Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Little Taste of Hawaii, Right here in the Metroplex




   The people of Hawaii love Spam. And when I say "love", I really mean "love". For some reason, Hawaiians see Spam as a delicacy.

   So it was no surprise to me when I walked into the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Plano to find Spam prominently on the menu. SpamBurger, Spam & Eggs, Spam Musubi and Spam Saimin.

   Now do yo believe me, Hawaiians love Spam.

   What really surprises me is that a Hawaiian institution like  L&L is located here, and that it took me so long to find it. Imagine if you lived in Hawaii for 10 years and then all of a sudden you discover there is a Whataburger located in Honolulu.

   If Spam isn't your thing, don't worry. They stay plenty kine onolicious Hawaian kau kau. (translation: There are plenty of other delicious Hawaiian dishes)
   I would recommend the Kailua pork or the Pork Lau Lau. Both are served with the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch accouterments: A scoop of sticky rice and macaroni salad. The menu does allow for substituting an extra scoop of rice rather than the mac salad.

   For the unadventurous there are a variety of other options from Shrimp, Mahi Mahi, Barbeque Chicken and Burgers. I suggest you stick with the regular size plates, the Aloha size is way too much food.


  I do suggest you skip the standard soft drink and try one of the many Hawaiian Sun punches and nectars. Imported directly from Hawaii, these are very hard to find on the mainland. Passion Fruit / Guava Nectar is one of my favorites. 

  L&L is located in far north Plano just south of Highway 121 and the Ikea store. And if you travel to New York, apparently there's one there also.