Whenever you get the chance to boogie down the Hana Highway, definitely put Troy’s Plate Lunch on your radar. Their hearty homecooked meals promise to satisfy your cravings for pure comfort food. Plus, their endless aloha will undoubtedly brighten your day in an instant. Just be ready to go elsewhere if you find their doors closed because they’re often only open two days a week.
When you do find their doors open, you’re in for a real treat. Although the full menu fits on a surfboard, there’s a little something for everyone at this ultra-cute eatery. Each day, their chef preps the fresh, local ingredients, and then uses them in all their time-honored recipes. As a result of their efforts, decadent Chicken Katsu, Coconut Shrimp, and everything in between land on their plates alongside filling sides.
When you arrive, you’ll get to choose between the many main entrees listed on the surfboard. If they have anything new, they will have a sign set up near the register letting you know about it. No matter what you order, you’re likely to get a scoop of either white or brown rice on the side. On top of that, you can choose between either tossed greens with a sesame vinaigrette or Hawaiian-style cold macaroni salad. Some of their dishes, like the Hana Style Fish and Chips, come with ulu fries instead.
They pile everything up on paper plates, so you’ll need to stick around to enjoy your selections. Thankfully, they have an open pop-up tent set up with picnic tables underneath. So, all you have to do is grab a spot and dig in to fill up your belly in style. While lounging onsite, be sure to take a moment to chat up your fellow patrons if given the chance. You never know if you’ll get to make newfound friends while getting a taste of all the best food on the island.
Their most scrumptious menu items include:
Sirloin Loco Moco
When you want beefy deliciousness in every single bite, you cannot go wrong with the Sirloin Loco Moco. Only made using the finest cuts of beef, this classic dish comes bursting with flavor. The portions are huge, too, so you’re bound to walk away needing a nap to sleep off all that stick-to-the-ribs goodness.
Hana Style Fish and Chips
The Hana Style Fish and Chips give you a taste of the catch of the day made to your liking. They create this dish by hand breading fresh-caught fish and then taking it for a swim in the fryer. As that cooks, French fries join the party, adding to the pure decadence all around. Homemade tartar sauce completes the experience and takes all the fish and chip flavors to the next level.
Want to skip the meat while still enjoying bright, bold flavors in every last bite? Just go with the Vegetable Curry. They only use fresh local veggies for this dish, so you never truly know what’s going to land on your plate. Their veggies are flavorful all on their own, but the curry adds amazing warmth that cannot be beaten.
If you’re craving sweets after finishing your plate lunch, check out their fruit stand before you leave. They have fresh, in-season fruit available all throughout the year, giving you plenty of amazing options to consider. Even if you’re not hungry for fruit at the moment, the sweet treats travel well, so grab a few pieces for the road and enjoy them later.
-Like most eateries and retail spots on the Road to Hana, they’re a cash-only establishment. So, stop by the ATM before starting your trip.
-Need help finding their eatery? Look for the bright yellow signs beckoning you to their doorstep.
-For now, they’re only open on Wednesday and Thursday each week, but that could change in the future.