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mics Jan 3, 2008 07:30 PM

havent seen a thread about hawaiian food,love it. not posting chains like l&l . these are the place that i know of .how about your fav place?. 1,kauai family familiy off mich ave 2. leas, up in devuall,.they are going thru some tough times as the husband needs a heart transplant 3. bobbies up in everett 4.pac west,across from sea tac mall.anybody know of any outhers.post em

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    nonbei Jan 3, 2008 09:35 PM

    One of my faves is Saimin Says in Kent/Des Moines. A true "hole-in the wall" that puts out great Hawaiian style bentos, chili, and of course Saimin. I haven't been there in over a year, so you may want call them before making the trek. Here's a PI review of them from 2005:

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/21...

    Bobbies is always a winna!

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      Ligament Jan 3, 2008 10:44 PM

      This place has very limited hours. I don't know how they expect to stay in business. I've driven there 2 or 3 times during reasonable "restaurant hours" and they've been closed each time.

    2. Hanads Jan 5, 2008 09:51 AM

      As a transplant myself, I'd suggest Kona Kitchen on 5th Ave NE and Hawaiian Breeze in Wallingford. Both have great food and Kona Kitchen has a bar and wide-screen TV for watching UH Warriors games.

      www.konakitchen.com
      www.hbreeze.com

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        Lauren Jan 5, 2008 01:49 PM

        You need to get yourself to Kauai Family Restaurant.The folks at Kona Kitchen are really nice but the food is nothing compared to that at Kauai. Unless Hawaiian Breeze had improved in the past few months, I wouldn't send anyone there.

      2. Kelsolake Jan 7, 2008 10:35 AM

        Whatever you do, stay away from L and L. They seem authentic, but the food is atrocious. Pacific Island Grill in Federal Way is not to bad. Just do not order the Poi, it always seems like it is really watered down and like it has been sitting around too long. Still searching for the best Lau Lau in town.

        Let us know if you have any luck.

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          cgracilis Jan 8, 2008 12:27 PM

          L&L is my favorite place to eat when I go back to Hawaii, so I was happy to find one here in Lynnwood. I always just order chicken katsu (sometimes with curry). It's pretty awesome compared to what's available to students around the Ave near UW. Kelsolake's comment may be true that the food at L&L is atrocious because I've never tried any of their other stuff. However, if you happen to stop there, try the chicken katsu. Many of my friends agree that it's better than most katsu you can find elsewhere.

        2. frygirl Jan 7, 2008 05:03 PM

          This thread has me intrigued. I've never had Hawaiian food. If I were to try one of these restaurants, what do you suggest I order?

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            mics Jan 7, 2008 05:19 PM

            to go easy,i would say go to kauai family and start out with peters hawaiian bbq chicken.not your regular bbq,but more of a terriki flavor or, a hulu hulu sauce .but o so ono.small place ,but your order is cooked as you wait.this gives you time to look at the menu and ask question about the food for next time.

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              frygirl Jan 7, 2008 05:42 PM

              Thanks! I'll try that.

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                bluedog67 Jan 8, 2008 03:21 PM

                what does everyone think of Ohana on 1st ave in belltown (is it still there?)?

                I am not an expert on hawaiian food, but i liked this place the time i tried it.

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                  rumgum Jan 8, 2008 07:46 PM

                  Ohana is good, just pricey and slightly fancy for good plate lunch type food. Kauai family is great, but I wish they served more rice with their meals. I prefer the mac salad over the other places. They also used to sell decent malasadas on the weekends. I'm not sure if they still do. Lunch hour is sooo busy though. Even when you call in a take out order, be prepared to wait 20 minutes. Bobbie's in Everett comes in at a close 2nd. I enjoy the chicken long rice and lomi lomi salmon. The poke wasn't so fresh the last time I ordered. Kona Kitchen is ok. They win with their cocktails.

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            akq Jan 9, 2008 05:05 PM

            Hawaiian food around the Seattle area is difficult. Kauai family is okay in a pinch, but beware the wait and the extremely slow and rude service.

            I like Hawaii BBQ in the Udistrict. I used to go there pretty regularly when I was in school. The owner is very nice.

            I have not been happy with Hawaiian Breeze or Kona Kitchen, but it's been a while so I'd give them another try.

