Two-Minute Takeout: Waipahu’s Leeward Drive Inn

When all plates come with fried saimin and mac salad, they must be from this plate lunch icon.


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The corner of Pūpūkāhi and Pūpūpani Streets in Waipahu is home to Leeward Drive Inn, a long-standing west side favorite since 1964. One of the oldest restaurants in leeward O‘ahu, the eatery has been run since 2007 by its current generation of owners who have added their own Korean influence to the menu.


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Leeward Drive Inn is best known for fried saimin, barbecue chicken, kalbi and mac salad. Dessert options include baked turnovers and nine flavors of soft-serve ice cream. I got the Mix Any Two plate lunch ($19.47) with kalbi and barbecue chicken which comes with white rice, fried noodles, mac salad and tossed salad. It can easily feed two people. And I got an ube turnover ($3.48) and an Orange Bang ($2.49) to complete the experience. Watch this episode of Two-Minute Takeout for my thoughts on this popular Waipahu plate lunch spot.


Open Sunday to Thursday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 12 a.m., 94-209 Pupukahi St., (808) 671-7323,, @leewarddriveinn


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