Where To Get the Best Plate Lunches While On Oahu

One of the things that everyone told me I would enjoy while in Hawaii (besides the ocean of course)  was the food, especially the plate lunches. I didn’t know exactly what that meant  yet, but I quickly found out and we had quite a few plate lunches during our visit. Actually, it was pretty much all we ate. Below are four of the places we enjoyed the most while on the island.

Loco Moco Drive Inn was the first place we visited after landing in Oahu as it was very close to the airport. It was where I fell in love with plate lunches 🙂  They have Seafood, Chicken, Pork, and Beef entrees paired with 2 scoops of rice and 1 scoop of macaroni salad or a tossed green salad. Later we learned that this was typical fare wherever we went 🙂   It was so amazing, and I knew it was going to be a good week, lol

Another place we enjoyed was Rainbow Drive In. Apparently for more than 50 years they have served some of the cheapest and best plate lunches to Hawaii and the world. This was also the place that we first tried the island staple – loco moco. It consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. The egg thing was a little weird to me, but the rest was pretty good. We also heard that this was a former favorite of Obama. I can see why, as it was really good.

L & L Hawaiian Barbecue was a place I had wanted to try because I knew that have one here in the Denver area. They have the traditional plate lunches, and I really enjoyed their BBQ beef plate. We also found out that they have locations in  Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, New  York,  Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington . We have tried the one here in Aurora and it tasted like it did out there 🙂 So glad they are close enough that we can go and get our fix once in a while. 🙂  Below is a sample of their menu.

One of the places we visited the most was Zippy’s because there were quite a few locations around the island. They had a great Teriyaki Beef plate, but I also enjoyed their Katsu  Chicken plate. It was very tasty, and I liked the sauce that came with it. One interesting note about Zippy’s is that they just celebrated their 50th anniversary. The owners, Francis and Charles Higa founded Zippy’s Restaurants on October 17, 1966. I am giving away my age, but I also turned 50 the same day! Crazy, lol

Above is an example of a typical lunch plate we had while on Oahu. They may be served a little differently depending on where you go, but they are pretty much all the same. Gene and I have had some fun trying to recreate some of these plates since we’ve been home. Not quite the same, but still enjoyable. Look forward to visiting again one day.


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