Saint Louis Drive-In
In an inconspicuous pink building on Waialae Avenue stands St. Louis Drive-In. There are no signs telling you that you are here, just the window up front where you place your order and the various pieces of paper on the windows announcing specials like Post-It® notes.
Another place from my youth, I'll always remember St. Louis Drive-In for their teriyaki burgers. The teriyaki, which is loaded with ginger-y flavor, is one of the best. Since I've been on a quest for bentos lately, I decided to have the KCCN bento.
Named in honor of one of the local radio stations, KCCN (FM 100.3), the bento has the following (clockwise from top left): luncheon meat, 4 pieces hot fried chicken, 2 pieces fried scallops (with tartar sauce), egg omelet, and teriyaki beef on white rice with furikake and ume.
This bento was just OK. The deep-fried scallops were nice and crunchy on the outside, and tender on the inside. The teriyaki beef had a wonderful flavor full of ginger, which I liked and is something that is not so easy to find these days. The main disappointment for me was the hot fried chicken. The chicken itself seemed undercooked (I would have liked this a bit crunchier) and not hot (spicy) at all. It seems as though the hot sauce (?) was added as an after thought. I could have probably ordered a bento with fried chicken, and loaded up on the hot sauce for a similar, if not spicier, flavor.
Oh well, so much for the bento. Next time I'll just stick to having the teriburger, which is my favorite.
St. Louis Drive-In
3145 Waialae Avenue