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Jun 14, 2006 07:20 PM

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 ...


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  1. Sounds awesome! Gotta try this place.


    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...