While this blog post goes live, I’ll probably be in Hawaii for work. I know work and Hawaii don’t really go hand in hand, but trust me, I’ll be working. It will be my first time in Hawaii, so Hawaiian food to me would be the same here or there. I would assume an authentic Hawaiian restaurant would be exactly like Rutt’s Hawaiian. I walked in here, and the vibe was totally old school Hawaiian. Literally everyone there was a local. Then another guy came in for s pick up order and it seemed like he was a regular. I knew we were in for a Hawaiian treat.
The Kalua pork with egg was quite delicious. The eggs were just regular — nothing really special here. The Kalua pork though was exceptional. It was salty, but not too salty. The pork wasn’t dry or overly seasoned. The pork flavor was present and the mixture of fat and lean meat was perfect. This beats any carnitas or pulled pork that is out there.
The royals fried rice was quite nice as well. I am a fried rice lover, and anything mixed with rice is always delicious and convenient. This fried rice wasn’t just all rice with bits and pieces of the good stuff. It had plenty of char sui, Portuguese sausage, eggs, and sprouts. The addition of the green onions gave it a nice savory taste and evened out all of the fatty flavors. This was really a plate of comfort.
The Kalua pork was awesome, the Royale was comforting, but this French toast was something else. There are some crappy French toasts out there, and there are some decent once. This French toast is literally the best in Los Angeles. The bread they use is Hawaiian bread — fitting and genius. This made for a very pillowy bite. Dipping it in some Aunt Jemima, this was equally comforting and delicious. Seriously. Put this on your to do list. In hopes of not overhyping this simple French toast, I will have to try it again soon.
What’s up with Hawaiian food and why is it so comforting for me? Am I part Hawaiian? Some people look at me and always ask me if I am from Hawaii. Maybe I need to have a serious conversation with my mom and really figure out where I’m from. I think it isn’t just me. Something about Hawaiian food is so simple and comforting. Rutt’s really surprised me with their down to earth offerings of classic Hawaiian fare. Trust me when I say I’ll be back for that Kalua pork and French toast.