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Chuck's of Hawaii Restaurant Review: In spite of its claim to have introduced Santa Barbara to the all-you-can-eat salad bar, Chuck’s is, at its core, a straight-up steakhouse, an old-school institution of hand-cut and simply prepared Angus beef. Ironically, Chuck's restaurants in Hawaii don't have a Hawaiian motif or moniker. Here, tiki torches festoon the entrance and captain’s chairs give a nod to proprietor Larry Stone’s sailing days. Long established on Upper State Street, the beloved restaurant is known for its kitschy ambience and fierce cocktails. The interior is movie-theater dark, the wine list heavy on local labels. While steaks are the main focus of the menu, seafood entrées like broiled prawns, grilled scallops and charbroiled Idaho trout basted with garlic butter are well prepared too, if not particularly creative. Can’t decide? Opt for the classic steakhouse combo: king crab legs (drawn butter on the side) with an eight-ounce Prime top sirloin. For dessert, forget Philadelphia-style cheesecake; it's all about locally made McConnell’s Ice Cream with chocolate wafers on the side.