Ever heard the saying that "San Diego is the closest thing to Hawaii on the mainland"? If you have, then you've truly spent a good amount of time on the Islands eating at Local spots. The truth is that you probably miss the food, and wish that there was a spot in San Diego to get good eats. Well, I am happy to say that there is such a place, Homestyle Hawaiian.
As huge fans of Hawaiian Plate lunches and Spam Musubi, we're excited yet slightly skeptical about this spot. There are a few other plate lunch cafes in San Diego; however, none of them have been able to give us exactly what we're looking for. With reserved excitement, we set out to try Homestyle Hawaiian.
As part of a small strip mall just down the street from Mesa College, Homestyle Hawaiian is a tiny shop with a big Hawaiian heart. Pulling up, I see that the shop is simple with only a few two-person tables out front. I think to myself that places like these tend to be really good.
Inside, the cafe looks really friendly and laid-back. It's laid-back in the sort of way that makes you instantly comfortable, wanting to hang out and eat for awhile.
Before reaching the register to order, we are warmly greeted with "How's it going guys?...Let me know when you're ready" by a friendly employee.
After only a minute, we know what we want to order.
Benjamin orders the Katsu Chicken. Jigger wants the Lumpia, and I get not one, but two orders of Spam Musubi.
After ordering, we grab a table inside while we wait for our food. I really like Spam Musubi and my mouth waters just at the thought of it. I'm excited to see just how good their Musubi will be.
After only a few minutes, our food is brought out to the table. It smells great!
The Spam Musubi is huge and looks mouth-wateringly good! Benjamin's Katsu Chicken is golden brown and actually looks tender. The Lumpia looks like rolled and deep fried pieces of heaven. We dig in!
We devour the Katsu Chicken, both Spam Musubis and all the Lumpia. This really is delicious! Everything that I've heard about this place is true. Each bite reminds me of a shop where I used to buy Musubi ever morning in Kahului. This place is great! It really makes the saying "San Diego is the closest thing to Hawaii on the mainland" ring a little truer.
Mahalo Homestyle Hawaiian!