Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dining Out: Tanioka's in Waipahu

With an upcoming trek to Kapolei, we decided to pick up lunch at Tanioka's on our way back to town...to eat someplace different.  At any given time, there is a line at least 10 people or more waiting to order fresh poke or pick up okazu like mochiko chicken, corned beef hash patties, etc.  This past Sunday, there was a line of about 20 people...and by the time we got to the poke (seasoned raw fish) area, there looked like at least 15 more behind us.

We've always found Tanioka's poke to be very fresh and in a wide variety.  There's regular ahi limu poke, spicy ahi poke, dried poke, tako poke and a LOT more.  We got our favorite, spicy ahi poke which was excellent.  The ahi limu poke was great also.  We also tried the spicy marlin which didn't taste very spicy...come to think of it, it really didn't have much flavor.

We also got their famous fish patties...chopped up poke pan fried in patty form.  Very good, but a bit on the salty side.  There are so many things to choose from, if this place were closer to town, we'd probably eat there regularly!

If you're not from Hawaii and aren't sure what to get, the workers there are friendly and will give you samples of the poke items.

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