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Get all your faves in one place

A La Carte

July 25, 2021

Story By: Dining Out Team | Photos by: HAWAII’S FAVORITE KITCHENS

Shimazu shave ice ($6, small)

It’s seven years and counting for Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens, which is conveniently located right next door to another local mainstay — the original Rainbow Drive-In.

“You can get a taste of a wide variety of foods that represent Hawaii,” says owner Chris Iwamura. “The inspiration for HFK was to create a place that highlighted and served different local favorites in one place.”

Fans of Rainbow Drive-In, Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens’ sister company, will enjoy the HFK Mix Plate ($11.75). It comes with your choice of one Rainbow Drive-In entrée and Rainbow’s rotisserie chicken, as well as poke, all over a bed of rice. Expect a scoop of mac salad and steamed veggies to accompany the feast.

Hearty helpings of local staples grace the menu at Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens

“(It’s a) great way to try different items on one plate,” says Iwamura.

The KC Waffle Dog ($3.95), meanwhile, is a simple local favorite. This item features a hot dog coated with a slightly sweet batter and cooked in a waffle iron until the edges are crispy. It’s served with a side of special yellow sauce.

Favoring something sweet? Opt for a Shimazu shave ice ($6, small) that comes with three flavor choices. It’s the perfect way to end a meal or cool off after a day at the beach or long hike.

There’s so much variety to choose from, but ask Iwamura what his go-to is, and he knows right off the bat.

“I personally enjoy our poke bowls,” he says. “My favorite pokes are the Garlic Ahi Poke and our new Korean Shrimp Poke.”

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