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Honolulu's favorite plate lunch near our Waikiki Vacation Rentals
Posted by Unknown | Friday, September 5, 2014


If you get hungry while staying at our Waikiki Vacation rentals then take a short walk and try Honolulu's favorite plate lunch restaurant: Rainbow Drive-In!   Located at 3308 Kanaina Avenue at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue, it's just up the street from the Honolulu Zoo and across the street from the Ala Wai Golfcourse.

They open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It's been a local favorite restaurant for over 50 years and recently won a Honolulu Pulse Award for #1 Plate Lunch.   Also, Rainbow Drive-In was featured on Food Network's show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives".

courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In

For breakfast you can get Hawaiian Sweet Bread french toast for $5.65 and a small coffee for $1.05.  That's a great deal in Waikiki!  But locals normally order the famous Loco Moco which is 1 scoop of rice topped by 1 hamburger patty and then 1 egg, all covered in brown gravy for $5.65.

courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In


If that's too exotic you can get a regular breakfast plate which is 1 meat choice (either bbq beef or pork, beef or pork cutlet, boneless chicken, ham, hamburger patty, pork sausage, spam, wiener, luncheon meat, orvienna sausage, 2 eggs, 2 scoops of rice or 2 pieces of toast for $5.65 or with fish instead of meat for $.50 extra.   That's a great price and enough food for 2 people to share if you want to eat lighter before going on a hike up Diamond Head or snorkeling.  Lunch and dinner consists of local favorites such as a mixed plate of beef, chicken and fish, burgers, and shoyu chicken (my personal favorite). Follow up your meal with a strawberry slush float to cool you off on your journey back to one of our vacation rentals nearby at the Waikiki Banyan, the Waikiki Sunset, the Cabana at Waikiki or many others.  Most are less than 2 miles away!

courtesy of Rainbow Drive-In

The restaurant is owned by the Ifuku family and they don't keep all the profits for themselves, they share it with the local community through their foundation.  It awards grants to Hawaii based non-profits and schools.  They believe that the key to positive change is education.  So, by eating here you are also helping provide for the future of Oahu's children.  What a great excuse to go check them out!

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