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kukui_nut
May 21st, 2004, 12:48 PM
Any opinion about the best one around??

**I've been warned that this question has been known to spark a riot. :rolleyes:

Albert
May 21st, 2004, 01:18 PM
It definitely isn't the one behind Atherton House at UH-Manoa, although the people there are so nice and friendly it's difficult not to patronize it now and then. (And their offerings are better than Sodexho's on campus.)

I've heard that one which is parked mauka of Sports Authority on Ward Avenue is excellent, but haven't tried it.

pzarquon
May 21st, 2004, 02:48 PM
Here near the airport, there are half a dozen lunchwagons operating within a four-block radius. The one I really liked, though, was Tani's... but it was chased off by the owner of the property on which it parked 'cause it was doing too well. :p I know they're still operating in the neighborhood, but it's not worth the trip anymore.

Downtown, I like the lunchwagon that parks adjacent to the King Kamehameha statue fronting Ali`iolani Hale (across `Iolani Palace). There are two on that street, actually, but it's the one that stakes out the spot closer to S. King that I prefer. I can't think of a specific dish or specialty, but I've always enjoyed whatever I've bought there.

My all time favorite lunchwagon isn't around any more... it was the one that parked at the Municipal Building, but it disappeared one day to be replaced by a Ba Le Sandwich wagon (bleaugh).

scrivener
May 24th, 2004, 09:27 AM
Do you know about Tae's Teppan-Yaki lunch wagon, in the Kaheka Street Daiei parking lot?

The chef used to be a teppan-yaki chef. The lunch wagon sells one thing: teppan-yaki-style, thinly sliced beef rolled up around thinly-grated daikon, resting on a bed of romaine lettuce. You get your choice of sauces (the wasabi seems to be the most popular, but I like just the salt and pepper), and your plate comes with a pretty good ponzu dipping sauce. It won't stuff you to the gills, but for $5.50, you get a yummy-tasting, high-quality takeout.

I like to take mine to the Daiei food court. What a menagerie of humans in various conditions!

The posted hours are M-F, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but I hear the food never lasts until closing. Give it a try. I've had it twice in the last three weeks, and am going again tomorrow night (my Bible study is a block from there, and I ride the bus from work).

[duplicate-posted somewhere else]

Eric
May 24th, 2004, 09:55 AM
Pu'uwainani's, in the parking lot at the 'ewa-makai corner of Halekauwila and South Streets, is really good. The Advertiser wrote them up last year and got them a lot of business. When I'm in the area, I always go there and get the fried 'ahi poke. So 'ono!

slickvic
May 24th, 2004, 12:00 PM
aaahahhh the lunch wagon! I love the food from the lunch wagon.


I remember i used to work at Mike Salta Pontiac by the airport. The roach coach used to come by with the bestest food evar!

Then when i was at UH there was a really good one that came by the Frat house. that one had the best Chicken Katsu.

I do not remember the names of either one of them but I always had good expiriences with the lunch trucks.

In fact I am getting hungry just thinking about it now!

I can hear the bell as a type! :)


-vic


http://img74.photobucket.com/albums/v224/HawaiiThreads/roachcoach.jpg

kimo55
April 15th, 2005, 11:10 PM
Any opinion about the best one around??



Tsukenjo's!
Ward and da kine.

AbsolutChaos
April 16th, 2005, 08:14 AM
Has anybody tried that burrito one? I've seen it parked at Daiei in the parking lot during the weekdays around lunch time...it looks kinda shady, but then that's the way most of the good ones are, right? (And the bad ones too, unfortunately...)

Thanks

1stwahine
April 16th, 2005, 09:26 AM
Across from Tsukenjo's (great food) by American Savings Bank is fairly new lunch wagon. I had their prime rib sandwich. Ordered Roast 1/2 chicken for Mama with gravy. Fridays is the normal Hawaiian Plate Special.

My absolute favorite was the lunch wagon by Fishermens Warf. Curry stew and mac salad, old style. Now I know why, I can't lose this weight. I gain weight just thinking about our local grinds!

Note: Off topic but I have to tell you abour Chowder House at Ward Warehouse. Had dinner there last night with Mama. Laid back atmosphere, great grinds and the price is reasonable!

craigwatanabe
April 18th, 2005, 11:10 AM
I dunno I've eaten Tsukenjo's for over 20-years already and the quality is slipping.

