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looking for a good Hawaiian restaurant in LA (westside/SF Valley if possible) that caters. Needs to be authentic.

spang Mar 24, 2008 08:23 PM

Looking for good Hawaiian restaurant that caters in LA Iprefer Westside/SF Valley but will go further for the right place that caters. We love good Hawaiian plate lunch places on our trips to Hawii and want to throw a big luau here in LA


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    potofood Mar 25, 2008 07:06 PM

    There is only 1 authentic restaurant that I know of.Don't know if it caters.Rutts Hut on Washington blvd in Mar Vista/Culver city area.

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      tastycakes Mar 26, 2008 08:39 AM

      not sure if you consider it authentic, but ono hawaiian barbecue is great and they have a hollywood location. they do bbq plates, katsu, shrimp, mahi, curry, musubi, and a darn good seafood noodle soup.


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        ns1 Mar 26, 2008 09:55 AM

        hawaiian chicken?

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          PayOrPlay Mar 26, 2008 10:40 AM

          That's a good suggestion. *spang*, here's a thread if you're interested in the huli-huli chicken specialist.


          Hawaiian Chicken
          686 North Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

          1. re: PayOrPlay
            ns1 Mar 26, 2008 10:45 AM

            Seriously though, the place is awesome. Their chicken is great, the sauce beyond addictive (I would say moreso than El Pollo Brasa's Aji sauce), and I love their mac salad.

            Their other entrees aren't too shabby either, but the chicken is where it's at.

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          PayOrPlay Mar 26, 2008 09:59 AM

          I suspect that most of the Hawaiian places will cater, at least in the sense of making big trays of food suitable for crowds.

          Rutts is indeed the best Hawaiian place on the westside (not much competition, really) and they do cater. http://www.ruttscafes.com/ruttscafe_catering.htm The menu is a little smaller than ideal--e.g. no chicken long rice, no lomi lomi, no poi as far as I know --but what they do have is generally pretty good.

          Back Home in Lahaina, on Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, is not bad. Bigger selection than Rutts, a little more expensive, more commercial. But not bad. http://www.backhomeinlahaina.com/catering.html

          There's an L&L fast food place on Lincoln in Santa Monica which I've tried once, and wasn't particularly impressed.

          Most of the posts around here suggest that the Hawaiian food improves the further south you go toward Gardena, Torrance, Lomita, and environs. I haven't tried enough of these places to opine. Actually the best Hawaiian place in LA that we've tried so far is Shaka's in Alhambra. http://shakas.com/

          Also I have no suggestions about where you'd get the hula dancers for your luau. :-


          Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe
          12114 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

          Loft Hawaiian
          23305 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

          Back Home In Lahaina
          916 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

          101 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

          2300 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

          L & L Hawaiian Barbecue
          1916 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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            ns1 Mar 26, 2008 10:05 AM

            Bruddah's > Shakas. By a large margin. A VERY large margin.

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              wilafur Mar 26, 2008 01:56 PM


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                justagthing Jul 16, 2008 03:51 PM

                Ate at Bruddah's yesterday...mixed plate special for me and it was wonderful. Love the short ribs! and yes, agree w/ns1.

            2. monku Mar 26, 2008 03:29 PM

              You want to throw a catered luau, then call Debbies. They don't have a restaurant. You can ask them where their next event is going to be and I'm sure you can check them out. I mentioned them in your other thread. I'm sure they can turn you on to some authentic entertainment also.

              There's a fine line between luau food and plate lunch food, then places like L&L or Ono Hawaiian BBQ are quite adequate....I go to them when I can't get down to Bruddahs. If you're thinking of L&L, call the one in Pasadena and ask for the owner Dave (626)583-4960.

              Debbies Catering
              16417 S. Denker Ave.
              Gardena, CA 90247
              Phone: 310-769-3688

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                Slackerchick Jul 16, 2008 02:51 PM

                This number for Debbie's is no longer in service. Does anyone know if they have a new number or have another recommendation for a catered luau, specifically for a whole pig? Looking for catered rather than pick-up.

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                tdo Jul 18, 2008 12:11 PM

                I've only had their cakes which are great but King's Hawaiian Bakery in Torrance also has a pretty successful restaurant which caters.

                King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant
                2808 Sepulveda Blvd
                Torrance, CA 90505
                Phone: (310) 530-0050

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                  ns1 Jul 18, 2008 01:41 PM

                  eat the cakes skip the restaurant

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                    justagthing Jul 18, 2008 03:44 PM

                    2nd that motion

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