Ever heard of a plate lunch stand with drive-thru service? No? Then enter Richie’s Drive Inn, where you can literally drive in, then quickly drive out with your plate lunch! Best of all, not only is it done fast, but it’s done right.
Although we didn’t order it on this visit, one of the most popular items at Richie’s is the Chili Dog plate, which not long ago was just $3.80. Now it’s still a wallet-friendly $4.81, which includes a heaping serving of Richie’s awesome Chili (better than Zippy’s, IMO), 2 hot dogs (yes, two!), 2 scoops rice, mac salad and a medium drink. What a deal!
In the first photo, Diner “E” ordered the Shoyu Chicken plate, which he gave me a sample to try. Excellent. Very tender and flavorful.
Diner “A” ordered the Combination plate…
The combination plate includes teriyaki beef, breaded chicken and mahimahi, with 2 scoops rice and mac salad, plus tartar sauce for the fish. Diner “A” loved it. Again tender and very flavorful, with the breading crispy and light.
What must be noted is their use of the more “traditional” paper plate and cardboard box serving containers. This, in comparison to everyone nowadays using those flavor-robbing styrofoam clamshell containers. For some reason, paper plates seem to give the food on it more character. At least me and Diner “E” thinks so. Even better if it’s the old school Chinette plate lined with wax paper, and food wrapped with butcher paper and rubber-banded shut. The Kewalo lunch wagon classic! Anyway…
I went “light” and tried Richie’s Deluxe Burger…
This was just OK. The thin double patties could have been seared more. Sauce was your typical local style mayo-mustard mix. Price is right, that’s for sure.
As is all the items on Richie’s menu…
Look at that. A Chili plate is just $3.36. Pork Long Rice with Laulau (wow!) only $6.72. 2 eggs, choice of meat and starch for just $3.61. Incredible!
Hard-working Honolulu folks come here in droves during lunch hour and take advantage of their quick drive-thru plate lunch service…
There were cars wrapped around the building when we arrived. We usually go inside to order…
See the guy laying down in back? He’s got a case of “Kanak’ Attack. lol!
You can have Kanak’ Attack too, with supah’ ono grindz at a great price, and quick service at Richie’s Drive Inn!
Richie’s Drive Inn
1178 N. King Street
(located across the post office, near Waikamilo home road and Farrington High School)
• Richie’s Drive Inn – ‘Ono Kine Grindz review
The Tasty Island rating:
(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)