Used to be a local hangout for the surf/skate culture. Still is, but has enough locations to share the love. Truly adopted by the OC subculture. Patrons are proud to profess their loyalty. Stickers from all the local surf/skate brands coat the walls and booths. What began as a guerilla move has become a stamp of approval. Food-wise, the "grinds" are good and feel like a healthy alternative to other Fish Taco and Mexican food places. No gut-busting fat food hangovers. Friends who've moved out of state often mention how they miss Wahoo's most of all.
If you say the name “King’s Hawaiian Bread”, you don’t often get a ton of reaction. But if you say “The big round bread in the orange package”, you’ll get a lot of “Oh yeah, I love that bread” or “Those rolls are awesome”. I grew up having King’s Hawaiian Bread at family gatherings. My mom used to make dip bowls and large family-sized sandwiches for the 4th of July, Easter and many other casual get-togethers. I still love the sweet, soft stuff. These days, my kids eat King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls at dinner, or in their lunch box, and I make French Toast with it on weekends. Out here in Southern California it’s got a big cult following. In the South Bay they’ve also got 2 restaurants. One is a fast-casual diner called The Local Place Bakery & Cafe, which is right next door to the original bakery. The other is called King’s Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant and its more of a sit down, casual coffee shop. Both are worth visiting to try authentic Hawaiian food and great baked goods. I’ve had a few birthday cakes from there. It’s an indulgent treat that I’d truly miss if I moved somewhere that they didn’t carry it.