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Jan 31, 2008 09:00 AM

(PHX) Any place to get loco moco?

Is there loco moco to be had in the Phoenix area?


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  1. This place has loco moco on its menu

    Phx area locations:

    13070 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd., Suite C-7
    Avondale, AZ 85323

    4972 S. Power Rd, #104
    Mesa , AZ 85212

    2990 Germann Rd, Suite 1,
    Chandler, AZ 85249

    3923 E.Thomas Rd., Suite B-4
    Phoenix, AZ 85018

    Phoenix #2 Coming soon...
    Baseline Rd/ 24th St

    15560 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Suite B-10
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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    1. re: hohokam

      I am a fan of Ono's loco moco. Frequent the Scottsdale location often. Good

      L & L Hawaiian BBQ, a Hawaiian chain which I used to visit when I lived there also has 2 outposts here:

      (Stapley and 60)
      Mesa Grand Shopping Center
      1641 South Stapley Drive, Suite 103
      Mesa, AZ 85204
      Phone: (480) 539-1328
      Fax: (480) 539-1340

      (W. Happy Valley and N. 23rd Ave.)
      2501 W. Happy Valley Rd., #50-1250
      Phoenix, AZ 85027
      Phone: (623) 434-4119
      Fax: (623) 434-4178

      Have been to the Mesa location several times. It's on the NW corner of the mall piece (not a freestanding building).

    2. I really gotta give Ono another chance. I love Hawaiian food, but my only experience there was awful. The valley needs a full fledged PI restaurant.

      1. I went to Ono some time ago and thought it was by far the weakest link as far as Hawaiian in town. The chicken I tried was greasy and tough, and the macaroni salad insipid. I've lately been addicted to Hula Hawaiian BBQ over in west Phoenix; they have two locations, but the one on Union Hills took loco moco off the menu. The southern one might still have it, but I don't usually make it over that way. These guys are the ones who got me hooked on Spam musubi. If you haven't tried Spam musubi before, definitely give it a go. Spam musubi and loco moco in one sitting will have you earmarked as a native islander ;-)

        My vote for favorite Hawaiian goes to Ma'i Island Grill in Tempe, on Forest just north of University, where E!Ba Cafe used to be before they moved. There is also Aloha Kitchen down in Mesa near Chandler, but there was just something about it that hasn't driven me to return. I know a lot of people like it, but I found it pretty average. Last is L&L Hawaiian BBQ, which is a Hawai'i based chain. It's usually pretty good but can be inconsistent. There are several locations around town for L&L.

        Hula Hawaiian Barbeque
        2755 S 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ

        Ma'i Island Grill
        705 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

        Aloha Kitchen
        2950 S Alma School Rd # 12, Mesa, AZ

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          I think the main reason I moved to Hawaii was spam musubi! : ) Well maybe spam musubi and a little bit paddling outrigger canoe.

          Haven't done any chicken at Ono but I enjoy their spam musubi, loco moco, kalua pig and when the owner (Scottsdale location) has recommended, they've had some great kalbi.

          Thanks for the other suggestions JK. Will have to put them on the list. We also went to Aloha Kitchen a couple years back & didn't feel a major pull to return.

          The other of my favorite dishes is Portuguese sausage with rice & eggs (over easy) for breakfast.

          1. re: ccl1111

            This picture is why I would move to hawaii.

            Similar to what you described. Same ingredients, probably just cooked different. The eggs were scrambled hard.

          2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            The only loco moco I've ever tried was from Ma'i Island Grill. It was tasty, the combination of fried eggs and beef is unnaturally good, but I think their grilled chicken is better.

          3. We were vacationing on the Big Island a couple of years ago and I wanted to order Loco Moco but my wife was pregnant at the time and every mention of Loco Moco made her gag. She threatened to create some "Loco Moco" of her own and her wretching sounds validated the threat. So, I've yet to try it.....

            1. I haven't had it there but Island Roots in Tempe has it on their menu. They're on Elliot just east of Priest in the Costco parking lot. We've only been there once and thought the food was OK. Not great but we have yet to find great Hawaiian/Pacific Island food here in Phoenix.


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                1. re: Seth Chadwick

                  oh really? we haven't been over in there in a while. Too bad, the people that ran it were awfully nice.

                  Seems to be a doomed location...

                  1. re: ziggylu

                    The previous tenant, Sonoma Casual Dining, found new life over in downtown Phoenix. I hope Island Roots manages to settle somewhere else; that building (and indeed that block, the building on the corner of Elliot and Kyrene has been HOW many restaurants over the last ten years? does seem to be cursed for restaurant space.

                    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                      Didn't know Sonoma was still around. That kind of surprises me...we were unimpressed when we went to their location in Tempe.

                      Yes, I noticed that the place that went into where Atlanta Bread Company was is also gone. They didn't last long at all.

                      There's so much traffic in that parking lot with the Costco it's surprising it's so cursed for restaurants. Guess there's just a lot of options right around there so tough to compete...

                      1. re: ziggylu

                        Interesting. I've recently discovered Sonoma in its new site at First Ave. and Van Buren, but had no idea it was previously located in Tempe. I'd say it's much better suited to Downtown, where there is an unmet need for healthful lunch options and early dinner options. Unfortunately, like so many Downtown restaurants, it stops serving at 8 PM and is closed weekends. Let's hope that changes.

                        Sonoma Casual Dining
                        25 W Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85003