Takeout Tuesdays: Rainbow Drive-In

Beep, beep! It’s Takeout Tuesday, when we feature alumni-owned restaurants and food establishments in a video review. Let’s support these and other locally owned small businesses by ordering takeout.

Reviewed by Dori Leong ’10

Rainbow Drive-In is a family-owned and operated company since 1961, located at 3308 Kanaina Ave. in Kapahulu, and is now run by CEO Chris Iwamura ’04. Rainbow Drive-In has received many accolades and has been featured on The Food Network, and is one of the most iconic and beloved plate lunch places here in Honolulu. They are currently offering takeout only. Phone orders are accepted. Please wear a face mask and practice safe social distancing.

We ordered some amazing local favorites: (all plates come with rice, mac salad and gravy all over or on the side)

  • Mixed Plate – mahimahi, BBQ beef and boneless chicken
  • Loco Moco with two beef patties and eggs
  • Corned Beef Hash with eggs
  • BBQ Pork
  • Boneless Chicken
  • Daily Special: Shoyu Chicken (Saturday)
  • Rainbow Royal Burger with fries
  • Tater Tots and Chili
  • Chili Bowl with Rice
  • Cheesecake, Apple Crisp, Lemon Bar and Rockslide Caramel Brownie
  • Slushie Float

Rainbow Drive-In has four locations: Kapahulu, Kalihi, Pearlridge and Ewa Beach. For more information and hours, visit their website or follow them on Instagram.

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