Da Hawaiian Kitchen is a Hawaiian restaurant in Huntington Beach. All the island favorites are here—lunch plates and loco moco and kalua pig and Spam musubi slabs so dense you can throw it through a window. Da Hawaiian’s star platter is the "chili peppa" chicken, essentially hen marinated in sauces, then fried so perfectly I swear they must have used a broaster, so crackly and tender and perfect the results are. The plastic knives they give you to cut through it are almost pointless; just grab it with your hands and tear into it, just as all the natives and surfers alongside you do.
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I've yet to have the honor of visiting Hawaii, although I might go there for my honeymoon. (Anyone know of a hotel with an awesome water slide, but not that many kids? I'm having a hell of a time finding one.) But I've known Hawaiia...