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adrian
May 22nd, 2004, 05:34 PM
Where do you go for your bento?

There's a place in Waipahu, called "K's Bento-Ya", nestled amongst Jenny's drive in (used to be called Diner's) and Jack In the Box, along Farrington Hwy.

They offer two bentos (do they still have them?), one regular, and one w/ shrimp, spam, and other goodies.

I don't remember what's in them, but their teriyaki chicken is the best.

helen
May 22nd, 2004, 05:57 PM
I can't remember the last time I brought a bento for myself but the last time I ate (which someone else brought) came from Zippys.

pzarquon
May 22nd, 2004, 10:31 PM
For the real deal, Okata Bento in Kaimuki. Here's a KHNL segment (http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=553191) on 'em. If I want to get all fancy, Kaka`ako Kitchen at Ward Centre. (If those can qualify as bento.) Otherwise, I confess, for the quick-and-easy, Zippy's Surf Paks and Zip Paks often fit the bill just fine.

easTTriver
May 24th, 2004, 09:56 AM
mitsuken...

slickvic
May 24th, 2004, 11:50 AM
mitsuken...I love Mitsuken, but there is this place in Ward Warehouse on the ground level that makes a really badass bento. I forget the name though. I wish I could remember, the food is sooo good over there!


-vic

http://img74.photobucket.com/albums/v224/HawaiiThreads/oshinagaki-bento.jpg

Timster
May 27th, 2004, 12:44 AM
Whoa, if you guys' like da Zip Pac from Zips.....try 'em wit' Teri Sauce on da rice!!! Even mo' brok' da mout! I alwayz oda mine li'dat!

kukui_nut
May 27th, 2004, 11:38 AM
mitsuken...
Where is this at?

Glen Miyashiro
May 27th, 2004, 11:58 AM
Where is this at?
Mitsu-Ken is on School Street, about a block diamond head of the Houghtailing intersection. They have killer garlic chicken, but the parking is terrible. Be prepared to wait in line.

helen
May 27th, 2004, 12:50 PM
Had one today from St. Louis Drive Inn. Chicken was on the spicey side.

kukui_nut
May 27th, 2004, 12:51 PM
Mitsu-Ken is on School Street, about a block diamond head of the Houghtailing intersection. They have killer garlic chicken, but the parking is terrible. Be prepared to wait in line. Ooo, thanks, eh.
Definitely gonna try this place. :)

Albert
May 27th, 2004, 01:40 PM
"Had one today from St. Louis Drive Inn."

What was someone who works at HCC doing in the neighborhood of St. Louis Drive Inn on a weekday???

I'm not a bento fan, but maybe I've just never had a good one.

helen
May 27th, 2004, 01:47 PM
Had the day off today. Was launching model rockets for a school and that school gave us bentos for lunch today.

Albert
May 27th, 2004, 03:29 PM
Helen explained:

"Was launching model rockets for a school and that school gave us bentos for lunch today."

One small step ...

lelei
May 31st, 2004, 09:20 AM
My favorite bento stop is Sugoi's in Kalihi. I don't know what the name of the shopping/restaurant complex is, but it's off Dillingham by the canal. I think Young's is also nearby. The prices are reasonable and they give a lot in each bento. Even the mini is plenty! Each regular bento comes with teri beef and a hot dog in addition to whichever meat/fish you choose. I usually get the Mochiko chicken bento and split it w/my children. Yummy!!

skchai
June 10th, 2004, 08:41 PM
For a Japanese-style (as opposed to Local-style) bento, I really go for Imari's near the Samsung Plaza on Keeaumoku. Quantity, quality, packaging, everything. Check this out.

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~sunki/family/image/2004_0606_120714AA.jpg

The one on the left is Ginger Pork, Aji Fry, and Unagi. The one on the right is Wafu (Japanese-style) Hamburger, Tonkatsu Chunks, and Chicken Karaage.

Fernymack
July 20th, 2004, 05:05 AM
For a Japanese-style (as opposed to Local-style) bento, I really go for Imari's near the Samsung Plaza on Keeaumoku. Quantity, quality, packaging, everything. Check this out.

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~sunki/family/image/2004_0606_120714AA.jpg

The one on the left is Ginger Pork, Aji Fry, and Unagi. The one on the right is Wafu (Japanese-style) Hamburger, Tonkatsu Chunks, and Chicken Karaage.
I agree on this one. I must visit when I am back home!!!!!!

adrian
June 24th, 2006, 12:34 PM
Well, here's a review and picture of one of K's bento bento (http://onokinegrindz.typepad.com/ono_kine_grindz/2004/08/bento.html). Pictured, is the deluxe, with shrimp, spam, and other goodies.

