Lately I have been doing a pretty good job of bringing lunch and cooking dinner. I find it easier to ensure I'm eating the right stuff when I do that; however, every once in a while I am too lazy. On days I am too lazy to pack lunch, I go somewhere around town. Usually it's a sandwich shop. However, as I've written about before, I am obsessed with deals and airline miles. Certain restaurants in downtown offer airline miles just for dining there. For example, I get 3 airline miles for every dollar spent at Indigo. Well, I just got an email telling me that I get airline miles for eating at the Grand Cafe & Bakery (31 North Pauahi Street - map here).
The "draw" of this place is that they serve healthy, fresh ingredients in a country-style setting. It has the feel of a homestyle diner in downtown Chinatown. As I waited for my order, I noticed that all the dishes that came out had pretty substantial portions, which makes the above-average prices seem more justifiable. I ordered the blackened chicken sandwich and there was a lot of food. The meal itself, which came with fresh, homemade potato chips, was pretty awesome. The chicken was tender and well-seasoned and came on a really soft bun with herb aioli. A co-worker ordered the fish and chips and said he was equally pleased with his order. If you're every looking for a lunch place in Chinatown (and don't feel like Chinese food), I recommend checking this place out.