Powering One’s Work WeekInside Feature
August 12, 2018
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is recognized in Hawaii and around the world for its dedication to serving up local comfort food favorites, and it continues to roll out new facets to the ever-popular plate lunch.
The restaurant chain has flourished throughout its 40-plus year history and continues to build on its simple yet effective concept of crafting plates with two hearty scoops of rice, a serving of macaroni salad and one’s choice of a fresh catch, chicken or alternative protein option to complete the entree.
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is bolstering the plate lunch game via its new Mixplate by L&L Hawaii concept.
The Mixplate selections now are available at L&L’s First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) building location on Ward Avenue, and the “deconstructed plate lunch” idea allows diners to choose from multiple entrees as well as sides and starches prepared fresh daily. The restaurant is on the building’s fifth floor, and offers a cafeteria-style setting with ample seating and a clean, welcoming atmosphere.
Daily specials include flavorful options like Beef Tomato ($9.50), which includes large pieces of tender, stewed beef in a thick, zesty sauce. Guests also can look out for daily specials including papaya chicken, jambalaya and stuffed chicken with mushrooms (prices vary) — the possibilities abound.
The traditional L&L menu also features longtime favorites including Loco Moco ($9.95 regular, $7.95 mini) with two hamburger patties and two eggs prepared any style, BBQ Chicken ($9.50 regular, $7.50 mini), a lean and flavorful option, and Chicken Katsu ($9.50 regular, $7.50 mini), the popular breaded and fried choice served with a signature sauce. These and other plates come with two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.
Franchise owner Greg Arcibal explains that his customer base includes employees from nearby offices, including FICOH building, Straub Medical Center, Honolulu Police Department and Board of Water Supply. The restaurateur is glad to be home as, after attending Kailua High School, he moved away to Texas and Colorado for 32 years before returning to open his L&L franchise in November of 2017.
“Customers can walk over and enjoy a great breakfast or lunch, it’s very convenient,” says Arcibal. “Some guests have said that ‘L&L is going healthy now!’ as we offer all sorts of great breakfast options including chia bowls, fruit bowls, quinoa bowls and even oatmeal. The avocado toast is very popular, too.”
Catering also is available and Arcibal notes that customers can pick up orders from the restaurant, as well as request off-site assistance with set-up and delivery. Call the restaurant at 840-0505 or visit hawaiianbarbecue.com/ catering to inquire about quantities and special order items.
“I’m here to meet the needs of our customers, and the flexibility offered with my kitchen allows for customized catering orders,” says Arcibal. “We recently received a catering order for chicken and asparagus as part of one order, and roast pork with gravy and mashed potatoes in another, and we were able to fulfill the guests’ needs.”