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“Pork was greasy and servings were not hearty, but dessert was good.”

King's Hawaiian The Local Place Bakery & Cafe
Ranked #1 of 5 Dessert in Gardena
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Santa Ana, California
Level 6 Contributor
550 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
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“Pork was greasy and servings were not hearty, but dessert was good.”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

We were three adults and two children and we hungered for something we remembered from our Honolulu vacation, so we thought we would give The Local Place a try. Although this listing here says it is in Gardena, the little free menu lists their address (same street address) is actually in Torrance. No big deal, of course. We three adults each got a different entree with three selections and we shared with the kids. My wife had the LauLau and that had pork in it. In the combination dinner that she ordered was pork, as well, so we were able to try in both ways. Greasy, but flavorful. My fried chicken (Hawaii style) was a complete disappointment. The sauce on the Teriyaki chicken tasted as if it far too much sugar in it . . .calling it "sugar chicken" would be a better description. All in all, I cannot say we loved the dinner. Now, the desserts are another thing. They looked wonderful in the glass case, and my wife loved the coconut "stick". This is a casual place, and maybe we just ordered the wrong things.

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“The selection is not as...”
Reviewed April 27, 2009

The selection is not as extensive as King's Hawaiian Restaurant.

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“good for breakfast on the go... no drive-thru though.”
Reviewed July 12, 2008

good for breakfast on the go... no drive-thru though.

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“Cheaper and more casual...”
Reviewed February 18, 2008

Cheaper and more casual than most sit-down Hawaiian places in the South Bay, but not grimy like the places you find in strip malls. My go-to place for local food.

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“Smaller version of Kings...”
Reviewed January 21, 2008

Smaller version of Kings Hawaiian. Love the cakes!

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