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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: Robert Lauriston

                Didn't Templebar close?

                1. re: sydthekyd

                  Call and ask them.
                  (510) 548-9888

              2. 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!!!

                  1. 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

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                    Hukilau
                    230 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

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

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                    1. re: ML8000

                      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.

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                      Hukilau
                      230 Jackson St, San Jose, CA 95112

                    2. Never been here, but driven past it a bunch:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/40533
                      (old review, but the place is still open.)

                      1. http://www.hawaiiandriveinn.com/

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

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                        1. re: beer786

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

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

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

                            1. 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?

                              1. 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

                                  Yes, Ohana is a local chain. I've tried the Petaluma location and can't recommend it.
                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620285

                                2. 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.

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