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Plate Lunch Reveiw Thread
freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-06-23 10:55 am   Permalink

After reading Dogbytes' reviews of Portland area Plate Lunches I decided we need a Plate Lunch Review thread. I figured I'd follow the layout of Locating Tiki but put them in Tiki Drinks & Food since most plate lunch places are Hawaiian themed but not Tiki. I'm starting with the place nearest my work:

Name: Island Boy Grille
Type: Restaurant
Street: 10066 Pacific Heights Blvd.
City: Sorrento Mesa (San Diego)
State: Ca
Zip: 92121
Country: USA
Phone: 858.452.7708 Fax: 858.452.7675
Status: Operational

Description: A small storefront with an open kitchen, about 10 crowded tables inside & a couple crowded tables outside. There are several Tikis inside , a Primo Beer shadow box, some Hula pictures & a Julian Cruz longboard on the walls. Not alot of atmosphere, but what wonderful food! Every day they have Kalua Pig & Lau-Lau, and their Chicken Katsu would pass my dear Nana's Schnitzel test: you could sit on it & not get your pants greasy; but don't sit on it, Cover it with the Katsu sauce & enjoy! Their Plate Lunch consists of 2 scoops of rice, an entree, a choice of side (you can choose Macaroni salad, Seafood Potato salad with shrimp & crab, Lomi Salmon, Lumpia, Chicken Long Rice, fried Wontons, Kim Chee, Fries...) & a green salad, all for around 6 bucks! Everything's cooked to order, but still faster than say Mickey D's.

Their website is
http://www.islandboygrille.com/home_ibg.asp
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lanikai
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Joined: May 15, 2004
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2004-06-24 03:03 am   Permalink

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On 2004-06-23 10:55, freddiefreelance wrote:
After reading Dogbytes' reviews of Portland area Plate Lunches I decided we need a Plate Lunch Review thread.
Name: Island Boy Grille Their website is http://www.islandboygrille.com/home_ibg.asp





cool!

and dont forget L&L Hawaiian BBQ on, i think, beach blvd. Huntington beach.
(or whatever that looong blvd is that goes straight shot from 405 to da beach.)
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docwoods
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Posted: 2004-06-24 06:27 am   Permalink

Yummy sounding menu-although the ground beef patties with brown gravy sounds suspiciously like salisbury steak-ick.I'd nominate the wonderful Hala Kahiki,but all they serve is pretzels.I suppose you could get a plate of them but that would be a bit of a stretch.

 
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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2004-06-24 1:32 pm   Permalink

Name: L&L's Hawaiian BBQ
Type: Restaurant
Street: Lots of'em,
http://www.hawaiianbarbecue.com/hawaiian_bbq_loc.html
City: Lots, see list above
State: Az, Ca, Nv, Ut, Wa
Zip: Lots, too
Country: USA
Phone: Check that list!
Status: Operational



Called L&L Drive-in in Hawaii, there're 31 L&L Hawaiian BBQs in Ca, 3 in NV, 1 in Az & 1 in UT, with more all the time (20 last year alone)! I've been to the O-Side location several times. I've just scratched the surface on the menu, but I love everything I've had so far: Chicken Katsu, Chicken Katsu Curry (has anyone noticed yet that I like Chicken Katsu?), Mahi Mahi, Fried Shrimp & Barbecue Shortribs. The Chicken Katsu is moist & not greasy & the curry is mild but complex & funky (I like that in a curry). I had the fish & shrimp on the opening day when people ordering lunch filled 1/2 the parking lot & they could be excused for not doing their best, and the fish was still done beautifully, the shrimp was still fresh tasing & not rubbery. And I love the Barbecue Shortribs: Sweet, chewy & flavorful like short ribs should be. They're opening a 2nd location in Oceanside this Friday the 26th, Maybe I'll try the Barbecue Chicken...

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lanikai
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2004-06-24 2:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-06-24 13:32, freddiefreelance wrote:
Name: L&L's Hawaiian BBQ
Type: Restaurant
Street: Lots of'em, http://www.hawaiianbarbecue.com/hawaiian_bbq_loc.html
City: Lots, see list above
State: Az, Ca, Nv, Ut, Wa




its a prop and mainstay round here. real kama'aina business. we all grew up on da plate lunches and have em almost every day;
teriyaki chicken and beef, mac salad, two scoops rice.
ono grinds, broke da mout!
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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-09-05 10:08 pm   Permalink

we ate at the L&L here in washington last night ~ onolicious.

which reminded me that i should cut and paste the rest of my plate lunch reviews and put them in this thread!

so the next few replies will be stuff you've probably seen before, just not all in one place!


