Recently, friends were in town from the mainland and wanted to try Hawaiian food. I read about Ono Hawaiian Foods before and saw them on a few television shows, so I decided we would try it. Having lived on Oahu for eight months now, I have to say I thought the food was rather good. I am always partial to kalua pork, which reminds me of pulled pork from Georgia, the Carolinas, etc. where I lived before. The dish here was tasty and even better with the vinegar sauce on the table. One friend had a whole sample platter for about $16.00 with pork lau lau, pipikaula, kimchee, poi, and haupia!!! If you don't know what any of those dishes are you definitely need to try them out while in the islands. Briefly though, lau lau can come with butterfish, pork, or chicken, and the protein is cooked in banana leaves, pipikaula is fried pork kind of like a beef jerky, kimchee is Korean, fermented cabbage, poi is pounded taro which is definitely an acquired taste, and haupia is a coconut custard jelly that you eat for dessert. I had the chicken lau lau, which reminded me of the chicken in chicken soup. It was very moist and tasty. I also love kimchee and haupia, which the lady brought us an extra order. All were solid!
The place is a total dive, and you are suppose to stand outside to wait for a table. We went on a Thursday afternoon around 11:30, and we did not wait at all. The place is cash only, so be prepared. If you forget to bring cash, like we did, there is a Bank of Hawaii with an outdoor atm diagonal across the street. There is only street parking, so that can be tough, but if you drive around a bit you are bound to find a space.
It is worth checking out to get some local, Hawaiian food which is otherwise hard to find on the island unless you have a local cook it for you! So grab a quick, cheap, good lunch at Ono!
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