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Pick these plates of plenty

A La Carte

June 13, 2021

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: A. CONSILLIO

BBQ Ribs (prices vary)

Although it originally started as a food truck, within a few years, Kau Kau Grill co-owners Miles Oyasato and Ty Takishita opened a brick-and-mortar eatery on bustling Mapunapuna Street. This plate lunch place that’s open for lunch Monday through Saturday has been famous ever since for serving up innovatively delicious big helpings of kicked-up comfort food.

Plates also come with rice and tossed salad or the company’s macaroni salad made with spaghetti noodles.

There are lots of mouthwatering choices at Kau Kau Grill that customers can eagerly sink their teeth into, such as the BBQ Ribs, Pulehu Beef Short Ribs, or Garlic Ahi.

For each of these items, a mini portion is $12, regular size is $15 and a half-pan order is $75.

The BBQ Ribs are slowly cooked and obtain a beautiful char when grilled.

Then, they’re generously slathered with carefully crafted homemade barbecue sauce.

Pulehu Beef Short Ribs (prices vary)

Meanwhile, Kau Kau Grill’s Pulehu Beef Short Ribs are sprinkled with black pepper and Hawaiian salt, and then they are perfectly grilled.

For those fish aficionados, the eatery’s Garlic Ahi can make you totally swoon with happiness. This fresh ahi is seared with olive oil and topped with bits of crispy garlic and additional seasonings.

Garlic Ahi (prices vary)

Another awesome selection that patrons can pick is the Trust Us Special ($22). It comes packed with those BBQ Ribs along with the restaurant’s juicy Garlic Shrimp. The staff calls it “trust us,” because customers who order it can be sure it will have great flavors to indulge in.

For those who want a fine mix of meat and seafood, Kau Kau Grill also offers a Mini Ribs and Shrimp combo ($15).

The restaurant also has a unique special item that’s a singular signature of the company, which is the spicy Krazy Rice. It’s flavored with an in-house barbecue sauce, a blend of spices, onions and studded with bits of pulled rib ends. For a minimal extra charge, Krazy Rice can be swapped with the white rice that comes with plates, or it can be bought as an a la carte selection by the scoop.

Trust Us Special ($22)

For people who wish for something extra special to celebrate parties, graduations or any other happy occasion, the restaurant also does catering, so patrons can tailor takeout to their preferences.

Preorder food by calling 808-476-5888.

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