We Asked Frolic Foodies for Their Fave Fried Rice and Got 35 Different Answers

Of course we expected Side Street Inn and Elena’s. Not expected: a pie shop in Wahiawā, three poke counters and a ritzy steak house.


Where’s your favorite fried rice? Our plan was to put up a reader poll asking this very question, but with so many choices across the island, we asked our Frolic Foodies Facebook group first. Good to narrow down the choices, we thought. What actually happened: We got too many choices!


The responses were eye-opening and from nearly every corner of O‘ahu. Of course Side Street Inn, renowned for its humongous classic, was up there. More surprising were places we didn’t even know served fried rice. Within hours, our query Tuesday afternoon had so many responses that we knew a reader poll was out of the question. So here instead are nearly three dozen recommendations, including the exact fried rice variety, if it was mentioned—your fellow readers’ picks for the best fried rice on O‘ahu.


Note: Even more responses appeared on the Frolic Foodies thread overnight before this post was published, so we’ve added them in below.


Alicia’s Market



Asahi Grill

Location not specified; they have different owners.


Big City Diner Grandmas Kimchee Fried Rice

Big City Diner. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Big City Diner

Multiple locations



Bogart’s Café

Diamond Head—adobo fried rice


Cafe Morey’s

Diamond Head—Morey’s fried rice


Chart House




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Chun Wah Kam

Multiple locations—ginger chicken fried rice (3 mentions)


Duck Lee



Eggs ’n Things

Multiple locations



Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods

Waipahu—pork adobo fried rice


Goma Tei

Multiple locations—ginger chicken fried rice


Honolulu Coffee Experience Center

McCully—Portuguese sausage fried rice


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Hula Grill Waikīkī.


Hula Grill Waikīkī

(With mushroom gravy)



Pearl City—wok fried rice


Izakaya Danji

Makiki—salmon fried rice


Kūhio Grille



Jack in the Box

Reader notes that only Hawai‘i locations offer fried rice.


Lagoon Chinese Restaurant

Mapunapuna—char siu fried rice


Like Like Drive Inn

Ke‘eaumoku (2 mentions. RIP)



Little Village Noodle House



Lobster King

Ke‘eaumoku—dried scallop and egg white fried rice


Mililani Golf Course clubhouse

Mililani—adobo fried rice



Mililani Restaurant

Mililani—Portuguese sausage fried rice (2 mentions)


One Plus One Drive Inn

Mō‘ili‘ili—teri chicken fried rice


Panya Bistro & Bakery

Kaka‘ako—egg fried rice


Poke Stop

Multiple locations



Queen Street Café & Grill

‘Aiea (2 mentions)


Roast Duck Kitchen



Rocky’s Coffee Shop

Waipahu—omelet fried rice


Sherry’s Korean Bar BQ




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Side Street Inn

Multiple locations (8 mentions)


The Social Honolulu

Kaka‘ako—garlic bacon fried rice (2 mentions)





Taiyo Ramen

Kaka‘ako—kim chee fried rice


Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering



Tanya’s Pies & Grill

Wahiawā (3 mentions)



Kapahulu (with extra garlic; 2 mentions)



Kunia—adobo fried rice


Times Coffee Shop Fried Rice Full Order

Times Coffee Shop. Photo: Robbie Dingeman


Times Coffee Shop

Multiple locations


Waipahu Café





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