But when in Campbell Industrial park, go to Sassy Cassy parked in front of the Aloha Petroleum facility across from the H-Power entrance and savor their "Broke Da Mout" Teriyaki beef plate with all the drizzle. It's Number One because it says so on their menu! Trust me, you won't find a better teri plate than at Sassy's. Mo betta den Tsukenjo's! :D

hkplayer
April 19th, 2005, 06:40 AM
this is a side topic, but i wish i could start one myself and live off that for the rest of my life on the island(s) :wink:

Moto
April 20th, 2005, 06:06 AM
If you're heading to Waihiawa around lunch time, take the H2 north and go past the Mililani exits and take the tech park exit. Right by Oceanic's office builidng check out Scoopers. I like their plate lunches. If you miss Scoopers another lunch wagon takes their place to catch the late lunch crowd. I never tried that one, though.

craigwatanabe
April 20th, 2005, 09:24 AM
HO may wen Wahiawa become ocean front?

Pomai
January 20th, 2006, 01:48 PM
We tried a newly-established lunchwagon in the Iwilei area today...

http://www.96seven44.com/images/paperplatewagon.jpg
Nixon (da' guy behind.. he owns the lunchwagon) gives a big shaka

Name: PAPER PLATE Catering Services
Location: Corner of Pacific St. and Iwilei Rd. (just corner-bound between of the Castle & Cook building, Dole Cannery Complex and City Mill)
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 10am to 1:00
Contact: (808) 848-0007, (808) 232-1254, email: paperplatecatering@yahoo.com
Proprietor: Nixon Dabalos, owner/chef
Menu:
DAILY MENU
1. BBQ Chicken - mini $3.50, regular $5.00
2. Grilled Garlic Mahi w/fresh tomato salsa - mini $4.00, regular $5.50
3. Pork Adobo - mini $3.75, regular $5.00
4. Herb Salmon w/creamy basil pesto - regular $5.50
5. Crab Cakes w/chili aioli sauce- regular $5.50
6. BBQ Beef Short Ribs - mini 3.75, regular 5.50
7. Meatloaf Loco Moco w/mushroom gravy - mini $3.50, regular 5.00

Mix & Match 2 choices @ $6.50
Includes: White rice & choice of Toss Salad or Mac Salad
Dressing: Ranch, Italian or Thousand Islands

DRINKS
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sprite, Ice Tea, Passion Orange or Bottled Water - 65 each

WEEKLY SPECIALS
Monday/Tuesday:
Misoyaki Butterfish - $6.50
Shrimp & Mussels w/oyster sauce: - $6.50
BBQ Pork Spareribs - $5.50
Fried Ahi Poke w/ginger shoyu dressing - $5.50

Wednesday/Thursday:
Shrimp Pasta w/choice of cream or marinara sauce - $6.00
Eggplant Parmesan w/garlic bread - $5.50
Orange Chicken w/ginger fried rice - $5.50
Seared Tofu Steak w/shrimp & longbeans - $5.50

Aloha Friday:
Pork Lau Lau w/lomi salmon & haupia - $6.50
Kalua Pork & Cabbage w/lomi salmon & haupia - $6.50
Baby Back Ribs - $7.00
Fried Ahi Poke w/ginger shoyu dressing - $5.50
Mochiko Chicken w/sesame sauce - $5.00

*Prices may be updated. All items based on availability.

http://www.96seven44.com/images/paperplatecrabcake.jpg
Crab Cakes with Aioli sauce (in container)

http://www.96seven44.com/images/paperplateribscrabcombo.jpg
Crab Cake & BBQ Short Ribs Combo

http://www.96seven44.com/images/paperplatekaluapigcab.jpg
Kalua Pork & Cabbage with Lomi Salmon & Haupia

Da' Scoops...
I had the Crab Cakes with tossed salad. Really ono! There's a nice hint of spice to it. Perhaps Ceyenne Pepper. Also tastes like there's onions and some other type of veggies mixed in, which gives it a complex, yet balanced texture and flavor. It's fried just right. Not too oily, burnt or soggy. I could see imitation crab in the patty, but not sure if there's real crab. Doesn't matter... it's convincing and certainly ono.. especially for just $5.50! The aioli also has a spicey zing and is a must to dip the crab cakes in. The rice and tossed salad is nothing to write home (or here) about. My buddies enjoyed their food as well. The Kalua pig is said to be moist and flavorful. So is the Lomi Salmon.. juss' right. The BBQ Beef Short Ribs are said to be ono too. They really pulehu the ribs.. not fried on a griddle.

