By Nicole Fernandez | Staff Writer
Students are always on the lookout for convenient, inexpensive places to satiate their hunger. This list provides several restaurants that will meet those needs for KCC students.
St. Louis Drive In
One of the older establishments on this list, St. Louis Drive In has been around for decades. Their specialty is seafood mixed-plates, and they do not disappoint. All of their seafood is fresh each day, and it’s typically served with two scoops of rice, and tossed or macaroni salad. With plates starting at $9.25, this drive-in has one of the best deals on the island.
Location: 3145 Waiʻalae Ave.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sundays; 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 5 a.m. – midnight Fridays and Saturdays
Sweet Home Glad
A relatively new restaurant, Sweet Home Glad has a menu of classic Chinese dishes alongside several local plates. The prices range from $9 to $12, and you will leave on a full stomach. They also offer a tasting menu for $3.25 per small dish. It’s the farthest restaurant from campus, but if you have classes during the later hours, it’s at the perfect location to pick up a meal before heading over to KCC.
Location: 2671 South King St.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
W & M Bar B-Q Burger
Just a small mom-and-pop joint, W & M has been successfully serving their signature special BBQ sauce burgers since the 1940s. The menu hasn’t changed since its first opening, but that hasn’t diminished the restaurant’s success. The founders and following owners all attribute their success to the secret BBQ sauce they include on nearly every burger. Nothing on the menu is more than $5, so it’s the best place to grab a small lunch on a budget, especially a college student’s budget.
Location: 3104 Wai‘alae Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays
Ono Seafood Products
Ono Seafood is a tiny shop on Kapahulu Avenue that’s popular with locals and tourists alike. This laid-back eatery has a delicious variety of poke to buy with a few scoops of rice (brown or white) and a drink. The best part is that all of their poke is fresh, whether it’s ‘ahi or tako. Their poke bowls have two sizes: regular ($7 for 1/3 pound) and super ($9 for 1/2 pound). For just an extra 50 cents, you can pick two choices of poke in your bowl.
Location: 747 Kapahulu Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays
Despite its western name, Pioneer Saloon’s menu offers a blend of local and Japanese plate lunches. Admittedly, the prices are a bit higher compared to the other restaurants, with a range between $11 to $30. However, the dishes are so good it makes customers drive around in circles waiting for a parking spot to open. A perk for KCC students is how close it is to the campus. All it takes is about a 10-minute walk down Monsarrat.
Location: 3046 Monsarrat Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. every day
In nearly every affordable-places-to-eat article, Rainbow Drive-in is included, so it would be akin to a crime not to add in the iconic diner. As one of the most well-known restaurants on Oʻahu, Rainbow’s has been a serving staple Hawaiian plate lunches since 1961 and is a popular destination for those craving a loco moco. Students can get their own for only $8.50.
Location: 3308 Kanaina Ave.
Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day