9 Hawaiian Chain Restaurants You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

While we might not have all the mainland chain restaurants in Hawaii you know and love (we’re taking Chipotle and Olive Garden, among others), you will find countless eateries unique to the islands. From quick cuisine to fine dining and local flavor to Japanese and Italian restaurants, these local chains absolutely must be added to your Hawaiian restaurant bucket list. Here are some of the best spots for fast food in Hawaii:

Did we miss any of Hawaii’s best chain restaurants? Which of these places would you miss most if you ever moved away from the islands?

Address: Bangkok Chef, 1627 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Address: Zippy's Kapahulu, 601 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Address: Big City Diner, 3565 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Address: Assaggio Bistro/Kahala, 4346 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Address: Fresh Catch Kapahulu, 1113 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Address: The Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai, 6600 Kalaniana?ole Hwy Suite 110, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
Address: Teddy's Bigger Burgers, 335 Keawe St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Address: Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, 510 Piikoi St, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Address: Merriman's Big Island, 65-1227 Opelo Rd B, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
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Fast Food in Hawaii

July 28, 2022

What are some of the most popular Hawaiian fast-food chains?  

Hawaii is a little world all on its own way out in the Pacific Ocean, so there’s no surprise that it ended up with some fast-food chains that exist only here. Some of the most popular Hawaiian fast-food chains include delicious gems like Aloha Melt Waikiki, which serves up some of the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and handmade soups you’ll ever eat, and Rainbow Drive-In is an iconic restaurant in Hawaii where you can get barbecue, Mahi Mahi, and so much more. If you’re a connoisseur of places to eat in Hawaii, you can’t miss these local fast-food joints!  

What fast food chains in Hawaii can only be found in Hawaii?  

Believe it or not, Hawaii is special in the sense that we’ve got plenty of restaurants – both fast-food establishments and sit-down spots. Some of our favorite fast-food chains in Hawaii you’ll only find here on the islands are places like Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. It’s not just a Hawaiian original: it’s also one of the best places to grab a burger in Hawaii, if not the entire United States. The burgers are juicy and flavorful, with little Hawaiian twists in all the right places. There’s also the deli-style delight known as Fresh Catch which, at the time of this writing, has two locations in Hawaii (and only in Hawaii).  

What is the most popular Hawaiian chain restaurant?  

Interestingly, the three most popular chain restaurants in Hawaii are not local at all. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those restaurants are McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Subway, which is the #1 fast food restaurant on the islands in general. Some of the much-beloved, popular Hawaiian chain restaurants include ones like Zippy’s, which serves up beloved local dishes, and Bangkok Chef, one of the most delightful Thai restaurants in Hawaii and, overall, just a tasty place to be. We also love Roy’s, which now has locations not just in Hawaii but also in the mainland United States and parts of Asia!  

Address: Bangkok Chef, 1627 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Address: Zippy's Kapahulu, 601 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Address: Big City Diner, 3565 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Address: Assaggio Bistro/Kahala, 4346 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Address: Fresh Catch Kapahulu, 1113 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Address: The Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai, 6600 Kalaniana?ole Hwy Suite 110, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
Address: Teddy's Bigger Burgers, 335 Keawe St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Address: Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, 510 Piikoi St, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Address: Merriman's Big Island, 65-1227 Opelo Rd B, Waimea, HI 96743, USA