As you can see, their name - Paper Plate - is a misnomer, as they actually serve your food in styrofoam clamshells. Huuuuhhhh, how I miss Kewalo's (Kanda's) waxpaper-lined paper plate! They also need some logo art on their wagon. "Lunch Wagon".. he he he.. well.. it certainly is that!

Overall, the flavor, portions, quality and service (really nice guys there) awards Paper Plate Catering lunchwagon 9 out of 10 shakas! We'll certainly return for more. The entire menu selection sounds so ono! If you're in the area, stop by and check 'em out. Gotta' support da' local businesses!

anapuni808
January 20th, 2006, 02:01 PM
Hi - this is not a lunchwagon, but for anyone downtown in Bishop/Hotel St. area: try the Remington College Building - get Chinese, Italian, Indian, Philipino, Mexican, Soup/Salad/Sandwich place, fancy coffee drinks too.

Soon there will also be a Hawaiian/Samoan plate lunch place & a fancy plate lunch place open too.

oh, and for your convenience - H & R Block too. So you can get your food & do your taxes - kind of one stop shopping :D

and by the way, I work for building management so this is just a little PR for our building! We just went through 8 months of major renovation so it's really nice now for lunchtime - lots of seating and nice "atmosphere"

Hope to see you there!

Fran

pzarquon
January 20th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Hey, anapuni808, I just ate at the Italian place there on Tuesday!

Nice write-up, Pomai! I stay hungry! (Quite an accomplishment with a guy with a cold.) I noticed in this thread, back in May of 2004, I mentioned Tani's, and wondered how they were doing. Well, an excellent write-up (http://www.hawaii.rr.com/leisure/reviews/kim_lehano/2005-12_tlunchwagon.htm) by Kim Lehano was posted at Oceanic's site last month. I just might have to go out of my way to enjoy their food again.

Menehune Man
January 20th, 2006, 05:33 PM
Tsukenjo's!
Ward and da kine.

My favorite too! Long ago I used to work at the Blaisdell and every day, yes every day a group of us would make the trek down Ward Ave. to get lunch. Of course that's when they parked in the "old" spot. I still stop by when I can. Been the first customer of the day many times. HaHa!

kimo55
January 20th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Nixon (da' guy behind.. he owns the lunchwagon) gives a big shaka
while he proclaims:
I... am NOT a crook!
I am da cook!

Menehune Man
January 21st, 2006, 09:58 PM
this is a side topic, but i wish i could start one myself and live off that for the rest of my life on the island(s) :wink:

I have truly considered it and may yet set up a lunchwagon in Fiji. If I get back there to live and am still young enough to drive.

AbsolutChaos
January 21st, 2006, 11:23 PM
Hi - this is not a lunchwagon, but for anyone downtown in Bishop/Hotel St. area: try the Remington College Building...Indian...too.

INDIAN?!?!?! Tell me more, please!

So far I've only found ONE Indian restaurant I'd recommend to others.

Boy do I miss REAL Indian food... :(

glossyp
January 22nd, 2006, 07:36 AM
So far I've only found ONE Indian restaurant I'd recommend to others.


Do tell! I've tried a couple and pretty much gave up figuring I was tossing money away. If you prefer not to say in public, send me a message. Craving some navratan korma and pulav as I write... :)

anapuni808
January 22nd, 2006, 09:04 AM
HI - it's called Komala Curry House. and everyday, I see many Indian/Pakistani customers. Their food is very good with about 6-8 choices everyday. The couple who own it are Indian themselves so the food is authentic. I love their lamb curry.

Fran

anapuni808
January 22nd, 2006, 09:05 AM
Komala Curry House has korma everyday.

Fran

Pomai
January 4th, 2008, 09:23 AM
FYI, I just called Tsukenjo Lunch House, and the owner told me they recently SOLD the lunch wagon! So no more Tsukenjo lunchwagon. Only get da' lunch house. Noooooooo!

Tsukenjo Lunchwagon has been at that Queen and Ward location, like, forever.

Another landmark Honolulu lunchwagon goes into the history books.

Lei Liko
January 4th, 2008, 09:30 AM
FYI, I just called Tsukenjo Lunch House, and the owner told me they recently SOLD the lunch wagon! So no more Tsukenjo lunchwagon. Only get da' lunch house. Noooooooo!

Tsukenjo Lunchwagon has been at that Queen and Ward location, like, forever.

Another landmark Honolulu lunchwagon goes into the history books.

My stomach just officially went into mourning. :(