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Hawaiian plate lunch in SF Bay Area

achefsbest Jan 22, 2011 02:45 PM

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.

  1. Civil Bear Apr 15, 2012 11:52 AM

    I'm a big fan of the spicy Kahlua Pork at Rays Hawaiian BBQ in San Mateo.

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      fatty_mouthfeel Apr 14, 2012 06:05 PM

      Having just eaten at Hawaiian Walk-In for the first time in a while, I have to revise my previous estimate downward. It was distinctly worse than Wiki Wiki. Too greasy and salty, and the kalua pork in particular wasn't that flavorful. It was dirt cheap, and if I still worked nearby I'd probably eat there occasionally. But definitely not worth a trip.

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        dunstable Apr 12, 2012 04:35 PM

        I eat at Waikiki in El Cerrito from time to time (I work in the area) and I have to say that it is below-average Hawaiian (but above average food for El C...). I wouldn't drive out there from Berkeley to eat it. There's also a place called Ohana in Hayward; I think that might be a chain, but I think they're okay.

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        1. re: dunstable
          Melanie Wong Apr 14, 2012 12:53 AM

          Yes, Ohana is a local chain. I've tried the Petaluma location and can't recommend it.

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          fatty_mouthfeel Apr 12, 2012 03:10 PM

          I think Wiki Wiki and Hawaiian are both fine- don't rock my world, but produce respectable kal bi, kalua pork, and mac salad. Neither as good as Hukilau in SF, in my opinion.

          There was a place next to Arizmendi Emeryville that was pretty good- maybe another branch of Kilohana?- but it shut down.

          Anyone been to the Hawaiian Drive-Inn location in Pittsburgh? How does it stack up to these other options?

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            SWoodruff Apr 29, 2011 11:57 AM

            Kilohana in Dublin is yummy...and the lady that runs it is very pleasant. Aloha!

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              j mather Jan 24, 2011 04:45 PM

              There's Waikiki at 9935 San Pablo in El Cerrito. Ono grinds, brah.

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                beer786 Jan 24, 2011 03:10 PM


                Ok plate lunches, used to be one in Redwood City.

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                1. re: beer786
                  yimster Apr 28, 2011 10:17 PM

                  It gone and opening in it place is something call Beijing. Not open as of yet but soon I think.

                2. mariacarmen Jan 22, 2011 10:56 PM

                  Never been here, but driven past it a bunch:
                  (old review, but the place is still open.)

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                    ML8000 Jan 22, 2011 05:31 PM

                    Try these:

                    Hukilau (in SJ and SF) More of a sit down place but good grinds...full bar and they serve poke
                    Kilohana Grill (San Ramon) Good quality but recipes are sometimes different
                    Ono Hawaiian BBQ (lots of locations) SoCal chain that expanded to NorCal...better then L&L

                    230 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

                    Ono Hawaiian BBQ
                    1501 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132

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                    1. re: ML8000
                      myst Jan 24, 2011 10:19 AM

                      I like Hukilau. Used to live near the SF one and enjoyed the occasionally plate of taro pancakes or the evil chili cheese fries with hawaiian pulled pork stuck in the cheese.... nothing really healthy on the menu, but a good vibe/fun place.

                      230 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

                    2. achefsbest Jan 22, 2011 05:26 PM

                      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!!!

                      1. Eugene Park Jan 22, 2011 05:12 PM

                        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
                          Pius Avocado III Jan 24, 2011 08:27 AM

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

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

                        2. Robert Lauriston Jan 22, 2011 03:51 PM

                          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.

                          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
                            Robert Lauriston Jan 23, 2011 08:44 AM

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

                            Wiki Wiki Hawaiian BBQ
                            2417 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

                            Alohana Hawaiian Grill
                            2116 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston
                              sydthekyd Jan 23, 2011 10:54 AM

                              Didn't Templebar close?

                              1. re: sydthekyd
                                wolfe Jan 24, 2011 01:31 PM

                                Call and ask them.
                                (510) 548-9888

                            2. monku Jan 22, 2011 03:44 PM

                              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.

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

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                                TerriL Jan 22, 2011 03:27 PM

                                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
                                  Malcolm Ruthven Apr 28, 2011 08:54 PM

                                  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.


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

                                  1. re: Malcolm Ruthven
                                    KaimukiMan Apr 29, 2011 10:53 AM

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

                                    1. re: Malcolm Ruthven
                                      drewskiSF Apr 29, 2011 01:24 PM

                                      that looks pretty generous for a small order.

                                      1. re: Malcolm Ruthven
                                        ML8000 Apr 29, 2011 01:37 PM

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

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