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i drove by rutt's hawaiian in culver city/mar vista this weekend and was wondering if anyone has tried this place and whether or not it is worth trying out.

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  1. This place serves good Char Siu(Chinese Barbecue Pork)
    and eggs...as well as other Hawaiian type breakfasts.
    Can't remember specifically, but they also have good
    "Royals".( Meats cooked with eggs, island style,)

    1. I've been there lots of times.

      My wife really digs Hawaiian-Japanese places (she grew up on the Torrance/Gardena border where there are plenty of these types of places).

      I like it fine. They do the Royales and the loco moco which you just don't find everywhere. They've got the portuguese sausage and spam dishes on the menu -- the kids love the spam musubi (which is a pain in the ass to make at home, I think.)

      It's inexpensive and the people that work there are really nice. It's definitely worth trying out for those reasons alone. Even if you don't love it, you'll get full for not a lot of dough.

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      1. re: PaulF

        Good Loco Moco because they got da good burger meat. IMO da Royales must be ordered wit dat “BACON FRIED RICE.” Not da white rice you will get if you don’t say, “BACON FRIED RICE.” The difference is da taste.

        As fo da Bacon Fried Rice I thnk dat Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop makes Da Best but I like Rutt’s Roayels.

        Rutt’s Hawaiian Café ( (Try the Royales with Bacon FRIED rice – no sprouts, Burgers, also Loco Moco)
        12114 Washington Blvd.
        Culver City
        (310) 398-6326

        Rutt's Hawaiian Café II (Try the Royales with Bacon FRIED rice, Burgers, also Loco Moco, This location has a larger menu than the original Rutt’s and includes Country and Mexican style Breakfast served all day)
        17371 E. Valley Blvd.
        La Puente, CA 91744
        (626) 839 - 6312
        The Puente Hills Mall area. From the 60 Fry go North on Azusa Ave., Look for Rutt's sign on the left as you go over the train tracks, Left on E. Hurley St., another immediate left on S. Azusa Way. To Rutts on the corner of Valley Blvd.

        Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop (Best bacon fried rice – U.S.A., Japanese, Polynesian, Continental food)
        15707 S. Vermont Avenue.
        Gardena, California 90247-4328,
        (310) 532-0820

        1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

          Bacon Fried Rice?? Sounds good

          The 1st time I had Loco Moco was on the island. I was disapointed that Hawaiian BBQ places didn't have it (at least it wsn't on the menu).

          Does the gravy that is used make a differance too? I mean do Da gravy make any dif?

          1. re: Scott

            I like da Loco Moco at Rutt’s. It Made wit beef gravy as all good Loco Moco is. One post some time ago ripped on Rutt’s saying dat da gravy was white. I been to Rutt’s many times and dat gravy is Beef. Here some mo good chow spots. If you never had dat bacon fried rice you go down Gardena Bowl now. Like Rutt’s they have some good fish plates too. But dat Bacon Fried Rice – you will be buyin some mo fo to take home.

            Rutt’s Hawaiian Café ( (Try the Royal with Bacon FRIED rice – no sprouts, Burgers, also Loco Moco)
            12114 Washington Blvd.
            Culver City
            (310) 398-6326

            Rutt's Hawaiian Café II (Try the Royal with Bacon FRIED rice, Burgers, also Loco Moco, This location has a larger menu than the original Rutt’s and includes Country and Mexican style Breakfast served all day)
            17371 E. Valley Blvd.
            La Puente, CA 91744
            (626) 839 - 6312
            The Puente Hills Mall area. From the 60 Fry go North on Azusa Ave., Look for Rutt's sign on the left as you go over the train tracks, Left on E. Hurley St., another immediate left on S. Azusa Way. To Rutts on the corner of Valley Blvd.

            Island Grinds - Sully's Restaurant & Tavern (Loco Moco, Laulau)
            22735 Hawthorne Blvd.
            Torrance, CA 90505
            (310) 375-9158

            Bruddah's Hawaiian Foods
            1033 W. Gardena Blvd
            Gardena, CA 90247- 4957
            (310) 323-9112

            Gardena Bowl Coffee Shop (Best Bacon Fried Rice – U.S.A., Japanese, Polynesian, Continental Food)
            15707 S. Vermont Avenue.
            Gardena, California 90247-4328,
            (310) 532-0820

            Back Home in Lahaina (Loco Moco)
            916 N Sepulveda Blvd
            Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5927
            (310) 374-0111
            http://www.backhomeinlahaina.com/

            Back Home in Lahaina (Loco Moco
            )519 E. Carson Street
            Carson, CA 90745
            (310) 835-4014
            http://www.backhomeinlahaina.com/

            1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

              Went past the Valley Blvd location of what used to be Rutt's, looks like dey wen change to something called Don Carlos Hawaiian-Mexican Restaurant, or somethin' like that.

