I'm looking for some genuine hawaiian food. Not various proteins coated with macadamias or Polynesian fusions (not that there's anything wrong with that). A simple plate lunch would be nice, if not ideal. poi would be wonderful. Kalua or poke would make me your best friend.
Look what I found on L&L's website:
Lewisville Coming Soon!
420 East FM. 3040, #850
Lewisville, TX 75067
Oh my. Not so far from where I work in West Plano that I won't be making that trip for lunch more than I should.
Yeah, I've heard Hawaiian ex-pats badmouth mainland L&L's, too. But I am nowhere that picky.
The L&L website still says the Lewisville location is "Coming Soon", but they did add a phone number, so I called it and spoke at length with Bill, the owner (very pleasant guy).
He's run into the standard delays, but hopes to have the place running right at the start of 2008. Also mentioned he was looking to open in other locations, specifically Plano.
So, not much longer. Bill even offered to personally make me a loco moco plate if I drove out to the site today...
A while back, some transplanted Hawaiians tried to open a shack, serving the casual Hawaiian fare that I think we're all looking for -- long rice, kahlua pork, musubi, lomi, poke, etc. I guess they didn't get enough support to stay open.
Funny anecdote: the former exec chef of Ferre Restaurant in West Village actually grew up in Hilo. Last year, he concocted a Kahlua pork Caesar salad for the annual Caesar salad competition...he didn't win, but he did come in 3rd, I think...
Sushi Yama has Spam Musubi, although I haven't tried it yet.
It's a special item on the wall.
8989 Forest Ln # 112
WOW!!! An L&Ls coming here?! Sweet!!!
I can't believe I somehow missed this thread. I made musubi yesterday and the other night I tried my hand at baked manapua (if you're interested in that, tell me) for my mom!
Heres something local.. locally.. for you guys (i'm just copying my post from hawaiithreads)
"Here in Texas, I usually shop between two different Japanese shops in Dallas, a 100 yen shop called Minoya and a small food store (with killer fish (but no butterfish )), but a few months ago I tried out one I'd never been to before called Kazy's. Well, what do you know... walking in, we were faced by a gigantic palatte of Hawaiian Sun! They also had Hawaiian Salt, Portuguese sausage, Aloha shoyu AND the guy said sometimes they get POI.
I guess this means ones of three things:
a) it was destiny and they kept all that stocked just for us...
b) local Japanese have taken quite a liking to island stuffs
c) there is a very elusive Hawaiian community here!
Who knows. All I care about is that I am sipping on Guava Nectar... ONO!
I guess you guys would be letter "C"!!!
Wheres everybody now?