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August 2005



Hawaiian Food……..from North to South…….

Auwe….. in the first year plus of our NW Hawai`i Times newspaper’s existence, Kathy and I have done some real fun holoholo/walk-arounds the Pacific Northwest area….searching for places that Hawaiians frequent and activities that Hawaiians enjoy doing. Since eating seems to top the list of favorite Hawaiian type activities, I thought it would be nice to stop for a moment to do a listing of some of our favorite eating places so that you all can drop in when you get the yen to taste foods with a Hawaiian flavor. The restaurants listed below all cater to the taste buds of us Pacific NW Hawaiians which means most have hapa-haole/ “plate lunch style” Hawaiian menus. You can get kalua pig/Hawaiian stew/hamburger steak/Portuguese sausage & eggs/Spam & eggs/Loco Moco/ etc at most of them but only a few have poke or poi on their menu.

Everett, WA: Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant 1909 Hewitt Ave , Everett , WA . One of the few places with real back home style menu with poke, poi, laulau, etc. Live Hawaiian music most Fri/Sat evenings…

Mukilteo, WA: Tiny Bubbles Café 11811 Mukilteo Speedway…..limited menu….salads and bubble teas are specialty.

Lynnwood, WA: L&L 19709 Hwy 99 – Fast food concept, just like back in Hawaii ….good food at reasonable prices…medium sized seating area…good place to order take home food….

Duvall, WA: Lei’s Family Style Restaurant 15715 Main St. Next time you want to “take a walk in the country” as the Makaha Sons song goes, drive out to Lei’s where the air is fresh and clean…Mixed menu, great view…

Kirkland, WA: Waimea Brewing Co Restaurant 111 Central Way …mixed Hawaiian/haole menu… Hawaiian reggae music most weekends…nice view…home brewed “Hawaiian” beers…

Seattle: Hawaiian BBQ 5016 University Way NE. Small café in the UW area where many students from Hawaii eat; mixed menu/good food/great prices….

Seattle: Kona Kitchen Restaurant 8501 5th Ave, just south of Northgate Mall. Hawaiian Luau special dinner on Sundays…nice/family setting….Hawaiian music jams a couple times a month….

Seattle: Ohana Restaurant 2207 1 st Ave …Down in the middle of Seattle ’s Belltown (“where the action is”); mixed menu; Hawaiian musicians featured Wednesday night; young Hawaii hangout…

Seattle: The Islander 96 Union St….unique/Asian inspired menu in fun/tropical setting. Great view from deck seating….

Seattle: Kauai Family Restaurant 6324 6 th Ave. S. in the Georgetown area; medium sized with good variety Hawaiian menu; usually crowded for lunches; best Hawaiian cakes in the Pacific NW area (from co-located Kauai Desserts bakery)

Seattle: Maxi’s Lounge SeaTac Red Lion Inn. Serves “plate lunch” cuisine on special evenings (monthly) when variety of Hawaiian entertainment is on.

SeaTac: Ginger Palace 16720 International Blvd, located in the Ramada Inn; great food; Hawaiian music Friday evenings.

Kent, WA: Saimin Says 26124 pacific Highway S. Small, friendly place; mixed menu; great saimin.

Vancouver, WA: Patrick Chang’s Hawaiian Café 316 SE 123 rd Ave, off I-205; mixed menu, live Hawaiian music weekends.

Vancouver, WA: Tommy O’s 801 Washington St . Just off I-5, before going over the bridge between Vancouver/Portland; mixed menu; live Hawaiian music Thursday-Saturday evenings.

Portland, OR: Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grill 515 SW Carolina St. in Sellwood area, not the easiest to get to but worth trip; mixed menu; live Hawaiian music Thurs-Saturday.

Portland, OR: Noho’s Hawaiian Café 2525 SE Clinton …small place, mixed menu/great food at good prices; usually packed weekend evenings

Beaverton, OR: Kauai Island Grill 822 NW Murray Blvd. Tiny but comfortable place; mixed menu; fantastic dessert items.

Oregon City, OR: Maui Camp Third …..small place in older section of town….rep as place Hawaiians go for food…

I haven’t been to the following places yet but my informed sources tell me they cater, food and music wise, to our Pacific NW Hawaiian community…

Spanaway, WA: Cues & Cushions/Café 808 is a Hawaiian/Reggae music site (weekends) serves Hawaiian style plate lunches

Tacoma, WA: Polynesian Grill 10518 S. Tacoma Way .

Tacoma, WA: Aloha Oasis 3011 6 th Ave.

Selah, WA: Teriyaki Grill of Selah 723 N. Park Centre.

I’m sure there are other Hawaiian flavored eateries around the Pacific Northwest and if you know of them, please let me know…..

Gotta go, time to hele on….until next time…a hui hou……Danny

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