Field Guide: School Street
You’ll find more eateries than schools on this long street.
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Helena's Hawaiian Food
For authentic Hawaiian comfort food, Helena’s Hawaiian Food is the place to eat. “We don’t have mac salad,” warns Elaine Katsuyoshi, daughter of the late Helena. “That’s a local food, not a Hawaiian food.” Helena opened the eatery in 1946 and went on to win a James Beard Foundation Award in 2000 and many local food awards. Today, Elaine’s son is the chef and owner. The pipikaula short ribs, poke with ‘opihi and fried butterfish collar are favorites of Helena’s long-time customers and tourists alike. 1240 N. School St., 845-8044.
At Mitsuken, the food is good and the prices are low. The most popular item is the garlic chicken plate lunch ($6) with two scoops white rice and mac salad. If you’re not that hungry, you can order a mini-bento. Be sure to get there early—Mitsuken is open from 4:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.—there’s usually a line out the door and items sell out quickly. 1223 N. School St., 848-5573.
Rene Zepeda, manager of Mexico Restaurant, says authentic dishes make this restaurant stand out. “We put a lot more care into the food and try to be as traditional as we can,” he says. Zepeda says the owner of Mexico Restaurant—and Mexico Lindo in Kailua—is from Mexico and uses recipes passed down from his mother. He recommends trying the Mexico burrito or one of the taco plates. The restaurant also has a wide variety of tequila. 1247 N. School St., 845-9059.