One of my friends on FB posted that question tonight, proclaiming L & L get da’ best. Others mentioned Bob’s BBQ, Rainbow Drive In, Manago Hotel (with Tuna) and Verna’s Drive In, where eva’ that is.
Personally, I’m sticking with this AWESOMELY SIMPLE recipe from the late Waianae Drive Inn, courtesy of AlohaWorld.com (where you’ll find many more GREAT local recipes!)…
WAIANAE DRIVE INN MACARONI SALAD RECIPE
1/4 cup grated carrots
1 cup Best Foods mayonnaise (a must)
1/4 cup milk (also a MUST!)
salt & pepper
Cook macaroni till tender. Add grated carrots, mayonnaise, and milk till well coated. Salt & Pepper to taste.
As noted, Waianae Drive Inn’s Mac’ Salad recipe is kept simple. Definitely no peas, oh GOD no peas in Mac’ Salad! No Tuna. No celery. No kitchen sink. Just some grated carrots for color and a slight flavor contrast and that’s it. The trick is not only that you use Best Foods (Hellman’s) Mayonnaise, but that you use a dash of MILK. The milk gives it that sought-after creaminess and smoothed finish. Plus, Mac’ Salad has to have a good balance of mayonnaise to mac, where it’s not drowning in it, nor not too dry either. Jusssssss’ right!
Richie’s Drive In Mac Salad
Kanak Attack Mac Salad
Nico’s Macaroni Salad