Two Scoops Rice in Hawaiian Style BBQ Plate Lunch

Chicken katsu
Chicken katsu

Hungry for Plate Lunch

In Hawaii, lunch time usually means heading down to the local L & L Hawaiian Barbeque and getting a plate lunch.

There are a variety of meats available including pork, chicken, beef, fish or curry.

The portions are enough to satisfy a Polynesian appetite and usually comes with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad.

If you are very health conscious, you can trade one scoop of rice for a vegetable salad or coleslaw. The meat is served on a nest of grated cabbage and comes with soya sauce, tartar sauce or a lemon depending on the meat.

Actually L & L is one of my favorite places to eat in Hawaii, and chicken katsu would be may favorite choice on the menu.

L & L Hawaiian Barbecue became so popular that islands lovers in other states and other areas of world. It is now found in Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, American Samoa and New Zealand.

Hawaiian laulau

One plate lunch available at L & L the Hawaiian Plate. It is a Hawaiian tradition. It includes hefty pork chuck wrapped in taro leaf and is a favorite of the locals. It is served with smoked pork.

If you have a hard time deciding which meat you want to eat, never fear, the Hawaiian BBQ Mix is here. It includes barbequed chicken, short ribs and beef.

Like seafood, try the Seafood mix. It includes fried shrimp & Mahi Mahi (delicious white-meat fish). It is onolicious (delicious)!


For those that are anemic, or for those who need some energy, there is the Loco Moco (otherwise known as the heart attack). It consists of hamburger patties placed over rice afterwards covered with brown gravy and then topped with two eggs.

Two Scoops Rice

As you can see, rice is an important staple in Hawaii. The founder of L & L is Eddie Flores, Jr. The plate lunches share the aloha of the islands with Asians, Polynesians and all the diverse cultures of the islands.

Recently, a Mega million jackpot winning lottery ticket was sold at an L & L Hawaiian Barbecue.

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The founders of L&L Drive-Inn were Eddie Flores, Jr., and Johnson Kam. They established the first diner in 1976 on Liliha Stree in Honolulu, Hawaii. Even though it was tough at first, they remained optimistic and worked hard.

The entrepreneurs made the decision to expand in 1988. They had earned a reputation for serving fresh generous food at low prices and became very successful in Hawaii.

They expanded to the mainland, first in California in 1999. They repackaged the franchise as L&L Hawaiian Barbecue.  There are currently 200 plus L&L Hawaiian Barbeques.

In Hawaii, plate lunch is a tradition. It is a mixture of Asian and American cuisine which helped it to become widely sought after.

Each L&L restaurant has a decentralized system of ownership. They have brightly colored restaurants with Hawaii scenic views displayed.

The chain has earned many awards and impressive rankings in national magazines.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Oh ok! Thanks! This is a very "Ono" hub! =D aloha


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

To say yummy in Hawaiian you say "ono" !


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Yeah, it just makes me hungry looking at the pic when I already ate! :) thanks for the yummy hub, if I ever go to Hawaii I'll be sure to try it! Yum! How do you say yummy in Hawaiian? Aloha


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Chicken katsu is the bomb - so good, especially when you are hungry! It always hits the spot. Thanks peacegirl101.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

SO YUMMY!!!! MAKES ME HUNGRY!!! Ha this hub makes me so hungry i am going to go grab a bite to eat, BYE!!! :) yummy hub!!

p.s. i love chicken that chicken katsu looks so good...........yum.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

@G L Strout - Hope you can come to the islands - otherwise L&L might make it to where you are.

@kaltopsyd - Me too. I like the katsu chicken best. They have a yummy sauce for it.

@LianaK - L&L in Utah - that is great. Yes, calories seem to be in all great food, but once in a while . . .


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LianaK 6 years ago

L & L finally made it's way down to Utah. Love to go but didn't realize how many calories are in my favorite recipes. Thanks for the wonderful post. Good times, good food.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

That dish looks good. Mm, I'm hungry. :D


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Ok, thisis on my list of must haves whenever I can make it to the islands! Thank you for sharing.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad I made you hungry. It is pretty tasty! Thanks Pamela.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Elayne, Everything looks fabulous and now I am starved! The food is interesting to say the least. This is a wonderful hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

@jill of alltrades - Flores could definitely be Filipino. I am not really sure, but you can claim him since he is so successful in his L&L business.

msorensson - Once you've had L&L Barbecue, you don't quickly forget. It is comfort foot fo' sure.

drbj - maybe you could open a L&L franchise in Florida and then you could have it every day.

Hello, hello, So glad you enjoyed the L&L Barbecue hub and I try to always be true when I make these hubs, at least true to what I know. Thanks and Aloha.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank for such lovely hub especially the last paragraph was wonderful and true.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Mahalo, Elayne.

Do you think L&L might someday bring their restaurant to Florida? Barbecue is my favorite and I would love to try it Hawaiian style. Aloha.


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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh.. I remember very well. Thanks!! I love that you included the nutritional information, elayne.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Hmmm, this sounds great! Rice is a staple food too here in the Philippines.

Is Eddie Flores Filipino in origin? His name sounds Filipino.

Thanks for sharing elayne!

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