Mitsu-Ken

$ Kapalama Hawaiian

Fodor’s Expert Review

Mitsu-Ken's garlic chicken may haunt your dreams, which makes it worth the trek to a downscale neighborhood to find the joint. Line up and order the plate lunch with rice and salad, or chicken only, and sink your teeth into this crispy, profoundly garlicky masterpiece drizzled with a sweet glaze. Mitsu-Ken was once an unpromising-looking, battered, tiny hole-in-the-wall that makes these unprepossessing digs look postively uptown. But go early; they open at 5 am, and by 1 pm they're washing down the sidewalks. Obsessed locals line up at dawn to get takeout for lunch. It's in Kalihi, not far from the Bishop Museum. And don't forget: cash only! To avoid the wait, call the day before to place your order, then head to the cashier at the "phone order pick-up line."

Hawaiian American Casual Breakfast Lunch Quick Bite $

Quick Facts

2300 N. King St.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96817, USA

808-848–5573

Known For:
  • Showstopper garlic chicken and delicious breakfast bentos
  • Cash only
  • Good stop before the Swap Meet (it opens at 5 am and closes by 1 pm)
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No dinner

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