Hawaiian Take-out for 40-50 People?
A friend is having a Hawaii-themed party this Saturday, and the caterer she hired contacted her at the last minute to say that they can't do the food for her party (because of an illness).
Now the party is a few days away, and they need a Hawaiian restaurant that can do take-out for 30-40 people. They're willing to pick up the food, so they don't need a caterer, just a reliable (and tasty) restaurant that can handle that type of order.
The friend lives in San Francisco, so a city-based operation would be most convenient, but if need be they can travel outside the city to pick up the food.
You can try Hukilau, L&L, Ono, or Hawaiian Drive In
5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
L & L Hawaiian Barbecue
6893 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014
Ono Hawaiian BBQ
1501 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132
Hawaiian Drive In
50 San Pedro Rd, Daly City, CA 94014
If you ARE going for lunch plate food, I would recommend Ono over L&L and Hawaiian Drive Inn. The cabbage they serve under the katsu is steamed, so it's meant to be eaten. The mac salad I had at Hawaiian Drive Inn the other day was watery and bland. Ono's mac salad has pieces of chicken in it. L&L used to be my fave until Ono came.
If I had to rank them:
3. Hawaiian Drive Inn - least expensive, but lacks...something
This late in the game, I think their main concerns are:
1. Reliability (a place that will have the food ready on time, to order)
2. Convenience (not having to drive out to San Jose on the day of their party)
I don't think they're concerned about authentic vs fused, so much.
I like the Hukilau on Masonic and have enjoyed some really good food there (truly delicious rice omelette); although service at times can be maddeningly slow. Hukilau catered food for our halau's ho'ike, and did a very nice job. Eva's Hawaiian Cafe on Clement Street is also quite good (I can't find a web address, but here's an earlier Chowhound reference - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44613).
In June, I had Roy's Hawaiian cater a party for about 55 people. Surprisingly, their prices were pretty reasonable and they came with steam baths to do a whole set up, with orchids and all. I have to say, I was surprised but their food was amazing. We spent about $1300 with waiters, the steamers, orchids, and food.
We did Ono BBQ for our rehearsal dinner food for our wedding 2 years ago (about 50 people). It was fantastic. We had so much food left-over and it saved us a ton of money. We picked up from the Sloat location. They have a catering menu. Prices are so cheap! They had the food ready to go when they said they would. It was tasty... it's not fine dining... but it will set the mood. I highly recommend them... if only everything else went as smoothly with our wedding planning!
You might call Rick's on Taraval. It will be more expensive given it's a full service restaurant. The lau lau and pig should be very good catered, i.e., both stand up well to travel and reheating. http://ricksaloha.com/
L&L and Ono are both good and a great value. I'd go with Ono.
Re: Eva's...it's owned by L&L.
Rick's Restaurant & Bar
1940 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116