So here's the list I gave her. Keep in mind that this is down-home, "onolicious" Hawaii comfort food at its finest--think "Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives". Don't go for the "Hawaiian Fusion, " date-night ambiance, or even indoor dining (in some cases). That is the realm of sit-down restaurants and an entirely different list.
2) Zippy's, for 'chain' plate lunch and chili 3) Grace's especially since it's next to Dave's ice cream and the Marujyu Market (where you can get fresh Hawaiian food--lau-lau, lomi salmon, long rice...but I digress) 4) Elena's in Waipahu, 5) Giovanni's Shrimp Truck 6) Ichiban in Wailuku, Maui and
7) Hamura Saimin in Lihue, Kauai.
Click here for locations, phone numbers, and our very non-scientific assessment. They must be doing something right because every time we go there they are still in business and bustling!