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I have found my reason for living ... ALOHA FOOD FACTORY!

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Cook: "I can make anything you want."

Me (bubble thoughts): "anything"???

That's how it all started. I had to make a trip to Cal State LA and stopped for a quick bite before heading back to the office and decided to drop in at ALOHA FOOD FACTORY - a place known for its Hawaiin lunch specials (right around the corner where the 710 FWY ends in Alhambra).

Ok, onto the chow.

Ordered up a Hawaiian Classic Burrito (its really my own franken-creation). Spam, pineapple, Kalua pork, and wasabi and drenched in teri sauce. Sounds horrible, I know, but goes down so smoooooth. The nice salty, crunchy feel of the slightly charred spam mixed in with the sweet pineapple and pork ... all of it blended in nicely with the wasabi. Oh, and of course, the teri sauce just makes sure it all goes down the windpipe with ease. This was so damn good.

Topped off the meal with some Hawaiian shaved ice (weather was VERY cooperative today in SGV).

Some guy next to me was having a burger - gotta give that a try next time.

Highly recommend this place if you're in the area.

Check the link to the website below ... I'm headed to see my cardiologist now ...

Link: http://www.alohafoodfactory.com/pages...

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  1. Sounds awesome! Gotta try this place.

    Link: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

    1. This place sounds cool. How's the kalua pig? That's probably my favorite luau dish.

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      1. re: Jack Flash

        The pig was good, not great in my estimation, but who could tell what with the spam, wasabi, pineapple and teri sauce. I usually like my kalua pig on the salty/smoky side. I doubt their version is made with an imu, but who knows (and honestly, who cares, the whole thing tastes so damn good).

        I also think I spotted someone downing a bowl of poi, but couldn't be sure.

        Shaved ice, while satisfying, just wasn't what you could find on the North Shore of Oahu ... never could find something comparable here in the states.

        1. re: ipse dixit

          On the contrary, last time I was at the West LA Buddhist Church's OBON festival, in the fall, I had a Shave Ice ((NOT shaved ice)) that would compete with the best I've had off the mainland.

          1. re: WORX4FUDE

            How is Shave Ice different from Shaved Ice?

            1. re: WORX4FUDE

              Yeah second fdb's question ... what is Shave Ice then ?_?

        2. Looks interesting. They even got a kalua pork and lau lau combo, which has become my new standard item to judge and compare Hawaiian restaurants. Can't wait to check it out when I'm in that neighborhood.

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          1. re: Wonginator

            agreed - lau lau is my gold standard for hawaiian joints. yet to find any place decent in LA that does the dish justice.

          2. "Down the windpipe"? Yikes.

            1. Now, if they only had tripe on the menu...

              1. I'm there, yesterday!

                1. g

                  Ooh, you've got my attention, bra.
                  The other so-called Hawaii lunch joints, especially the chain outfits, s u c k so hard... my lips are now on the left side of my face. No lie.
                  Mmm, I'm on my way.

                  1. That place is delicious, and the owners are SO nice too (I live in Alhambra and go there about once every 1-2 months.) I loved their spam musubi! (most of the other ones have WAY too much rice, in comparison to spam & nori) The freshly fried-to-order sesame chicken is awesome too.

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                    1. re: AquaW

                      How are their burgers? And is the Loco-Moco worth trying?

                      This place is going to be a regular of mine ... I'm ditching Spikes Teriyaki Bowl for my teriyaki fix ...

                      1. re: ipse dixit

                        Haha, actually didn't get around to that yet -- unfortunately I usually go there solo (and usually a to-go pickup over phone) so I consistently order spam musubi plus sesame chicken/kalua pig plate/fried rice ~ if I ever get around to trying a burger (or going with others) I'll let you know... though more than likely you'll be the one letting me know ;)

                        But yea, other "Hawaiian" spots in the area hold no candle to AFF.

                    2. Used to frequent this place years ago when it was one of a few Hawaiian restaurants around. It used to be a Taco Bell. Yes, the owners are nice and strive to put out the best Hawaiian food they can. Used to go for the Poruguese sausage and eggs and teriyaki burger. From what my native Hawaiian friend's tell me, Aloha Cafe in Monterey Park on Atlantic(next to Paul's Kitchen) is the best in the area maybe followed by Shakas on Garfield. The chain Hawaiian BBQ places aren't as bad as people make them out to be...that's what plate lunches are all about.