Pomai
June 24th, 2006, 12:52 PM
I've tried K's in Waipahu. Not bad. I also like Tanioka's bento (http://www.taniokas.com/bentos.html) . Especially their fish cake patty. That's GOOD stuff.

Tropics at Ward Farmer's market also has excellent "local style" bento and are reasonably-priced. They run out fast though. Marukai next door has good bentos, but they're more authentic Japanese style, which comes at a higher price, just like Shirokiya. Even after 5pm when they mark the stuff down a buck or so.

Actually any bento - good or "just o.k." - tastes WAY BETTER when you eat it at the beach. The ambiance near the ocean somehow can make a a simple musubi and shoyu-flavored hot dog taste like heaven on earth.

jkpescador
June 25th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Ray's Cafe ... sort of like a bigger Zip Pac ...
teri-steak not teri-beef
half a can of spam
chicken
mahi
and rice with furikake ...
I split one with my wife once. ;)
Oh yeah much cheaper than a Zip Pac.

Mike_Lowery
July 12th, 2006, 04:09 PM
Ishihara's in Waimea on Kauai. Butterfish and teri-chicken bento (includes what tasted like a scallop tempura) for only 4.25 USD.

Erika Engle
July 12th, 2006, 05:24 PM
I am "mature" enough (sigh) to remember when Zip Pacs cost less than $3.00. That was a long time ago, nevertheless I was shocked when I saw that they were nearly $7.00 ... and that was awhile back. I have no idea what they cost now.

The food p0rn pix of the bentos from Ward Warehouse and Imari's sure are compelling ... and Sugoi sounds really good.

I just have to say that whenever I hear/read someone say that even the "mini" is enough, I am instantly skeptical. I'm not one of those girls who eats half a bagel and claims to be stuffed -- which only partially explains why I don't work as a supermodel.
:rolleyes:

craigwatanabe
July 12th, 2006, 05:27 PM
I remember when a Big Mac was only 65-cents and we were complaining back then about high prices!

craigwatanabe
July 12th, 2006, 05:28 PM
mitsuken...

My wife's chicken is way better than Mitsuken's. And to think I waited in line for their best.

damontucker
July 12th, 2006, 05:28 PM
I am "mature" enough (sigh) to remember when Zip Pacs cost less than $3.00. That was a long time ago, nevertheless I was shocked when I saw that they were nearly $7.00 ... and that was awhile back. I have no idea what they cost now.

The food p0rn pix of the bentos from Ward Warehouse and Imari's sure are compelling ... and Sugoi sounds really good.

I just have to say that whenever I hear/read someone say that even the "mini" is enough, I am instantly skeptical. I'm not one of those girls who eats half a bagel and claims to be stuffed -- which only partially explains why I don't work as a supermodel.
:rolleyes:
eh - I saw you on TV dis year at the Taste of Honolulu...

You can eat... but you don't hold it! Besides... I know where you went HS... and you skinnier than everyone in your class!

You look great... Manoa wondering... hey... why you not a supermodel?

I know... cause you get brains ;)

Erika Engle
July 12th, 2006, 05:37 PM
Aw, shucks Manoa.

I stay small-kine blushing now!

craigwatanabe
July 12th, 2006, 05:46 PM
Aw, shucks Manoa.

I stay small-kine blushing now!

Not...big kine blushing eh sistah? ;)

Erika Engle
July 12th, 2006, 05:49 PM
Not...big kine blushing eh sistah? ;)
Well, considering the "generous" size of my face, I guess I shoulda said "BIG KINE" blushing.
:D

That said, my green dot's about to turn pale blue, as I gotta cook dinner now!

G'night ... TTYL

craigwatanabe
July 12th, 2006, 05:52 PM
Well, considering the "generous" size of my face, I guess I shoulda said "BIG KINE" blushing.
:D

That said, my green dot's about to turn pale blue, as I gotta cook dinner now!

G'night ... TTYL


Okay now go make more dakine chicken and go make for one good evening. Remember...Yoshida's Gourmet Sauce. Pick some up at Safeway on the way home! :)

Pomai
April 6th, 2007, 09:58 AM
My wonderful girlfriend brought me this for lunch at work yesterday...

http://www.96seven44.com/images/marukaimisoyakibfishbento.jpg
Misoyaki Butterfish, Nishime and Sekihan (mochi rice with Azuki Beans) bento from Marukai at Ward Farmer's Market, $6.79.

The Nishime wasn't cooked long enough, as the vegetables were still a bit hard, but that Misoyaki Butterfish was just AWESOME. It looks kinda' small in the photo, but it was actually a really thick cut. The fatty skin part just melted in the mouth. Oishii desu.

One thing I love about bento lunches is eating them at room temperature. It's like being at the beach. ;)

Marukai has an in-house Okazu-ya shop now, so there's pretty much as good a selection as Shirokiya at around the same prices. I've never been there late enough to know when they start marking them down though. Shirokiya marks the bentos down after 7pm now.

