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Oahu's Best Cheap Eats

These casual restaurants, shrimp carts, and roadside diners are local favorites.
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Overview:  These casual restaurants, shrimp carts, and roadside diners are local favorites.

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This informal joint in a residential neighborhood east of Waikiki is a takeout favorite.
 
Kelvin Ro used to cook at the governor’s mansion; now he serves dishes that pay homage to Hawaiian plate lunch classics such as teriyaki beef and char siu pork, along with occasional diversions like portobello mushroom burgers, grilled tuna steak with... More

What A luncheonette with surfboards on the wall, and sandwiches made with fish right out of the sea.

Owner Terry Thompson’s shop now has branches in Tokyo; only at the original location, however, are you guaranteed island-grown ingredients.

Don't miss: The enormous charbroiled burgers topped with slices of fresh avocado or pineapple are popular ... More

One of the last drive-in restaurants in Honolulu, its parking lot is often filled with vans topped with surfboards. Rainbow is a favorite pit stop of beachcombers in flip-flops and office workers hoping to catch some rays on their lunch break.

Since 1961, the Ifuku family has owned and run this drive-in that serves traditional American favorites ... More

4. Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp

What A flaming-red shrimp shack, in Kahuku, near the Turtle Bay Resort, Romy’s serves up its signature giant prawns wok-seared in butter with generous chunks of toasted garlic—it’s a vampire-free zone.

The Aguinaldo family has run Romy’s for more than a decade and the adjacent aquaculture ponds for 15 years.

Don't miss: End your meal with a... More

An aquamarine-paneled truck parked in a palm-shaded gravel lot across the road from the eponymous cove, this propane-powered galley kitchen serves taro burgers and chicken salad to ravenous boarders who hang ten in nearby Waimea Bay.

Chef (and surfer) Willy Asprey raided his mother’s recipes for the Grill’s pesto shrimp skewers, and his grilled... More

On an island where space is the prized commodity, strange couplings occur. Like karaoke and fried chicken. Side Street Inn, a chef’s hangout in Honolulu, has come into local fame (which is spreading since Anthony Bourdain stopped by in 2009) for its frying rap sheet.

The big kahuna is the fried pork chops. The filler is the kimchi fried rice.... More

This family-owned shop in Sunset Beach is splashed with a deep-sea graffiti mural that looks as if it could have been painted by the Little Mermaid on acid.

The Nakamuras serve solid renditions of fish sandwiches and bento boxes of chicken katsu or teriyaki beef.

Don't miss: It’s the silky chocolate pudding–coconut cream pie that keeps customers... More