Seven decades of authentic island cuisineA La Carte
November 17, 2019
Story By: Brandon Bosworth | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Young’s Fish Market has been serving up local foods with a strong Hawaiian influence since 1951. The eatery has two locations — Honolulu’s City Square, and a second, recently opened restaurant in Kapolei Commons.
Wilfred and Charlotte Young launched the original Young’s Fish Market on Liliha Street, and, true to the name, it was primarily a fish market. Over the years, the Youngs began offering Chinese and then Hawaiian cuisine. Their grandson, company president Daniel Young, is now maintaining their commitment to quality. The restaurant has remained family owned and operated for three generations.
The secret to Young’s enduring popularity is, of course, the food. Consider its unique spin on the now-ubiquitous poke bowl. The Hawaiian Poke Bowl ($14.25) comes with choice of ahi shoyu poke, spicy ahi poke or lomi ahi. For 25 cents more, diners can opt for ahi limu kohu poke. In addition to the poke, the bowl comes with a choice of mini pork laulau or kalua pig, lomi salmon and rice.
Craving comfort food? The Beef Stew Plate ($12.75) is a simple, straightforward combination of beef stew, mac salad, rice or poi.
For those who are really hungry, the Combination Plate with Pork ($19.25) can satisfy even the biggest appetites. This meal is overflowing with pork laulau, kalua pig, lomi salmon, pipikaula, sweet potato and a choice of poi or rice. Other combination plate options include chicken ($19.25), butterfish ($22.25) or beef ($21.25).
In addition to plates and bowls, Young’s offers a wide variety of side dishes, including such favorites as Chicken Long Rice ($4.25), Tripe Stew ($5.25) and Squid Luau ($5).