Yearly membership fee at Marukai is just $10. A must if you love Japanese food (like me!).

oceanpacific
April 6th, 2007, 10:47 AM
I've been going to FUKUYA in Moiliili every so often for nearly four decades since my UH-Manoa days to create my "pick-your-own" okazuya bentos. Musubi, mac salad, cone sushi, hash patty, shoyu chicken, mahimahi, char siu pork, sweet potato tempura, and BBQ beef among my favorite items. :D

Pomai
April 6th, 2007, 11:01 AM
I've been going to FUKUYA in Moiliili every so often for nearly four decades since my UH-Manoa days to create my "pick-your-own" okazuya bentos. Musubi, mac salad, cone sushi, hash patty, shoyu chicken, mahimahi, char siu pork, sweet potato tempura, and BBQ beef among my favorite items. :DFukuya is excellent, but like every Okazuya, can add up if you want lots of variety. Unlike preselected bentos that already include a little of each at a set price.

Case in point this Fukuya plate...
http://www.96seven44.com/images/fukuyabento.jpg
All this was certainly oishii, but also costed $10.

vs. this preselected Bento from Tropics...
http://www.96seven44.com/images/sababento.jpg
Pretty good variety, and just as satisfying and filling, yet only set me back $3.75.

cynsaligia
April 6th, 2007, 05:02 PM
best japanese style bento is definitely imari on keeaumoku across from wal mart but their hours of operation aren't always dependable. i suggest the salmon bento with the takana rice..mmmm!

sugoi's bento IS huge and yummy. eric and i were superfat after we shared one.

zippy's is overpriced and it's not even real mahi anymore.

i eat entirely too much. :(

oceanpacific
April 6th, 2007, 05:44 PM
K's-Bento-Ya in Waipahu. The small one for $4.25, I believe, is filling. It used to be only $3.90.

It contains:

one plain musubi;
three pieces of pressed sushi;
small corned beef hash patty;
1/2 shoyu hot dog;
1/2 tofu tempura;
three pieces boneless cayenne chicken.

The chicken is deep-fried, has a shoyu-based glaze, and is very tasty.

We've ordered these for UH football tailgates when we're too lazy to cook.

Da Rolling Eye
April 7th, 2007, 07:50 AM
For local kine bento, we usually go all the way to St. Louis Drive In and order their "supreme" bento or go next door to order okazu. For Japanese style bento, we don't find much difference between the offerings and prices of the major Japanese dept. stores. We just go to whomever is closest, usually Pearl City Don Quijote or Dillingham Marukai. There's a place at the 99 Ranch Market food court that sells bentos, but we found them to be very mediocre to just plain junk for our tastes. Even Mel didn't like their food so that has to account for something. ;)

OahuGirl
April 7th, 2007, 08:26 AM
I read about this place and their award winning bentos here: http://www.aroundhawaii.com/lifestyle/around_town/2007-04_finger_garlickin_good_-_sugoi_bento_and_catering.html
Going there today. I will give my input after...:p

alohabear
April 9th, 2007, 11:48 AM
Here's a Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/bentoboxes/) dedicated to Bentos. Gotta love them!

anapuni808
April 9th, 2007, 07:09 PM
For those of you downtown, there is a new place at Remington College Bldg called "Sora" - their bentos are real Japanese style - lots of variety and good tasting. Prices are between $6-$8. Prepared fresh as you order them so you get fresh hot rice & other ingredients. They also have some noodles and other bowls on the menu. They've only been open a couple of weeks but are doing a really good business at lunchtime. They are located on the lower courtyard level.

There is also a Vietnamese place on the lower level called "Pho Twin Bento" that has some good bentos - my favorite is the salmon, and then next would be the ginger chicken. They only bring in a limited number of bentos so sometimes are sold out. But, they're fresh and very tasty.

808shooter
April 10th, 2007, 12:47 AM
For a Japanese-style (as opposed to Local-style) bento, I really go for Imari's near the Samsung Plaza on Keeaumoku. Quantity, quality, packaging, everything. Check this out.

http://www2.hawaii.edu/~sunki/family/image/2004_0606_120714AA.jpg

The one on the left is Ginger Pork, Aji Fry, and Unagi. The one on the right is Wafu (Japanese-style) Hamburger, Tonkatsu Chunks, and Chicken Karaage.
the japanese style hamburger with that ponzu sauce on it is killer. too bad they stopped offering the potato croquet - another of my favorites. they will never catch on though, the service is suuuuper slow. which is fine by me. if it gets too busy it will go the way of Zippys. for that matter - Sugoi's used to be awsome, it's slipped in the last few years. I guess that's what mass production does to quality.