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wilafur Apr 17, 2006 02:14 PM

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.

  1. Kris P Pata Dec 27, 2006 09:29 PM

    Dis da bes' tread inna long time.

    Gotta agree wit wilafur: RUTT'S okay but, BRUDDAH'S hands down da' best Local-style grinds heah'. Broke da mout' food and da kine prices. REAL Local vibe, too.

    For the pidgin'-impaired: BRUDDAH'S? It's worth the drive. Absolutely!

    TAK'S is an excellent, if not, underrated call if for no other reason than the local (LA style, not Island) historic implications.

    As for best loco moco, I'm partial to BRUDDAH'S version but, my little bro and his old Gardena-area high school homies agree with Mahalo2 and are staunchly loyal to BOB'S on the eastside of Vermont, just south of Gardena Blvd.

    Bacon fried rice used to be my fave until some evil mind at THE LOFT in Artesia came up with Kalbi fried rice which is simply Nirvana, Island-style.

    www.thelofthawaiianrestaurant.com

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      oldhat Dec 27, 2006 08:56 PM

      Is Bruddah's worth the drive from West LA?

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        Wonginator Dec 28, 2006 06:21 PM

        Absolutely. I think Bruddahs's has the best Hawaiian food in SoCal, followed closely by Bob's Okazu-ya.

      2. wilafur Dec 21, 2006 04:19 PM

        wow, blast from the past. since my oriignal post, i have been to rutt's @ 4-5x. its good hawaiian, especially for the westside. i enjoyed the loco moco and the royale (w/ bacon!!). but at the same time, rutt's does pale in comparison to bruddah's in gardena.

        however, i've gotta say rutt's is worth it, especially when i do not want to deal with the 405 freeway nightmare.

        1. rlknapp1 Dec 21, 2006 02:26 PM

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

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            pirikara Dec 19, 2006 11:00 PM

            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.

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              petradish Apr 17, 2006 07:36 PM

              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...

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                PaulF Apr 17, 2006 05:58 PM

                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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                  Like-Go-Eat? Apr 17, 2006 07:08 PM

                  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

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                    Scott Apr 17, 2006 07:15 PM

                    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?

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                      Like-Go-Eat? Apr 17, 2006 07:40 PM

                      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/

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                        KirkK Apr 18, 2006 12:22 PM

                        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/

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                          Like-Go-Eat? Apr 18, 2006 01:35 PM

                          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.

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                            Mahalo2 Apr 23, 2006 03:10 PM

                            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.

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                      K Apr 17, 2006 08:04 PM

                      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...

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                        Like-Go-Eat? Apr 18, 2006 12:17 PM

                        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

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                        BigDog Apr 18, 2006 04:56 PM

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

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                          Like-Go-Eat? Apr 18, 2006 05:11 PM

                          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

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                            ken Apr 18, 2006 06:39 PM

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

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                              Like-Go-Eat? Apr 18, 2006 09:16 PM

                              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

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                          wilafur Apr 17, 2006 07:27 PM

                          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!!!!

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                            oldhat Dec 19, 2006 09:09 PM

                            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.

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                          Ralph Apr 17, 2006 03:03 PM

                          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,)

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