 
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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-09-05 10:09 pm   Permalink

Vinyl Club Hawaiian Restaurant and Nightclub
130 Will Dodge Way
Ashland, OR 97520
541-488-1690

Type: Bar
Drink Quality: ACK!!! They have a tiki drink menu, but these are not the classic versions. The Mai tai is a blended strawberry daiquiri. Thought briefly about asking the bartender if he knew how to make a classic Mai tai, but he was too busy talking to one patron at the bar. Instead, Todd ordered a layered drink (rum, midori, cranberry juice, pineapple juice) he said it was weak (and we didn’t see any layers!)

This bar is hard to find ~ the entrance is on the alley behind the main street.

Architecture: faux zebra fabric booths and aluminum tables, disco ball and lottery machines, dance floor and bar. Pretty darn swank.
Music: Hawaiian music during dining time ~ later, this turns into a very busy bar scene. Music varies.
Food:
Coconut shrimp (6 small shrimp, 6 bucks)
Teri Beef (7.00)
Chicken Katsu (6.50)
Nothing very remarkable about the food, except that the portions are certainly not Hawaiian-sized. Any bruddah would leave hungry. Mac Salad was very plain; no bits of anything, just a bland pinkish mayo dressing, might have been store bought. Two stingy partial scoops of rice dot the plate. Cabbage is used under the main dish for no other reason than to psych you into thinking you’re getting a mound of meat.
Staff: she was friendly to the locals, never interacted with us much. The cook came out to talk to friends, but made no effort to extend aloha to us ?
TIPSY: zero


 
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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-09-05 10:09 pm   Permalink

No Ho’s Hawaiian Café http://www.nohos.com (Portland and Medford, OR)
703 E Main Street
Medford, OR 97504
541-245-6919

Type: restaurant
Drink: beer and wine
Architecture: Lots of wood slats on the walls, clean lines, feels a little like a surf shop. A very cute restaurant.
Music: Hawaiian music
Food: ONO ~ big portions. Order the regular, 2 scoops: the menehune is one scoop rice and smaller portion of the main dish, the Blalah is 3 scoops and more meat portion. We busted our guts on the regular. But ohhh it feels good. Wear stretch pants!!
Korean Mix Plate (15.35) Korean ribs, spicy Korean chicken.
Special Saimin (blahah size 9.60) two fried eggs, cabbage, char sui top a giant bowl of noodles.

Oh we saw a plate of the yakisoba go by. The waitress needed both hands to carry the plate.
No desserts (oh as if we had ROOM to eat a dessert)
Staff: terrific! Efficient, friendly, fast. Lots of families eating here.
TIPSY: zero

Other location:
2525 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
603-233-5301


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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-09-05 10:10 pm   Permalink


Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille
http://www.bghawaiiangrille.com
0515 SW Carolina Street
Portland OR 97239
503-977-2771




Type: restaurant
Drink: beer on tap, wine. Offers mixed drinks. No sit down bar.
Architecture: cute interior, surfboards, and one tiki.
Music: Hawaiian music
Food: spoiled.
Todd’s shoyu chicken (6.50 for the small plate) was plentiful, but tasted a little bit off, like it was left over. My spicy Korean chicken (6.50) was on special, and was definitely rancid. The mac salad was homemade, but the pasta was cooked way past mushy.
Out of saimin. Prices for the grilled meat items are high. Also, I’ve never been to a place that charges extra for chicken in the Oyaku Donburi (which means “chicken and egg on rice”)
A cold vibe here.
Staff: sympathetic, offered to replace my meal. We were too afraid to order anything else. They didn’t charge us for my dish.
TIPSY: one large carved tiki


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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-09-05 10:10 pm   Permalink


Patrick’s Hawaiian Café
316 SE 123rd Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98683
360-885-0881



Type: restaurant
Drink Quality: offers Mai tais and other drinks, but no bar (per se), was hard to tell about the drinks, as there isn’t a bartender on duty. Since each time we were here, we were driving, we didn’t order cocktails.
Architecture: lots of SPAM merchandise adorns the walls. T-Shirts and posters from well-known places on the islands dot the walls. Fake palm trees and plastic fishies everywhere. A joyful place despite the lack of tikis.
Music: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Live Music. Hawaiian music plays during mealtime. The ukulele player was eating dinner with the owner and his family and staff. I wish we could have stayed to listen to him play. We did get to listen to him tune his uke!

Food: ONOLICIOUS! Easily THE BEST plate lunch I’ve had on the mainland. Sumo-sized! We ate here twice. We mapped it, door to door, 170 miles is NOT too far to drive to Patrick’s. This food better than certain places on Kauai!!


