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Hawaiian plate lunch in SF Bay Area

Just got back from Hawaii and now I'm missing the plate lunches. Does anyone know of a good home-style lunch plate place preferably in the E. Bay. I know about L & L, so something besides that would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I like Mauna Loa in downtown San Rafael. I usually get the BBQ chicken plate, but the short ribs, kalua pork and loco moco are all good. Your main comes with 2 scoops of rice + choice of macaroni salad, cabbage salad, or steamed broccoli. They recently installed a shave ice machine - not as fine as what you will find in Hawaii, but pretty good for the mainland!

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    1. re: TerriL

      I had lunch today at Mauna Loa in San Rafael, with their Kalua Pork, small order for $7.25, with sauteed cabbage, rice, and cole slaw (option with macaroni salad). I'm certainty no expert on Kalua Pork, but this was quite tasty, tender, and not greasy. The cole slaw was a tasty mayonnaise type. Here's a cell phone photo.

      http://tinyurl.com/3c9shgl

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      Mauna Loa Hawaiian Bbq
      810 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901

      1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

        hehe, a true blue plate special. looks ono, thanks for sharing

        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          that looks pretty generous for a small order.

          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

            That does look good...and the sauteed cabbage looks way better than what you normally see/get.

        2. Red A Bakery on Clement Street has Hawaiian plate lunches.

          Used to be Eva's on Clement, was the daughter of the originator of L&L, but I understand it's now closed. I never really saw much business there.

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          Red A Bakery
          634 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

          1. Which part of the East Bay? The only place I've eaten at is Templebar, which is good, but I'm not sure if they do lunch.

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            Wiki Wiki Hawaiian BBQ
            2417 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

            Hawaiian Walk In Restaurant
            402 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612

            Alohana Hawaiian Grill
            2116 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Huh, links disappeared. Wait, then they came back. Then they disappeared again. Weird.

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              Wiki Wiki Hawaiian BBQ
              2417 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

              Alohana Hawaiian Grill
              2116 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

                1. re: sydthekyd

                  Call and ask them.
                  (510) 548-9888

              1. It's been a few years since I went to Hawaiian Walk In, but it was good. Short ribs and tonkatsu were both executed well and priced inexpensively. I should make a point of checking them out again.

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                1. re: Eugene Park

                  Second Hawaiian Walk In, my favorite item is the kalua pig.

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                  Hawaiian Walk In Restaurant
                  402 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612

                2. Hey everyone,
                  Thanks for pointing me to some restaurants to check out.
                  I live in the Berkeley area, but am willing to drive for something yummy to eat!!!