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This week I tried the new L&L Hawaiian Barbecue on the corner of Wilson and Harbor in Costa Mesa. The first thing I noticed when I entered the building was the long line of people. This gave me comfort in knowing that the place was well loved.
The menu had a plethora of options including a BBQ chicken bowl, Loco Moco, Fried shrimp, and Chicken Katsu - all Hawaiian classics. I decided to go for my favorite Hawaiian dish: Chicken Katsu. Knowing that Hawaiian portions are generally pretty large, I went for the mini Chicken Katsu plate for $5.99. This plate included authentic Chicken Katsu, macaroni salad, and a scoop of rice. The portion size was large (as I expected) so I ended up sharing with my peers. I also decided to choose a classic Hawaiian drink: a delicious Hawaiian Sun Lilikoi Passion to wash down my food.
Overall, I enjoyed my food thoroughly. I thought the chicken was very crispy and delicious and made me remember the exact same Chicken Katsu I ate when I traveled to Hawaii two years ago. Along with the complementary mac salad and rice added additional islander flavors and perfected the entire meal. With all this being said, I would give L&L a 8/10 simply because of the huge portion sizes (which most would be okay with).
I would recommend L&L to anyone who is searching for local Hawaiian food or just wants to try something new at lunch time. Service only took about 5-7 minutes for my meal to come out and I made it back to school with lots of time to spare. The hospitality was great and my food was delicious. Along with this, the price range was great for the amount food I received. I will definitely be returning to L&L to satisfy my island food cravings. Entree prices vary from $4-$10.
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Reporter: Cosette Terriquez