                      Want real authentic Hawaiin style food--Bruddah's in Gardena is it.

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                      1. re: K

                        Bruddah's _and_ Gardena Bowl---heart attack heaven!!!

                        1. re: K

                          I think Aloha Cafe is now closed!

                          1. re: Pancee

                            Hi all,
                            The owner of Aloha Cafe is a friend of mine and I thought I'd pass the information along. Aloha Cafe has been closed for about a year but they are now opening a new location under the same ownership in downtown los angeles in little tokyo. It should be officially open sometime in mid March. They have a website too now. www.EatAtAlohaCafe.com Check it out for more info.

                            1. re: ClaudeTheDog

                              According to the website www.EatAtAlohaCafe.com, Aloha Cafe is now open in Honda Plaza on 2nd St. in Little Tokyo. D'oh!--We were actually parked right across the street from Honda Plaza last weekend and didn't notice it. Has anyone been to this new location yet?

                              Aloha Cafe
                              410 E. 2nd St
                              Los Angeles, CA 90012
                              Click here for directions.

                              Phone: (213) 346-9930
                              Hours: Open 10am - 9pm
                              Monday through Saturday

                        2. I drive by there probably every other day. And haven't been once. It never seems like anyone is ever there.

                          But I vow to try it now. Thanks for the review.

                          1. If you haven't tried the Kalua Chicken yet, you have too! It's AWESOME! Hooooo---soooo goood! For dessert, try the Works! Shave-Ice w/ red bean and ice cream. We love the restaurant and the owners-we feel at home when we're there! We're originally from Hawaii so we need our plate lunch fix every now and then. We've been to L&L, Aloha Cafe, King's, Bruddah's, The Loft, Seoul Grindz, tried different plates at the Ho'olauleas, you name it. We have a way to assess a Hawaiian Plate Lunch restaurant: the mac salad and Laulau has to be good! Aloha Food Factory is at the top of our list. L&L has the worst mac salad. Has anyone been to Ohana-Hou Hawiian Grill in West Covina? We watched Makena perform there recently - the food is good - nice restaurant - opened last year - nice people - the owners promote local and Hawaiian bands - they also feature Polynesian dance/dinner theater - check it out!

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                            1. re: sherrex8

                              You didn't mention Ono Grill on Potrero Grande in Monterey Park. Very small place but great food. They have a potato/mac salad that is delicious. Their chicken karaage(?) is excellent. They do a "volcano bowl" that's a favorite. They have opened another Ono Grill on Las Tunas also. Haven't tried that but same owners so I'm sure the food is good.

                              1. re: Neta

                                ono grill is ok, but it aint no bruddahs!

                                  1. re: Neta

                                    Gardena. I've never been there but I know it's in Gardena.

                                    1. re: Neta

                                      Here's a link....

                                      1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                                      1. re: Neta

                                        Get their grilled butterfish. shoyu butterfish if that's your thing. I prefer the grilled. Their beef stew is also good, but their butterfish is IMHO where it's at.

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          Love, love, love their short rib beef stew. I will try the butterfish next time. I don't think it is always on the menu, do you know which days you seem to find it there?

                                          1. re: justagthing

                                            I have never been there when they didn't have butterfish. I HAVE been there when they didn't have beef stew, however. So I guess that doesn't help you much ;)

                                        2. re: Neta

                                          Right here in this link.

                                          1033 W Gardena Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                                          Aloha Food Factory
                                          2990 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                                          Ono Grill
                                          1975 Potrero Grande Dr Ste A, Monterey Park, CA 91755

                                          Ohana-Hou Hawaiian Grill
                                          1230 Lakes Dr West, Covina, CA

                                  2. Thanks for the reminder, I haven't been for a while. I've never seen it crowded, and I've not seen it empty though either. It seems like most customers are regulars, and the atmosphere is homecooked, unlike a lot of the "fast food" feeling Hawaiian grills cropping up around. I need to get back asap.
                                    Sounds like I need to look up Ohana-Hou Hawiian Grill also.

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                                    1. re: MaryT

                                      just went there last weekend and had char shu burritos with avacado. need to try their loco moco next.
                                      as for ono grill on potrero grande...the best thing there is span katsu musubi! also try bachan's down the stree on the corner of potrero and arroyo. they have one of the best kalbi