What you’re getting: Chili Plate, $6.50 for takeout, $7.50 for dine-in
As we’ve already told you, Honolulu has its own version of fast food, and you’ll definitely see more of these around than a McDonald’s. Since 1966, Zippy’s has been serving it up fast, cheap, and local-style. While some locations have table service, most are casual order-at-the-counter joints with those plastic takeout boxes. For a classic Zippy’s meal, go for the Chili Plate with sides of rice and macaroni salad and a solid portion of chili. As it says on the menu, the chain sells more than 200,000lbs of its chili every month, so it’s got to be good, right? Right?!
What you’re getting: The Daily Melt, $8
From Chef Ed Kenney (of Town), Kaimuki Superette is a seasonal sandwich shop complete with a small breakfast menu. With items like an egg, kale, and Brie sandwich, and a daily rotating selection of local, prepared vegetables (plus, side salads like roasted roots, or Swiss chard Caesar gloriously on display), it’s a go-to spot for a healthy, yet flavorful lunch. The daily melt comes with a side of mixed greens, and can range from a pork terrine with whole grain mustard and port salut on rye, to a simple ahi salad sandwich with cheddar. Be warned, there may be a lunch rush, but it’s worth the extra few minutes.