MostBest Honolulu | Plate Lunches

It could take you hours to decide which plate lunch restaurant is the best. Feeling overwhelmed? MostBest knows the Top 3.

There’s no meal more authentically Hawaiian than a plate lunch. With all sorts of seafood selections, a range of rice, and meats galore, you don’t want to miss the best of Honolulu.


via Flickr user John Liu

via Flickr user John Liu

Pan-Asian and Japanese influences are mixed with Hawaii’s signature preparations to create combo plates of filling and delicious foods. Rainbow Drive-In has been serving up this quintessential meal at ridiculously affordable prices for the past 50 years, and their menu is jammed with delicious variations. You’ll find the Mix Plate overflowing with rich BBQ, fresh mahi, and mouth-watering boneless chicken, as well as other favorites, all accompanied with two scoops of rice and either creamy mac salad or refreshing slaw. 

We Love The: Mix Plate, Pork Long Rice Plate, BBQ Ahi Plate

3308 Kanaina Ave
(808) 737-0177


via Flickr user Emily Leung

via Flickr user Emily Leung

A recipient of the James Beard Award, Helena’s Hawaiian eatery has been serving delicious and authentic Hawaiian food since 1946 to hungry islanders. This family-run business is as close as you will get to home cooked food outside of your nana’s kitchen! Humbly prepared, Helena’s is a no brainer when you’re looking to indulge in some good old fashioned comfort foods served family style.

We Love The: Pipikaula Ribs, Squid Luau, Kalua Pork, Fried Butterfish

1240 N School St
(808) 845-8044


via Flickr user takaokun

via Flickr user takaokun

With reasonable prices and large portions, Pioneer Saloon proves to be a fun, casual, and kid-friendly place great for family outings and friendly hangouts. The cuisine is a fusion of Japanese and Hawaiian food, with an eclectic array of items such as prime rib, curry, chicken, pork, and daily fish specials on the menu. The plates come with your choice of pasta salad, green salad, and a few different rice options like white, brown, red bean and shiso (seaweed).

We Love The: Pork Hamburger Katsu, Spare Ribs, Ramen Burger

3046 Monsarrat Ave
(808) 732-4001
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