Whether you have ample time to linger over lunch with friends and colleagues or need to rush back to work, you need a fortifying meal to help you make it through the rest of your day. In Hawaii, the hip dining scene offers cuisine from across the globe to fill you up at lunch, with something really tasty. From Hawaiian fast food chains to super-local spots for poke bowls, diners will be able to find the best meal at lunchtime.
Here, you can buy poke bowls by the pound and feel confident that Ahi Assassins uses only locally caught fish. On the menu at Ahi Assassins, hungry diners will find fresh poke bowls with flavorings such as spicy Hawaiian, Hawaiian-style limu, and shoyu garlic. Hot dishes and smoked fish are also available on the menu.
Gina’s is a family-run eatery that is great for Korean plate lunch. Their most popular order is the Gina’s Special, which comes with barbecue chicken, bulgogi, rice, and vegetables. If you don’t feel like chicken, numerous other plate lunches are available, and these all have a generous serving of rice and four sides. Other than Gina’s Special, try the barbecue beef, hot fried chicken wings, or squash jun.
Perfect for a busy day at the office, Andy’s Sandwiches accepts call ahead orders, so you can pick up your lunch and head back to the office. Using freshly-baked bread, Andy’s Sandwiches serves up options such as tuna, turkey, and roast beef sandwiches in a ton of different varieties. Hot sandwiches, soups, and salads are also on the menu, and don’t forget to wash your meal down with one of their famous tropical smoothies.
Zippy’s is a super popular Hawaiian fast food eatery that has been in business for over 50 years. They are particularly well-known for their chili, but they have such a huge variety of dishes that diners will certainly find something for lunch. Just a few items that you’ll find on the menu include chicken katsu, cheeseburger, fried noodles, Korean chicken plate, and pupu platters.
Da Kitchen aims to serve local, Hawaiian food at a reasonable price. On the menu, you’ll find pupu platters, salads, and sandwiches, but if you are visiting at lunchtime, you’ll definitely want to order their plate lunches which come with white rice and a side. Plate lunch options are affordable and several are available including a Lau Lau plate, teriyaki beef, and chicken katsu. Da Kitchen also offers gluten free meals on the menu.
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Hot dogs are a super-fast yet filling lunch option, and Hank’s is the best spot for hot dogs on the island. Hank’s sets itself apart with its high-quality sausages used to create traditional dogs such as Chicago dogs and chili dogs or dogs with unexpected flavors. Only on the menu at Hanks’ you’ll find lobster dogs, rabbit sausage dogs, and even buffalo meat dogs!
For both lunch and dinner, Kyung’s Seafood serves very fresh sashimi and poke. Numerous lunch specials are available too, so you can enjoy local favorites such as barbecue chicken and poke, lau lau poke, fried salmon, and more. Dine in the relaxed atmosphere on fresh food and you’ll certainly feel ready to take on the rest of your day.
Sometimes a long morning calls for a massive, steaming bowl of pho for lunch. Ha Long Pho is an excellent option for a delicious soup packed with noodles and meat. They offer 15 different options of pho plus egg noodle soup, Vietnamese salads, and numerous other flavorful items that make for a fast yet filling lunch. They are now offering banh mi, which are perfect if you need to eat on the go.
Helena’s Hawaiian Food has been serving the best lunches and dinners since 1946. With a focus on traditional Hawaiian food, Helena’s serves hungry locals and tourists flavorful kalua pig, beef stew, ribs, poke, and more. Sides complete the flavorful mains and several set menus bundle the dishes into stick to your ribs meals.
Bento boxes make the perfect quick yet healthy meal whether you have time to linger over lunch or need to rush back to work. Kokoro Tei serves 12 different bento box options at a variety of flavorful prices. The Norikara Bento is packed with white rice, bonito flakes, nori, daikon, fried seafood, chicken karaage, and more and that is just one of the bento box options! Daily specials are also available if you feel like trying something new.