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Tita’s Grill

By Abby Sadoy Photos By Nathalie Walker
September 20, 2015

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Garlic Shrimp Combo ($16.50)

Trekking through the scenic, north countryside of Oahu offers historical experiences to more senses than one. Tucked among the stunning, panoramic horizons and twisting, winding roads sits Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), where locals and visitors can get a glimpse — and taste — of different cultures. Earlier this year, the Laie attraction opened its Hukilau Marketplace, a shop-and-eatery-filled gathering place that pays homage to “old Laie.” Right away, patrons are welcomed to its Roulotte Court, a friendly food-truck spot inspired by the “street-eats” scene on the marina in Tahiti. Among the trucks are Taste of Polynesia, Baguette Shack and this week’s feature — Tita’s Grill. The popular and family-owned Kahuku eatery offers a handful of local favorites, perfectly complementing the broad diversity showcased at PCC.

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“You’ll be able to taste a little bit of the Islands here,” says Tita’s Grill co-owner Kingsley Ah You. And with its most popular plate, Garlic Shrimp Combo, a little bit goes a long way. It’s generously served with garlic shrimp, kalbi, mac salad, rice and Polynesian bread, and it’s lightly garnished with green onions. Every savory bite packs ample flavor that satisfies and gratifies no-longer-hungry diners.

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Tita’s Grill

Polynesian Cultural Center
Hukilau Marketplace
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie
293-2225
Monday-Saturday, 7-9 a.m.; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.