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Aug 2, 2007 02:11 PM

hawaian restaurant?

so my coworker challenged me to find an hawaian restaurant in los angeles. no luck searching the LA Chowhound board. any suggestions?

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  1. closest to metro LA would be rutts cafe in culver city.

    but you'll need to head to the southbay for really good hawaiian bruddah's in gardena.

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    1. re: wilafur

      I second Rutt's. Always request fried rice with and order -- not white rice

    2. If you mean Hawaiian style plate lunch, there are many, many choices. I am surprised you wouldn't find these links.

      If you mean traditional Hawaiian food ala Ono's on Kapahulu, there is really nothing like that. A number of the plate lunch places serve poi, lau lau and kalua pork, etc, but none are dedicated Hawaiian food.

      1. There's also a couple of Hawaiian plate lunch places in Alhambra

        Anytime a place has loco moco, I'll give them a chance. I guess in terms of other Hawaiian foods, I'm spoiled by having a lot of family there that offer me free room, board and food :)

          1. I like Shakas in Alhambra, they have a great bacon fried rice, just have them goes easy on the soy. Everything there is good, good masubi, teri and char sui, etc.

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            1. re: Burger Boy

              I second Shakas. But I add extra soy at da table. Wot about dat shave ice -- Yum Yum.


              1. re: Burger Boy

                I third Shakas in Alhambra (not the Monterey Park location). It has by far the nicest environment, presentation, and variety of food on the menu. It tastes pretty good, too. The Aloha Food Factory has decent food but the environment isn't as nice. All the rest of the Hawaiian places I've been to in the SGV are all eh.. not worth driving more than a mile or two for. Since they are springing up like weeds, you don't have to drive much more than a mile or two to reach one.

                Oh, there is one other one that is good: Ono Grill on Las Tunas in San Gabriel. Don't confuse this with Ono Hawaiian BBQ, which is not nearly as good. All the rest of the places are chains and are mediocre at best.

                1. re: monkuboy

                  Picked up some Teriyaki chicken from Shakas recently... horrible... steamed chicken with sauce poured over it. Musubi was mediocre. Quite disappointed.