/10 12:39:24 (permalink)
    Sandy, How about Da Kine in San Diego?
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/10 13:24:25 (permalink)
    signman, looks like you are making a list! Da Kine is good. My wife is from Hawaii and is a distant relative of the founder of the L&L Drive In. But she doesn't think the place that have landed on the mainlane compare with local places on the islands. I can't tell the difference, I think it's a state of mind.

    Da Kine is located on the second floor of a strip mall in Pacific Beach on Mission Blvd. about a block from the ocean. If you like rice, Chicken Katsu, Teriaki Chicken, or Kalua Pork (similar to Mexican Carnitas), you'll enjoy it. It's a take out place with nothing fancy. Perfect for the beach. I just drove by it last week on Labor Day weekend on our way to try out our first Fatburger which is just up the street. We don't make it to the plate lunch places often as we prefer sushi so we end up at local Japanese places. Here are some links to Da Kines http://www.dakines.com/ and L&L http://www.hawaiianbarbecue.com/

    I like the Loco Moco. She likes the Spam Musube. If they are preapring Lau Lau, try it!
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/10 22:44:48 (permalink)
    Thanks Sandy. After experiencing the plate lunch in Honolulu several years ago, I have stopped at L&L in Las Vegas several times. I'm fine with the chicken katsu, so I'm sure I will be stopping by Da Kine.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/11 00:17:41 (permalink)
    Noho's Hawaiian Cafe in Portland is pretty good, I understand there is also a place in Medford, Oregon.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/11 12:51:18 (permalink)
    How about sources for S&S Saimin, malasadas, manapua, cracked seed, dried lemon peeel, li hing mui, cuttlefish?

    Most of the Asian markets around me in the DC & Baltimore area don't carry them. Dried Ramen doesn't compare and Udon just isn't the same as S&S. I can find cuttlefish and something chinese close to Li Hing Moi in some of the Asian markets and Chinatown in DC and online http://www.alohafriends.com/products6.html but looking for the whole choices close by.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/15 01:29:39 (permalink)
    I always thought Alaskans referred to the lower 48 and Hawaiians referred to the mainland.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2005/09/22 23:46:43 (permalink)
    I probably should have said something earlier but Hawaiian food does not belong in the International section . Hawaii is just as much a state as New York or Texas.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2007/08/27 01:02:44 (permalink)
    the best li hing mui is from hawaii. if you're really craving li hing seeds then try snackshawaii.com. They have all the basic li hing stuff and have the cheapest online prices I can find. They have li hing powder, mango, red seed, white seed, red seedless, arare, & mac nuts. Not a huge variety but all the basics are there.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2008/01/11 12:52:16 (permalink)
    Las Vegas is a very popular place for people from Hawaii to vacation and now a lot of people from Hawaii are moving here for work so there are many plate lunch places (include L & L) here. Roy's is here too. We also have fake tourist luaus at casinos (of course!). And many Asian markets.
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2008/01/11 13:07:17 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Sandy Eggo

    There's a big difference between Roy's and L&L's!

    Sandy, you couldn't be more correct! We haven't been to Roy's but know that it's expensive (though the last time we were in Las Vegas, we made reservations at Roy's but cancelled in favor of another restaurant); we have, however, been to L&L on Oahu (very inexpensive, very good) and absolutely loved it. The Loco Moco, in particular, is a massive meal made with RFers in mind...and the Chicken Katsu still makes me salivate with but a thought. There's an L&L near Amy's house in Chatsworth, CA at 18657 Devonshire St. (in Northridge, technically) that we've driven by a hundred times and said, "We need to go there!" but haven't. We're curious to see if it's as good as the ones in Hawaii, and because of this forum post, we'll add it to our "next time" list for a return trip. Thanks!
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    RE: Hawaiian Food in the Lower 48 2008/01/16 09:29:33 (permalink)
    Johnmessner, Amy & I also visited Lulu's Hawaiian Ice Cream Shack in Simi Valley, CA last month. We chronicled it in Part II of our trip report here, if you missed it: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=24486

    Tasty stuff, though obviously not as fab as in HI. I was impressed, though, that Lulu's prepared adzuki beans (only on weekends in winter, and sadly we went on a Thursday) for the shave ice. Chris
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