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Sarah Yee, sole franchise owner of the Austin Highway restaurant and an upcoming location in New Braunfels, is known as “Auntie” as a sign of respect. As I chatted with Auntie Sarah on a chilly February morning, the warmth in her hospitality and conversation emphasized the familial experience inside L&L. If you didn’t already know, you might be shocked to learn L&L is part of an international chain. It certainly doesn’t feel like one. Yee’s inviting presence makes San Antonio’s sole L&L feel like an escape.

Madalyn Mendoza at L&L Hawaiian.

Madalyn Mendoza at L&L Hawaiian.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

We met about an hour before L&L opened. As the time neared the 11 a.m. start time, customers started arriving to be the first to dine in that day. There wasn’t a special promotion or freebie, they just love the food that much. Yee welcomed each of them in as if they were family with an “Aloha.” Some were returning customers she knew, others were first-timers like me. She loved on each of them the same.

Raised by a Guamese mother and Hawaiian father, Yee says she grew up with Spam musubi in her lunch bags the way most kids get ham and cheese sandwiches.

“I’ve got Pacific Islander blood flowing through these veins,” she says, beaming with pride. “We grew up on this food.”

Yee eventually moved to Denver where she worked on the corporate side of the fast food world. When she visited family in San Antonio, she noticed a lack of Hawaiian fare.

“It dawned on me that there just isn’t our kind of food,” she recalls. “I called up the L&L corporate office and I said, ‘Why don’t we have L&L out here?’ Fast forward, here I am.”

Yee opened the restaurant in 2014 and eight years in to being a San Antonio restaurant owner, her L&L has become a go-to for tropical food. The New Braunfels location celebrated a grand opening on Saturday, February 19. Yee is planning on opening an L&L Hawaiian on the far Westside next.

Yee says she’s never wanted to go toe-to-toe with Texas barbecue, she just wanted to introduce San Antonio to something new. Excited by my new experience, I posted some of the savory Hawaiian ‘cue I tried to my social media accounts that day. I don’t think I’ve ever got as many responses to food before. The slew of reactions and comments varied in excitement, but were all in the same vein of “I love that place.”

By the looks of it, San Antonio foodies didn’t expect a tropical vs. Texas barbecue showdown and appreciate that it stands in its uniqueness.

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L&L serves a menu of Hawaiian comfort food, or plate lunches, including barbecue, Spam musubi, chicken katsu, grilled seafood and more. Yee says the offerings are authentic to the meals found in the islands.

“Here’s a way to get to Hawaii, to at least experience the culture and the food without having to navigate through the airport,” she adds. “More than the food though, we’re also serving the spirit of Aloha. It’s an opportunity for your tastebuds to try some exciting new tastes.”

A BBQ Mix plate from L&L Hawaiian with macaroni salad and white rice.

A BBQ Mix plate from L&L Hawaiian with macaroni salad and white rice.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

Yee describes Hawaiian cuisine as a “melting pot” of backgrounds. She points to musubi, the Spam-topped block of rice. The canned meat was introduced by Americans to the Pacific as part of G.I. rations during World War II, she says. Yee adds that during the 19th century, migrant workers from Philippines, China, Korea, and Japan fueled their work in the pineapple and sugar plantations with plate lunches from home. The sharing of foods influenced some of Hawaii’s cuisine.

“It is truly something unique. I really recommend that if you haven’t tried it, you give it a chance,” Yee says. “And you’re not going to just try Hawaiian food, you’re going to try a fusion of taste from many, many different countries with love and the spirit of aloha. If you ever want to go to paradise come to Austin Highway and we’ll train you on the cuisine here and you’ll be a pro by the time you land.”

My taste buds definitely took a trip. Keep reading for a few takeaways.

From top: Kalua pork with cabbage, chicken katsu, Spam musubi, and a BBQ mix plate from L&L Hawaiian, which opened a second location this February.

Madalyn Mendoza/MySA

What’s on the menu at L&L Hawaiian?

L&L offers barbecue (served in plates or bowls), chicken katsu, kalua pork and cabbage, Spam musubi, loco moco, and noodles. I tried the barbecue, chicken kastu, kalua pork and cabbage, musubi, rice, and macaroni salad.

Fried chicken katsu with macaroni salad and white rice.

Madalyn Mendoza, MySA.com

How good is L&L Hawaiian?

I had to excuse myself from the saucy mess I was making as I dug into the barbecue. The taste sent me into a ravenous attack on the juicy mix of protein. It’s lathered in a soy sauce-based marinade with traditional Hawaiian seasonings. I told Yee that macaroni salads are my highlight of any cookout and she insisted that I tried L&L’s. Her confidence wasn’t misguided. It was perfectly chilled and creamy and not at all soggy.

The kalua pork, which Yee joked was the Hawaiian equivalent of barbacoa, combined with the cabbage for a crunchy-savory mix. The Panko-breaded and deep-fried tender katsu chicken made for fun dipping into the piquant sauce. The servings are generous, just the way you’d expect to be served at home. I was thrilled to have leftovers.

I washed it down with a Lilikoi Passion-flavored Hawaiian Sun drink (another first). The sweet and tart drink complemented the barbecue and rounded out the tropical experience.

More to chew on

Yee says L&L’s proximity to Fort Sam Houston makes it a go-to lunch spot for people working on base. She says there are times when the entire dining room is filled with people in uniform. She offers a 10% off discount for all military members and their dependents.

Prices for “Hawaii’s Favorite Plates,” which includes the barbecue and Kalua pork plates, range from $12 to $14.79.

Must trys: the BBQ Mix plate and macaroni salad.

The San Antonio location is at 1302 Austin Highway. The upcoming New Braunfels restaurant is at 156 Texas 46.

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