If you’ve been vacationing in Hawaii, you’ve probably picked up a few favorite dishes that you crave from time to time. Depending on where you live, authentic Hawaiian cuisine can be hard to find in your area.
It seems that most of the top-rated restaurants offering Polynesian or Hawaiian-inspired cuisine are in Seattle or Western Washington, where larger populations of Pacific Islanders exist.
Makes sense, but for those of us “tourists” in need of a fix of Loco Moco or lau lau pork, it sure is frustrating to face the shortage of Hawaiian cuisine.
Here’s a list of the best Hawaiian restaurants you might want to try according to Yelp
Kauai Family Restaurant
Operating since 1993 in the Georgetown area of Seattle near Boeing Field, Kauai Family Restaurant has been serving a large and loyal customer base of Hawaiians who live in the Bremerton and SeaTac areas, so you know it’s good!
Owned and operated by actor Yugi Okumoto, whose breakout role came in The Karate Kid Part II as Ralph Macchio’s nemesis. chosen one
Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant
Located in Lynnwood, owner Bobby was born and raised on the island of Moloka’i, and his wife Diane was born on Oahu. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner island style, Kalbi ribs and Kalua pork with slaw.
With locations in Seattle, Kirkland and Bothell, as well as a roaming food truck, Buddah Bruddah features a Hawaiian, Thai and Asian fusion menu.
A location in Kent, Hawaiian BBQ offers a menu of specialty beef, chicken and pork dishes
Ma Kai Marinade
With three locations in West Seattle, Downtown Seattle at 6th & Virginia, and Columbia City, Marination’s Hawaiian-Korean cuisine melts away with delicate heat and aloha flavors.
On 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle, owner Yoshi Matsumoto fuses Hawaiian and Japanese recipes with his two decades of experience. The restaurant takes its name from the signature menu item “Karaage” or Japanese-style fried chicken.
Hawaiian Barbecue L&L
With 250 locations in multiple states, the only Hawaii-based company with over 200 locations, including 7 Washington State restaurants in Burien, Federal Way, Lacey, Lakewood, SeaTac, Renton and Tacoma Mall.
Ono Authentic Hawaiian Poke
In Edmonds and a second Kingston location, Ono Authentic Hawaiian Poke is everything and nothing but poke
Located in Burien, Ohana Kitchen offers Hawaiian and Korean influenced dishes. Their most popular menu items are traditional plate lunches and kimchi fried rice.