You can’t go wrong with ‘local-kine grindz’

A La Carte Columns

April 16, 2017

Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: ELLISE KAKAZU

Garlic Chicken Plate ($10; pictured with Krazy Rice for additional $1)

Garlic Chicken Plate ($10; pictured with Krazy Rice for additional $1)

Kau Kau Grill serves great local grindz. And the eatery has received a lot of recognition, from both locals and tourists, for doing so.

Restaurant manager Ryan Souza explains that some tourists even take a trip to the eatery “straight from the airport,” excited to try its offerings.

And in spite of its strong following, the eatery still retains a down-to-earth outlook.

“We just do our best to give our best local food we can,” Souza notes.

Some items Kau Kau Grill offers on its top-notch menu are Garlic Shrimp, Smoked Meat and Krazy Rice (rice mixed with barbecue sauce and spices).

“The whole menu is really popular,” Souza adds.

Big Boy's Plate ($17)

Big Boy’s Plate ($17)

A great option for those who can’t pick only one item is Any Two-choice Combo (usually $15), which comes with two choices of protein, rice and either tossed or macaroni salad. Customers with a hefty appetite order Barbecue Baby Back Ribs (the restaurant’s best-seller), which are cooked in the oven for about 12 hours, and Pulehu Beef Short Ribs. In fact, the meaty duo is so popular that it now has its own name — Big Boy’s Plate ($17). Another item one should try is Garlic Chicken Plate ($10), a dish featuring succulent pieces of chicken marinated and sautéed in the eatery’s house-made garlic puree, and served with a scoop of rice and either tossed or macaroni salad.

Fried Saimin Combo ($10) — a plate of golden noodles accompanied by sliced, marinated chicken, rice and either tossed or macaroni salad — is another great choice.

Fried Saimin Combo ($10)

Fried Saimin Combo ($10)

No matter what guests order, the eatery’s homestyle cooking and laid back atmosphere will not disappoint.

Souza explains that Kau Kau Grill’s mission is quite simple — “to put smiles on people’s faces.” And its food does just that every time.

Kau Kau Grill

852 Mapunapuna St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone
521 Ala Moana Blvd., Pier No. 2, Honolulu
Monday, Wedneday and Friday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96819

Honolulu, HI 96813

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