What is Hawaiian Barbecue?
Inspired from the islands of Hawaii, Hawaiian Barbecue(SM) is L&L’s brand of unique fusion of Asian and American dishes prepared with a unique island flare. The eclectic flavors of Hawaiian Barbecue(SM) are synonymous with the cultural cornucopia that Hawaii is famous for. The delicious treat from the Hawaiian Islands that locals and visitors to Hawaii have known for years is derived from the Hawaiian plate lunch – the comfort food of the islands.
The term, Hawaiian Barbecue(SM) was first coined by Eddie Flores, Jr., founder of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue®. Flores, along with his partner Johnson Kam, built a reputation of serving fresh plate lunches, in generous portions, and low prices across Hawaii. In the late 90’s, they took their L&L brand of plate lunches to the mainland as L&L Hawaiian Barbecue®, igniting an intense national buzz for the iconic food of Hawaii. Countless mainland transplants that once called Hawaii their home have driven for miles to savor L&L Hawaiian Barbecue’s® signature dishes. Many of them have found the same satisfaction from the food in the mainland as they did in Hawaii.
The traditional Hawaiian plate lunch consists of two servings of rice, a serving of macaroni salad, and features a generous serving of a hot entrée. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue® plate lunches are famous for its large portion sizes, freshness, and unique blend of tastes found in dishes like Chicken katsu (breaded chicken w/special dipping sauce), “Loco Moco” (hamburger patties, two eggs, & gravy), and mahi mahi (w/tartar sauce). L&L Hawaiian Barbecue’s® plate lunches are also infused with an “ingredient” unique to the islands – the warm spirit of Aloha. Additionally, their satisfaction is accompanied by a pleasant revival of their memories and sentiment for the islands.
Born and raised in Hawaii, L&L has spread its Hawaiian Barbecue(SM) brand of Hawaiian plate lunches across the United States with over 175 locations in 10 states including California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Utah, New York, and Hawaii! Today, L&L holds the title as the “Original Hawaiian Barbecue®” and has been voted #1 in Hawaii for many consecutive years. L&L maintains its operations in the same Hawaiian Islands it has called its home since the beginning. If you’re ready to make your taste buds do the hula, we welcome you to try our delicious selections at an L&L Hawaiian Barbecue® near you!