What exactly makes a restaurant a hole in the wall? Is it cramped seating, a hard to find location, cheap food, a dated facade, simply a food truck? Perhaps it can be any of these things, though the one aspect these 13 restaurants share is absolutely incredible food, in perhaps a less than ideal setting.
1) Ray's Cafe, Honolulu
With just five tables inside and a line outside the door, Ray's Cafe is certainly a Kalihi favorite.
2) Broke Da Mouth Grindz, Kailua-Kona
My mouth is watering for those pork adobo fries...
3) Ono Tacos, Lahaina
Hawaii is home to some killer food trucks, including this Mexican joint that serves up the burritos, torta, and tacos for miles.
4) Pono Market, Kapaa
This unassuming joint is the spot for killer Hawaiian food in Kapaa. The Lau Lau is awesome, though unfortunately only available during specified lunch hours.
5) Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu
This Honolulu classic is one of Obama's favorite places to visit when he's in town, and for good reason.
6) Kohala Burger and Taco, Kawihae
This casual Mexican-American Grill serves up local fish, grass-fed beef and 1950s milkshakes.
7) Mark’s Place, Lihue
From plate lunches to bento boxes, Mark's Place is known for serving up some delicious meals.
8) Blue Ginger Café, Lanai City
With a casual, old-school vibe and simple American and Pan-Asian fare, Blue Ginger Cafe is a must visit while in Lanai City
9) Helena's Hawaiian Food, Honolulu
This laid-back eatery is known for serving up the best Hawaiian food around - from Lau Lau and Kalua pork to poke and poi.
10) Hawaiian Style Café, Waimea
If you're looking for home cooked American and Hawaiian food, look no further than this local favorite for breakfast and lunch.
11) Local Food, Lahaina
A no-frills name accompanies a laid-back atmosphere and the best plate lunches on the island.
12) Da Crack, Koloa
This Mexican eatery may be tiny, but the portions are anything but.
13) Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, Kahuku
Kahuku is known for a plethora of shrimp trucks, but Giovanni's is by far the most famous.
Which of these places is your favorite? What other Hawaiian restaurants would you add to this list?