Having spent a couple of summers in Kona with my godchild who was born and raised there I was quickly and often at the Kona restuarant which Is the original of a very long chain. It was the home kitchen of locals. Great Hawaiian food with no airs, but food like home if your home had a great Hawaian mom who did nothing but cook you good solid food.
So I was excited when I saw the L&L open up in a strip mall in Portland and have eaten there twice.. Alas, it's a very small version of it; small place, small meneu, no holding pans of all variety of Island food. Just a very fast food version of it. No mom, but two or three young people doing all the chores from taking your order, cooiking, and occasionaly cleaning the place. The place is pretty dirty and my godson refused to take his three year old into the bathroom because he said it was 'disgusting'. Now, the original is not all that pretty but it averages out in Kona. Here in a Portland strip mall it just comes off as people who aren't on top of it.
The food is cooked to order so it's not fast food. but it comes out in about ten min.The limited menu does a pretty decent rendition of Lau, Lau, Korean ribs, and Mac salads. The fish is typical and the Kantatsu was well cooked but their sauce comes from another planet - and that's not a compliment. Since the plating is foam containers and plastic silverware it is an inexpensive menu, plus they have great pricing on their daily specials - were talking $5-8 for a light meal..It's a good take-out lunch in the area; a home or a place to remember about good times on the Islands, it isn't.
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