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Hawaiian plate lunch

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I want to eat a good old cholesterol laden plate lunch, but was wondering who serves the best. I used to always go to Harry's Aloha Chop Suey in Gardena, but haven't eaten there in over ten years. Anyways, I thought I would try something different. I saw that L&L barbecue wasn't rated very highly by one poster. How about Bruddah's, Loft at Lahaina etc.?


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  1. Had lunch a few weeks ago at Back to Lahaina on Sepulveda a few doors South of Versailles. Same side of the street. I had a plate lunch with Moco Loco, 2 scoops of rice, macaroni salad and cole slaw. They had Spam Musubi on the menu too. We are taking my Hawiian neighbor there soon. Cheesy fake decor, good food, reasonable prices.

      1. As a displaced Kama'aina, I've tried most of the Plate Lunch - Hawaiian Food places in LA.......alas, we've moved to San Diego...auwe!

        Bruddah's is mostly Hawaiian Food - and pretty good
        The Loft at Lahaina is a favorite of my wife - especially for breakfasts on the weekend.
        Bob's Hawaiian Style Okazuya - nori wrapped fried chicken was very good - lot's of hidden salt though!
        L&L really isn't that bad...remember this is not fine dining...this is the stuff we were raised on...so placed in context.

        I've included a link of SoCal Plate Lunch places

        Good Eating

        Link: http://alohaworld.com/platelunch/

        1. Yes, I had come across them when I was doing my research on plate lunches--very helpful.

          1. if you really want some good hawaiian food go to Aloha Food Factory. it's in alhambra on valley right as you get off the 710 freeway. they have the best plate lunches and macaroni potato salad. if you really have a sweet tooth try their cha shu or their hawaiian style short ribs. i think they only serve the short ribs on wednesday though. happy eating!

            aloha food factory
            2990 w. valley
            alhambra, ca 91803

            1. most hawaiian doesn't have that much cholesterol bruddha'...when you grind choke chicken and rice...the mac salad gets balanced out cuz'

              1. Since we've revived this board, I like Seoul Grindz in the Glendale Marketplace (100 block South Brand, "down makai" from Borders Books. It's Korean but they have really good jun, and you can make a real good plate lunch.

                Verna's it's not, though. ("If no can, no can. If can -- VERNA'S.")

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  We really liked Seoul Grindz too but they've closed, it's so sad! We loved their Kalbi with all the side orders, we really miss it!

                  1. re: chowchow12345678

                    They did?? But I was there not very long ago!

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      I think we tried to go there about 3 weeks ago and there was a sign that L&L Hawaiian Barbeque was taking over. When were you last there?

                2. My recommendations:
                  Shaka's in Monterey Park
                  Rutt's on the Westside
                  (I don't like Ono Hawaiian BBQ chains - NASTY!)

                  1. i really like bruddah's. good thing they are far enough away from me so that i can make it out once every quarter.....otherwise i would eat there everyday and get fat. =)

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                    1. re: wilafur

                      Ohana Hawaiian BBQ just opened in Lakewood and I tried it out with hubby for the first time. We ordered our food to go and I ordered the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken (skinless...which is nice) and it came with 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad. I thought it was very good and the amount of food they provided was plenty for 2 people. My husband ordered the Volcano Chicken (deep fried w/a sweet & spicy sauce on it). His was really good as well. They gave him enough for 3 people at least. I felt this was a very chowhound type of place. The price was right and we had leftovers for the next day.
                      Another place I love near my workplace is Aloha Teriyaki on Rosecrans in Hawthorne I think. They have a great teriyaki chicken bowl. Very cheap, but very filling and tasty.

                    2. BTW, Harry's is gone now (one of my friends owned it for a short time). It's been replaced by a branch of the Loft. This one isn't as good as the one on Hawthorne in Torrance.

                      Other places are Gardena Bowl shop, and TNT in Torrance/ Redondo. I was told the old owners Gardena Bowl now run TNT.

                      1. Though Harry's spot was taken over by The Loft, a small part of Harry's menu is on the Loft's menu...like the fried chicken.

                        1. Bruddah's in Gardena is good, and between the owner, the staff, the customers, and even the aged shop, it feels alot like the places I used to eat off Waiakamilo Road back in the 70s. The only thing missing are the geckos on the screens!

                          1. I like The Local Place on 186th? and Western in Torrance. Its a baby offshoot of King's Hawaiian. The laulau is my favorite. Everything is fresh and good. Plus you can get all the great bakery items too.