Diner that opened in 1952 serves 52-cent plates

A La Carte

June 2, 2019

Story By: Caroline Wright |

Loco Moco ($12.83 regular). File photos

When L&L Dairy opened in 1932, owners Robert and Ida Lee couldn’t have dreamed that their little Waimanalo operation would someday grow into a cultural phenomenon. With more than 200 locations, L&L’s Hawaiian-style barbecue is now beloved in cities from Anchorage to Tokyo.

The popular Loco Moco ($8.37 mini; $12.83 regular) is just one of the plates that have attracted hearty appetites to L&L for decades, since Eddie Flores and Johnson Kam bought the chain in 1976. Fresh and cooked to order, the delicious hamburger patty is smothered with gravy and topped with a fried egg. Finish with a slice of pie from Ted’s Bakery provided from its shop on the North Shore.

Chicken Katsu (part of 52-cent deal)

As graduation season approaches, L&L is gearing up for island catering jobs.

“We offer a variety of local favorites, like chicken katsu and kalua pork, for events of any size,” says director of marketing Brandon Dela Cruz. “They’re perfect for graduation.”


On Tuesday, June 18, to commemorate the opening of its first drive-inn in 1952, L&L’s Keeamoku Street location will offer 52-cent plate lunches. Between 10 a.m. and noon, treat yourself to Kalua Pork with Cabbage, Chicken Katsu, or Hamburger Steak for just 52 cents; add a Pepsi fountain drink for just 10 cents more! Last year, 1,500 people celebrated the delicious event. All proceeds benefit Goodwill Industries of Hawaii.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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