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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, September 14, 2001

Dining Scene
Lunch Break: Rustlin' up grub at the wagon

By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer

Tommy's lunch wagon on Mililani Street offers a large local menu.

Jeff Widener • The Honolulu Advertiser

It's been one of those days.

The phone hasn't stopped ringing and the copier is jammed. You can't find the toner for the printer, and your paycheck got lost in the company mail.

And you're supposed to be on vacation today.

This is the perfect day for a plate lunch — wagon-style.

Tommy's Lunch Wagon offers enough variety to make it worthwhile to make a pit stop on Mililani Street, next to Ali'iolani Hale, for some 'ono, local-style grub.

The plate lunch menu rotates daily. Here's a sampling:

  • Monday is reserved for beef stew, beef curry, chicken tofu and sweet/sour spare ribs.
  • Tuesday's got chop steak, corn beef and cabbage, meat jun and mushroom chicken.
  • Wednesday has teri chicken, tripe stew, grilled 'ahi and meatloaf with gravy.
  • Thursday offers chicken cutlet with gravy, pork squash and roast turkey.
  • Friday serves up lau lau, kalua cabbage, shoyu chicken and fried chicken wings.

We tried the pork adobo and teri chicken. One office critic didn't care for the adobo, saying it was too fatty and dry. But the teri chicken was tasty, dripping with a not-too-sweet sauce.

And the price, for the hefty servings, makes the meal that much better.

A regular plate of any daily special costs $4. Minis are $3.50. And a two-choice mix is $5. All meals include tossed or mac salad.

Tommy's also sells kimchee by the half-gallon. Cucumber kimchee costs $10 a half-gallon, $18 for a gallon; won bok kimchee is $8 the half-gallon, $15 a gallon.

They also take phone orders for five or more plates, in case your entire office is in desperate need of a rice-meat-mac fix.

The lunch wagon is a satellite of Tommy's Coffee Shop, in the Medical Arts Building, 1010 S. King St.

Hours for the lunch wagon: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, closed weekends. 258-4654.