Maui Onion Rings (5.95). Beer battered, perfectly crispy, not a bit greasy. Served with the most delicious dipping sauce (we think its ranch, but it was BETTER than any dressing poured from a bottle)
Deluxe Saimin Noodle Soup (7.95) huge steaming bowl of noodles, 3 pork-shrimp wontons, big shrimp and lots of veggies in a chicken-dashi broth.
Hibachi Miso Chicken with Peanut Butter (7.95 lunch). Three marinated boneless pieces of chicken were charcoal cooked and coated with a Thai-like peanut sauce.
Deluxe Surf & Turf (9.95 lunch)(kalbi ribs, huli huli chicken and coconut shrimp) two strips of ribs, 3 pieces of chicken and3 large shrimp oh so good.
Surf & turf (8.95 lunch) (teri beef, huli huli chicken deep fried mahi) mounds of food, we substituted Korean chicken garlicky and spicy sauce on grilled chicken.
The potato-mac salad has tuna mixed in.

You will be too full to even think about dessert. Don’t let that stop you. You MUST have the homemade ice cream. We shared a scoop of coconut ~ oh so toasty, so coconutty, rich and creamy.

Check out the gift area for your Kauai Kookie needs lots of fun trinkets for sale. And flavors of SPAM I didn’t know existed!

Staff: you feel like family. Welcomed, made comfortable, we felt like guests invited for dinner.
TIPSY: zero


 
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-09-05 10:13 pm   Permalink

No 1 Chinese Bbq Restaurant
Address: 3-3160 Kuhio Hwy
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 246-6888

a converted fast-food restaurant serving plate lunch and Chinese food. There’s a steam table, but we skipped that and ordered from the menu. I had the seafood combo plate lunch; breaded mahi and shrimp with short ribs (there’s a choice of meat, that was mine) with rice and mac salad. The mahi was good but the shrimp breading was overly doughy and the short ribs were too sweet and too fatty. My husband had Chinese, beef with green beans, also served plate-lunch style with rice and mac salad, and his was much better than mine.


 
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-09-05 10:15 pm   Permalink

Lawai Restaurant
Address: 2-3687 Kaumualii Hwy
Lawai, HI 96765
Phone: (808) 332-9550


(on Hwy 50 almost 3 miles west of the junction with Hwy 520, it’s next to a 7-11). Real dive of a plate-lunch place, menu is on a chalkboard and hard to figure out. The ginger-fried chicken was excellent, a big portion of all dark meat with a crisp, slightly sweet crust; my husband’s teriyaki pork was good but streaked with a bit too much gristle. Both were served as plate lunch, the mac salad was better than at A-1 and the steamed rice just right.


 
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-09-05 10:16 pm   Permalink

Hanalei Mixed Plate
Hanalei Mixed Plate
Address: 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy # E4
Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: (808) 826-7888

okay, first off, serving something alongside a scoop of rice should not allow you to call it a “plate lunch”. Plate lunch has to come with something in addition to rice; macaroni salad or potato salad or at least coleslaw. Second, they’re nice people, gave us a taste of the kahlua pork (which was enough to decide to avoid it), and they serve big piles of food, *but* . . . the ginger shoyu chicken was bland and the vegetable chow mein even blander. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasted an opportunity to have truly good food.


 
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-09-05 10:18 pm   Permalink

Mark's Place
Address: 1610 Haleukana St # A
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-2522

(from Hwy 50 at the Kauai Community College take Puhi Rd. away from the college toward the Puhi Industrial Park; turn right on Hanalima, then right on Haleukana (basically after the first building you see on Hanalima); 1610 Haleukana St.). This is a new restaurant/catering business started by the former executive chef at the Sheraton, who teaches cooking at the college. No inside seating, basically serves just plate lunch and bento; I had the daily special combo, two large tempura shrimp, teriyaki steak, and teriyaki fried chicken, while my husband had “Mark’s famous mixed plate”, beef stew, teriyaki beef, and chicken katsu. Both came with rice, mac salad, and fried noodles, neither cost more than $7.


 
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dogbytes
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Posted: 2004-09-05 10:22 pm   Permalink

Shiro's Saimin Haven
Address: 98-020 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI 96701
Phone: (808) 488-4834

Shiro’s four locations, all of them are in the Pearl City area; the one we went to is in a strip mall on Hwy 99, on the right as you head west from Pearl toward Ewa (Waimalu Shopping Center my husband had the Beeg Shiro, a double-decker sandwich with char siu and teriyaki, while I had saimin again, I forget the name of the dish but it had ten different toppings including a nice butterflied shrimp which came on the side so you could choose to dip it or plunge the whole thing into the broth. The broth at Shiro’s is chicken rather than the bonito flake broth they used at New Uptown Fountain; I liked it better, but my husband is a fan of the milder-tasting fish broth and didn’t. Again, an excellent, filling, and pretty cheap lunch.


 
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