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."
2300 N. King St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, USA
- 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)
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