It would seem as though Hawaiian Barbecue is multiplying like little Jackalopes. By default, Hawaiian food is fusion-… Plug in any ethnic you want and that’s what Hawaiian is all about. In the case of L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, it’s a fusion of Asian and American dishes. Hawaiiloves the plate lunch. The plate lunch inHawaiifeatures rice, macaroni salad, and a variety of toppings (fried egg, hamburger, gravy of loco moco, tonkatsu and the kalua pig).
Back in 1976 a couple of guys began operating a little dive, based on the plate lunch. 1988 is when they took off. Franchising proved successful for L & L Hawaiian BBQ and today they operate over 200 locations in 8U.S.states plus a few International locations.
They’ve developed award winning accolades as ‘Best Plate Lunch’; ‘Best Cheap Eats’; and ‘Best of Honolulu’ by Nations Restaurant News, Restaurants and Institutions Magazine, and Restaurant Business Magazine respectively.
Opened inEl Cajon(356 Broadway) for a couple of months, they are doing well. The restaurant sits in a little strip mall anchored by Target. The small interior is bright withHawaiicasting its friendly light throughout. The staff is friendly, greeting all with ‘Aloha’ and happily taking orders.
Nancy and I took the pork bowls and @ just under $4.00, packed with what feels like 5 pounds of good plate lunch fare, we feasted until full with great lust. I did my homework with this outing. Last time I reviewed the Hawaiian BBQ at Parkway’s food court I felt burned by the fact that the second time I ate there, it was juxtaposed to the great outing of our first trip. I have interviewed no fewer than 30 L & L patrons and overall they give this eatery 4 of 5 stars. I’d agree, and I will go back for a sample of the other delights on the menu, which includes a wide range of seafood, beef, and pork and chicken dishes. I am told I need to get the Chicken Katsu, which is crisp breaded chicken filet served with Katsu dipping sauce, and so I will try it next time. They even offer hamburgers and fries. I took away good vibes and satisfied hunger and am looking forward to next time.