We Compiled Your Top 5 Poke, Gau Gee, Meat Jun, Loco Moco

We asked, and you voted. Here’s how Frolic’s readers ranked favorite local foods, all in one place.


You know Our Top 5 rankings, now here are yours. Four times in the history of Frolic, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite local foods and tabulated thousands of responses. You’ll find all Your Top 5 rankings on this page, starting with the reigning heavyweight of local food.


Your Top 5: Classic loco mocos

classic takeout loco moco covered in gravy
Photo: Gregg Hoshida


Published: Nov. 11, 2020

No. 5: The Alley at ‘Aiea Bowl
No. 4: Cafe 100
No. 3: Pancakes & Waffles
No. 2: Rainbow Drive-In
No. 1: Liliha Bakery


SEE ALSO: Best Loco Mocos in Hawai‘i: Our Top 5


Your Top 5: Poke shops

chopsticks holding cubes of fresh ahi poke
Photo: Thomas Obungen


Published: Feb. 6, 2020

No. 5: Tamura’s Market
No. 4: ‘Ono Seafood
No. 3: Off the Hook Poke Market
No. 2: Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering
No. 1: ‘Ahi Assassins (closed)


SEE ALSO: Best Poke: Our Top 5


Your Top 5: Crispy gau gee

pile of golden brown crispy gau gee on a plate


Published: Nov. 14, 2019

No. 5: Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory
No. 4: Roast Duck Kitchen
No. 3: Kin Wah Chop Suey
No. 2: Waimalu Chop Suey
No. 1: Kunia Chinese Restaurant


SEE ALSO: Best Crispy Gau Gee: Our Top 5


Your Top 5: Meat jun

sunlight shines on a plate lunch of golden fried meat jun
Photo: Eric Baranda


Published: Oct. 23, 2019

No. 5: Kim Chee 7
No. 4: Kim Chee II
No. 3: Soon’s Kal Bi Drive-in
No. 2: Dong Yang Inn
No. 1: Young’s Kalbee


SEE ALSO: Best Meat Jun: Our Top 5