            I love L&L, but each one is a franchise and given a lot of discretion, so their food's not standard. Their spam & egg sandwiches are still awesome, though (once you remove half of the onion they pile on them).

            Ohana is not, in my opinion, Hawaiian food.

            Generally I just break down and buy laulau (steam them), poi (mix in some water) and kalua pig (heat, add cabage) from Uwajimaya and make it at home. They also sell frozen Zippys chili and portuguese bean soup (YUM!).

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              mics Jan 10, 2008 02:22 PM

              forgot about the food court in uwajimaya,aloha cafe is not bad. sounds like you stay around seattle,while l&l is a franchise if i remember right the first was openned in lynwood and now there are 3 lynwood,renton and fed way.i believe all 3 are owned by the same entitity.i have seen the same people in charge atall3 of the chains.but for a good meal i would still stand behind kauai family,might be alittle slow,but then again if we arent we run hawaiian time when we go to eat.but would really offer you go to bobbies in everett or leas. uwajimaya also carries portguee suasage and manapuahs

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                mics Jan 21, 2008 02:59 PM

                heres another place that has very good food,waimea brewing company,111center way,kirkland,425-828-0404.last time we went,last year,cecilio of c&K[cecilio and kapono] was playing there solo.

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                  kirkj Jan 21, 2008 05:04 PM

                  They've been out-of-business at that location for over a year.

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                  akq Jan 25, 2008 03:51 PM

                  I went to Bobbys in Everett for the first time last week and the food was killer! It ended up being pretty expensive, though, because they didn't seem to have the ubiquitous "Hawaiian Plate". I was stuck ordering an entree of lau lau (with rice and mac salad) for about $10, plus ala carte portions of kalua pig (about $6), poi ($4 for 4 ozs), etc. Adds up fast...but it was really tasty.
                  The Food Network just did a thing about them so they were busy...

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                elicia Jan 21, 2008 06:25 PM

                i love the mochi mochicken at North Shore Hawaiian BBQ, 606 N 105th St
                Seattle, WA 98133. my husband loves the very home-style Katsu Curry, big hunks of potato and carrots. giant portions! i've used them 3 times for catering-take out orders. and they're always on-time and piping hot!

                there's also Luau Polynesian, 2253 N 56th St, Seattle, WA - (206) 633-5828 ~ they've changed their menu a little bit, more like small plates and sides. oh as if i'd actually *share* the homemade potato chips! ha. Shaggy Chicken is my favorite.

                and Trader Vic's Bellevue, Lincoln Square , 700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
                (425) 455-4483 ~ not exactly hawaiian, but totally Tiki ~ Happy Hour has $3 Mai Tais and small plates for 3-5 bucks (and they're big, small plates!)

                Hawaii Breeze is pretty good, but the service is super slow. and not giant "hawaii style portions" but everything is fresh and tasty.

                i hated the food at Aloha Plate ~ it was a few years ago, but it was just bad filipino steam-table food.

                i don't feel Ohana is hawaiian food.

                Islander Restaurant 96 Union St, Seattle - (206) 344-8088, is a good sit-down hawaiian restaurant. again, they've been messing with the menu for a while (i am still sad they dont have the hawaiian fried chicken).. and they've done away with the awesome purple sweet potato mash. still, worth going for the other items...

                we went to the Hawaiian place on University a couple times. but i thought it was no better (or worse) than most Teriyaki Joints in the city.

                my favorite is Kauai Family (in seattle)

                my all time PNW hawaiian restaurant is Patricks' Cafe in Vancouver WA.

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                  akq Jan 25, 2008 03:54 PM

                  I have been to Trader Vics exactly once and will never go back. I found the drinks to be really overdone (and very sweet) and the food was barely passable. I also didn't like luau when I went years ago (maybe I should try it again?) and found that they had nothing resembling hawaiian food at all. Islander also has no Hawaiian food, although I have enjoyed some lunches there.

                  I am with you on the Ohana - not hawaiian food, really. But they do have Spam Musubi!

                  I have eaten at North Shore but it wasn't memorable - I'll have to give them another try.

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                  Alohachick Jan 29, 2008 10:38 AM

                  If you want good, cheap Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese or Korean try the food court at Uwajimaya Market. It is located on 5th Avenue south. Lot's of variety good prices and portions. Quick bentos or take home duck you pick.

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