              Link: http://www.mmm-yoso.typepad.com/

              1. re: KirkK

                Sorry. About a year and a half ago the owner told me that the landlord never made repairs and that to keep it going he was forced to make repairs = loss of profit. He said he was going to move if things did not change but he hung in there so long. I hope he pops up someplace nearby as we liked the mixed menu.
                With a new name like "Don Carlos Hawaiian-Mexican" it sounds like someone might have taken it over and changed the name. Maybe worth a try.

                1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                  Honestly, if you're looking for a really good Hawiian plate lunch, go down to Bob's in Gardena. It's only about 15-20 minutes from Culver City....depending on traffic.

          2. re: Like-Go-Eat?

            Another suggestion for Loco Moco--Taks Coffee Shop, 3870 Crenshaw Blvd, LA (used to be the same people that ran the coffee shop at Holiday Bowl). Only open for breakfast and lunch.

            Loco Moco isn't just a hamburger patty, but a Hawaiian style hamburger patty-ground beef mixed with Saltine cracker crumbs and other spices. Most loco moco is served with a brown gravy. At Tak's Coffee shop its like a tomato-onion gravy.

            Image: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/10...

            1. re: K

              Thaks for da post and dat pic. I have been to Taks several times. A co-worker/friend who grew up on Taks and Rutt's introduced me to both places. That Loco Moco is da real deal and a Great mixed group of people eat at Taks. A place like, "Everybody knows your name" and no stink-eyes.

              Taks
              Coffee Shop
              3870 Crenshaw Blvd.
              LA

            2. re: Like-Go-Eat?

              Sorry La Puente is no more, a mexican restaurant now with some Rutts holdout items but not same

              1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                My thnks to KirkK and dat BigDog. I wen down to dat La Puente location today fo some lunch. The sign say it got some Hawaiian Grinz so I sit at da counter and dat menu has no such thing. Only two other people sitting inside eating at 12:30 -- both of them "work" there. One of dem tell me - "No more Hawaiian." So I leave. I guess last November Rutt's was gone also.

                Rutt’s Hawaiian Café ( (Try the Royales with Bacon FRIED rice – no sprouts, Burgers, also Loco Moco)
                12114 Washington Blvd.
                Culver City
                (310) 398-6326

                1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                  Went by there this AM. There was sign on it that said that they're closed until Saturday. Anyone know why?

                  1. re: ken

                    I have tried calling Rutt's ONE location (Culver City) several times today and never got a answer. Try again on Sat. Worth the wait.

                    Rutt’s Hawaiian Café ( (Try the Royales with Bacon FRIED rice – no sprouts, Burgers, also Loco Moco)
                    12114 Washington Blvd.
                    Culver City
                    (310) 398-6326

              2. re: PaulF

                so is the loco moco like they make them on the island with fresh ground beef packed into a huge juicy patty vs most of the places here that use the thin frozen hamburger patties reminiscent of the crap you buy at smart n final?

                i've been looking for some good loco moco on the westside. please say they do!!!!

                1. re: wilafur

                  I just got back from lunch at Rutts and I had the loco moco. It was pretty good. I'm a white boy from California so I don't know what authentic loco moco is supposed to be but this was two seasoned hamburger patties over steamed rice and covered in thick gravy, with mac salad on the side.

                  The gravy was excellent but the burgers were overdone/crispy on the outside. I don't know if that's how it's supposed to be. Also, the rice was a little inconsistent, around the edges of the plate, the grains were a little hard, like the rice hadn't been stirred in the rice steamer. Pretty minor quibble. Overall, very tasty. Can't beat the price, the service or the atmosphere.

              3. Worth trying for a gutbusting & homey experience. Tastes more freshly prepared and less like a chain restaurant than Local Place in Torrance.

                Link: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=c...

                1. Anyone remember Kennys Cafe? They made the best Royals. One thing I was disappointed about with Rutts was the portions. Small size is more like hella skimpy. Still, its decent and on the westside, so I'm not complaining.

                  1. Another place to consider is the Beach Hut in Manhattan Beach.