An Atlanta Visits the Island: Oahu Pit Stop 8 – Going Old School Local

Rainbow Diner Drive-InHonolulu, HI, USA

I really liked this drive-in for local Hawaiian food. Parking was a bit difficult as this is a pretty popular spot, but it was worth it for the food and the experience. One thing I didn’t like was the amount of flies. I suppose with every outdoor seating venue though, you’re going to have this problem. The things we ordered included:

Loco Moco: traditional Hawaiian dish of white rice topped with a hamburger patty and gravy
– huge quantity, definitely shareable especially if you’re getting other items to share
– nice hearty piece of patty, not super salty
– gravy was a good thick but not gloopy consistency
– fried egg (over easy) was a great touch – this is my favorite way of eating fried eggs!

– gravy can tend to congeal over time, doesn’t change the flavor but you have to be okay with slightly goopier gravy if you’re going to take it somewhere else and it ends up sitting
– environmentalists would hate the fact that it’s all in styrofoam.

Rainbow Diner - loco moco

BBQ Plate: white rice served with bbq ribs (similar to korean kalbi) and fried fish fillet
– fantastic quantity, definitely shareable and more so with at least two to three people if there are other dishes ordered
– meat was not too dry, not over seasoned
– fish was not dry or overcooked, not greasy despite being battered and fried

– the tartar sauce went well with the fish, but overall, it would have been nice to have some sort of slaw or pickles or even sauce. Dish was just dry in general

Rainbow Diner - bbq plate

Macaroni Salad (Side)
– not overly dressed or under-seasoned given the amount of mayo required for pasta salad

– I wouldn’t say that the portion was stingy or small for a side, but it appears small just because it wasn’t filled to the top of the container.

Rainbow Diner - mac salad

I’d totally come back again. The Loco Moco was delicious. Definitely would like to order one or two other things but if I wouldn’t necessarily drive out of the way for this one more time having already been here.  In summary:

  • loco moco: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
  • bbq plate: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
  • mac salad: ***.65 (3.65 stars)

It’s totally worth it for the experience, and the atmosphere is very local and very old-school.  You can find them here in Honolulu:

3308 Kanaina Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815


Get your old school kicks on!


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