A Local Twist on Burgers

Ali Carte Columns

October 13, 2013

Story By: Ali Resich |

For many patrons here in the Islands, a plate lunch indulgence from L&L Hawaiian Barbecue can serve as a time portal, transporting comfort-food seekers back to childhood with just one whiff of fresh classics such as chicken katsu or loco mocos.

Given that the local franchise has been woven into Hawaii’s dining culture since the 1970s, it’s no surprise that L&L’s fusion of Hawaiian and Asian-American flavors has earned it an irreplaceable spot in countless diners’ hearts.

In addition to a wide range of local faves, the establishment’s menu consists of new items that keep its selection oh-so-exciting. Just this month, L&L is introducing the Hawaiian Hamburger (prices vary) featuring a breaded hamburger patty prepared katsu-style with panko breadcrumbs.

This perfect marriage between juicy burgers and crispy katsu begs one question only: Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?

At participating locations such as the Keeaumoku Street, Iwilei and Airport Trade Center branches, this brilliant creation is served two ways. Go for Hawaiian Hamburger sandwiched between a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and a touch of Thousand Island dressing, or plate lunch-style with brown gravy, two scoops of rice and a helping of creamy macaroni salad.

Hawaiian Hamburger shines with comforting flavors in both preparations and is a must for anyone in search of a unique dish. It’s been popular so far, so much so that L&L Hawaiian Barbecue president and CEO Eddie Flores Jr. recently stated in a press release that “the Hawaiian Hamburger tastes better than an In-N-Out burger (a popular West Coast burger chain).”

Food lovers will have to see for themselves if they can match Flores’ adoration for the new item, and making a scrumptious visit to L&L is the only way to find out!

Photos courtesy of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Various locations
Check out hawaiianbarbecue.com for more information on participating locations

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