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    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.
    How'd I get so white and nerdy?

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    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.
    Last edited by helen; May 22nd, 2004 at 07:17 PM.

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    For the real deal, Okata Bento in Kaimuki. Here's a KHNL segment 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.

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    mitsuken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by easTTriver
    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!


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    Exclamation Re: Best bento

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by easTTriver
    mitsuken...
    Where is this at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kukui_nut
    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.

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    Had one today from St. Louis Drive Inn. Chicken was on the spicey side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    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.

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    "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.

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    Had the day off today. Was launching model rockets for a school and that school gave us bentos for lunch today.

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    Helen explained:

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

    One small step ...

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    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!!

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    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.



    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skchai
    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.



    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!!!!!!
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    Well, here's a review and picture of one of K's bento bento. Pictured, is the deluxe, with shrimp, spam, and other goodies.
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    I've tried K's in Waipahu. Not bad. I also like Tanioka's bento . 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.
    Last edited by Pomai; June 24th, 2006 at 02:14 PM. Reason: Trimmed the fat from my mento bento posting

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    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.

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    Ishihara's in Waimea on Kauai. Butterfish and teri-chicken bento (includes what tasted like a scallop tempura) for only 4.25 USD.

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    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.
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    I remember when a Big Mac was only 65-cents and we were complaining back then about high prices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by easTTriver
    mitsuken...
    My wife's chicken is way better than Mitsuken's. And to think I waited in line for their best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erika Engle
    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.
    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

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    Aw, shucks Manoa.

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