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76-Cent Plate Lunches

Who knew chicken katsu had the power to help those in need?

While the local plate lunch favorite is a regular on most Hawaii menus, there’s one day in particular that it can be eaten for a good cause. L&L Drive-Inn brings back its annual 76-cent plate lunch every summer to commemorate its opening in the year 1976. But mostly, to benefit Goodwill Industries of Hawaii.

The plate lunch palooza lasts for just two hours at the L&L Keeaumoku Walmart location. In addition to super-cheap grinds, Pepsi will be sold at just 10-cents each. The first 10 customers in line get a month’s supply of Pepsi, while the first 100 get a free L&L Drive-Inn t-shirt.

As you can imagine, it gets pretty packed in there. I remember hearing more than 1,000 people showed up to last year’s event. Some die-hards even lined up at midnight to get their hands on the low-priced plate lunch deal and giveaways.

Since 1959, Goodwill has been helping people with employment barriers to reach their fullest potential. It does this by providing services in job training and job placement to more than 10,000 Hawaii residents.

L&L’s tactic in selling cheap chicken katsu plate lunches isn’t too out-of-the-ordinary for Hawaii foodies. Rainbow Drive-In celebrated its 50th anniversary with 25-cent bowls of saimin. Hundreds showed up to get a taste of Rainbow’s savory concoction.

If you’d like to brave the crowds for a chance at some free stuff and cheap plate lunches, make sure to get in line early. Bring a good read and – most importantly – a good appetite.

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L&L 76-CENT PLATE LUNCHES • Today, June 13, 2013, 10am-noon • L&L Keeaumoku Walmart location • www.hawaiianbarbecue.com

Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Jun 12, 2013