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King's Hawaiian Restaurant

I was wondering if anyone has been to the King's Hawaiian restaurant. I buy the dinner rolls all the time, but have never made the trip to Torrance. People tell me they drive over an hour to go, I want to make sure it's worth the drive.

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  1. I used to work for Honda in the area while I was in college, and went quite frequently when it first opened (so it's been a few years since I've been there). I rather liked it, and their island-style fried chicken. The pastries are good there, too...the paradise cake is yummy...three different layers of cake (pineapple. guava, and I think coconut) and it's not overtly sweet.

    1. I do like it but I don't think it's worth an hours drive. They do have a great bakery.

      1. If you want to taste slightly overpriced, often Americanized Hawaiian food in a soccer mom friendly atmosphere, then this is the place. The Local Place (owned by the same folks) is closer to Hawaiian fast food and is also freeway convenient for those just traveling through. Both locations stock King's bread and bakery goods.

        There are many better Hawaiian style restos in the Gardena area, most notably Bruddah's.
        http://www.chow.com/lists/67
        I also like Bob's Okazuya or the Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop for breakfast served all day.

        If the OP would let us know where he's coming from, there are likely good alternatives closer to home worth trying.

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        Bob's Okazuya
        16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

        Bruddah's
        1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

        Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop
        15707 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

        The Local Place
        18605 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

        Kings Hawaiian
        2808 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA

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        1. re: DiveFan

          +1 on DiveFan's post. Bruddah's probably comes closest to what I think of as the Hawaiian Grindz experience. The place is old with a nice "patina" which reminds me of the small eateries in the older sections of any of The Islands that I've been to. The food is pretty much on par with what's typically found in The Islands, save the salt and fat level. And since this is a pretty close facsimile of the typical Grindz experience, lots of expats go here.

          For a first time exposure to Hawaiian comfort food, King's is approachable to most. It would be similar to having El Torito for a first time Mexican experience, but with a big bakery counter added in. As DiveFan mentions, The Local Place puts you a couple steps closer to The Islands, and it's just off the 405.

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          Bruddah's
          1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

          The Local Place
          18605 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248

        2. Definitely do not go out of your way to go there. If you happen to be in Torrance, then fine, if you're okay with regular mainstream food and pastries. It's a festive place cuz it's usually crowded, they've got a bit of a Hawaiian theme, and there's lots of colorful pastries to look at, but they're supermarket quality.