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rainbow drive-in... has it changed?

alex8alot Feb 8, 2007 08:49 AM

We tried this recommended place and truly, it was the most disgusting meal I have ever had. And I happen to love this kind of food.

We shared a mixed plate comprising beef, mahi mahi, fried chicken and macaroni salad. My husband, whose iron guts will dutifully digest anything that can shovelled past his lips, could not take a second bite of the barbq beef which was definitely off. The breading on the mahi mahi was soggy, coagulated into a soggy, starchy and lumpy coating. Everything was cold, not tepid, but cold. The rice was smashed into clumps as well.

Fortunately the malasadas at Leonard's more than compensated.

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    runsyi Jan 29, 2008 05:35 PM

    The BBQ beef is definitely not the same. I used to get the BBQ beef sandwiches all the time when I first started working in the area (about 10 years ago). I had one last year and it was chewy and tough. Before they used to practically melt in your mouth.

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      UES Mayor Jan 15, 2008 04:40 AM

      Just got back from Honolulu and had to verify if still good-WAS THE BEST AS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        curiousgeo Jan 15, 2008 08:53 AM

        My New Years resolution was to lose 5 pounds. Here I am reading this thread and contemplating a pork cutlet or boneless chicken plate with gravy from Rainbow for lunch. Turkey with veggies on whole wheat or a Rainbow plate? Tough decision.

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          Clinton Jan 15, 2008 12:25 PM

          I had the pork cutlet the last ime I was there in November. Too much to eat. Glad you had a good time.

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            lyn Jan 15, 2008 01:58 PM

            you should get the rainbow plate....just portion it out (it could be 2 meals). I did not make it to the pork cutlet....the Chicken shouya (sp?..it was a braised chicken dish) special was so large it ended up being a few meals. It was good, very homestyle. I have to say mixed plate, with chili on the rice is the way to go though.

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          Clinton Jan 6, 2008 08:59 AM

          Was just there at Thanksgiving and decided to go to Rainbows for old time sake being that I'm from Kaimuki but now reside on the mainland. I ordered the pork cutlet with rice, gravy and mac salad. To be honest, it wasn't what I had expected. The taste was not the same but they did give you a lot. I've had better in the past but maybe it was an off day. I miss the old Kyle's and Chunky's Drive Ins but that's all in the past.

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            MikeyT Dec 12, 2007 12:11 PM

            Well I can tell you that your experience was off.... WAY off. I just returned from a weekend in Honolulu and I ate there at least once a day everyday I was there. The Mahi was perfect, crisp and tasty, even my friend who I went with who hates fish ate the mahi plate three times.

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              lyn Jan 5, 2008 08:48 PM

              ok I went again...I am sorry, but this is good stuff. We had a terri beef sandwich and a mixed plate (Mahi Mahi. Chicken, beef) and chili rice. The terri beef is esp good. I thought is was short rib last tie I went, but is is just sliced beef

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              lyn Mar 4, 2007 11:38 AM

              Sunday PM.I look out window and see steel mill bellowing smoke, against a gray sky with blowing snow. Plate lunch sounds really good. I'd get that Mahi, short rib, chicken combo platter....

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                da_seuss Feb 15, 2007 10:13 AM

                yeah, i think you guys went on an off day. rainbows is not the best plate lunch place, but its definitely not the worst. you can always go for the usual boneless chicken w/gravy over there. other plate lunch places to consider:

                masa's, in mapunapuna
                asahi grill, on ward
                kakaako kitchen
                hk's, in moiliili
                jurisons, in waikele

                there are so many that i can't really remember them all.

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                  tstrum Feb 11, 2007 06:41 PM

                  For $6 we had the Mahi Mahi plate with loads of Mahi Mahi, rice and Mac Salad. It was a better meal, and more satisfying than the $150 dinner we had the night before at the W hotel. What does that say?

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                    lyn Feb 10, 2007 06:09 PM

                    oh geez. I just went, and it sounds like I had a different meal. Loved it. All hot and tasty.

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                      alex8alot Feb 11, 2007 07:43 AM

                      We must have had just been there on an off morning, which is really unfortunate because now I can't even beg or threaten my husband into trying Aloha Mixed PLate here in Maui because he is so turned off of those last two words! :)

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