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Honolulu’s Foremost Hawaiian-Cajun Fusion Restaurant Hits the Mainland

The popular spot is making a break for Pasadena of all places

Crackin’ Kitchen, Honolulu
Crackin’ Kitchen
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Here’s a rather unexpected expansion: Crackin’ Kitchen, a Hawaiian-Cajun concept restaurant with a loyal following in Honolulu, is expanding to Pasadena. The move is still in the early stages, but if all goes well the place should be up and running by early summer.

If you haven’t had the joy of experiencing Crackin’ Kitchen yet, just know that the spot is massively popular in Waikiki, and sits just steps from the beach. The restaurant follows a familiar pattern of DIY seafood enjoyment, where shellfish and sides are ordered by the pound and splayed out of the table to dig into barehanded.

It’s a model that has already proven immensely popular at places like The Boiling Crab stateside, though Crackin’ Kitchen has the added benefit of using some more localized Hawaiian flavors and serving rather inventive cocktails.

Crackin’ Kitchen takes over the former Live Mixx Lounge location along Colorado Boulevard, just east of the main Old Pasadena drag. An email in to the company in Hawaii confirms the expansion, though an exact timetable is still forthcoming. In the meantime, get a feel for what’s to come with this interactive walk-through of the Honolulu original.

Crackin’ Kitchen
115 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA