Did you know there’s a food court in the Royal Hawaiian Center? It’s located on the second floor and is a brand new, open air food court called Pa’ina Lanai. The tenants are pretty much all your food court usual suspects plus a few I’ve never seen before:
- Yummy Korean BBQ
- Panda Express (Chinese)
- Sbarro (pizza)
- Paradise Cafe (salads, sandwiches)
- Ezogiku (Japanese food like ramen, oyakodon)
- Tacone Flavor Grill (salads, burgers, wraps)
- Monkey’s (I forgot what this was)
- Kenny’s Hawaiian BBQ Express
- The Grove Bar (a fenced off area serving alcohol)
There are several places that offer similar things: sandwiches, wraps, and build-your-own salads.
Here’s a Taco & Enchilada Combo Plate from Maui Tacos ($8.95). What sold me on this place is the self-serve salsa bar with 5 different types of salsa, chopped onions, lime wedges, pickled jalapenos, and cilantro (my favorite!!).
Here’s an Angus Burger Panini with Sweet Potato Fries ($11.98) from Tacone Flavor Grill. This place also has a self-serve sauce bar with Buttermilk Ranch, Cilantro Lime, and Chipotle BBQ Sauce. The Cilantro Lime Sauce was REALLY good.
I love condiments because you get to enjoy your food in different variations many times over depending on the sauce you use. Plus, I feel like I got more value with all the “freebies”. I was always mad at McDonald’s for charging me 25 cents for BBQ sauce, and I was disappointed at Jack (in the box) when he recently started charging me for his buttermilk ranch sauce. I believed in Jack! Oh well, times are tough I guess…
Just show me an eatery with a free condiment bar and I’m drawn to it like a fool … (It’s gotta be good stuff though, not just ketchup and mustard). For this reason I’m in love with Arby’s, El Pollo Loco in the mainland, and now Maui Tacos and Tacone Flavor Grill. If anyone knows of any places with an awesome condiment bar, please do share.
Pa’ina Lanai Food Court
2nd Floor, Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815