(Experienced September 16, 2008)
While in Hawaii, you should consider lunches or dinners at inexpensive places like Aloha Mixed Plate that serve a ton of food for a small price. The tables are outside and on the water so the location is an added bonus. We even had plumeria bushes surrounding us, so flowers and petals that have fallen off the bush surround you while eating, like you have a paved way of yellow petals to your table.
Most dishes are served with a scoop of white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. For starters, we had the Pupu Platter. In Chinese restaurants, the Pupu Platter is a mish mosh of appetizers. In Hawaii, it is similar, but the Hawaiians call their appetizers pupus and they are far from poo poo. The Pupu Platter we had included chicken wings, or drumettes as they call them at AMP, onion rings and Teriyaki beef. Then I had the Aloha Mixed Plate, obviously named after the restaurant, that came with Shoyu Chicken, Teriyaki Beef and Mahi Mahi. Like I said before, it also came with a scoop of sticky white rice and macaroni salad. I loved the rice, mac salad and the chicken. The Teriyaki Beef on my dish was good but I think I liked the beef in the Pupu Platter more. The jury is still out on whether or not I like Mahi Mahi in a general sense. All of the food came out on styrofoam plates, so you can stop in on the way back from the beach, like we did and not break the bank. The macaroni salad was my favorite part. I hear, though, that you should try the Loco Moco, which is a hamburger with eggs and gravy. I wasn’t brave enough, but maybe next time.
Aloha Mixed Plate, 1285 Front Street, Lahaina, HI, 808.661.3322