Often referred to as the ninth island, Las Vegas is an unlikely hub for Hawaiian cuisine. The high number of Hawaiian visitors and residents — many of whom were originally drawn to Las Vegas by a Boyd Gaming advertising campaign dreamed up by one-time Honolulu resident Sam Boyd, means that is easy to find musubi, poke, barbecue, teriyaki, and Spam all over town. Here, a look at 20 Hawaiian restaurants that serve island fare in the desert.Read More
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1. Lulu Hawaiian BBQ
Las Vegas, NV 89131
Lulu Hawaiian BBQ features a wide range of lunch plates including a Spam musubi plate, a chicken katsu option, and a fried shrimp saimin plate. The menu also includes teriyaki bowls and low-carb Hawaiian barbecue specials served with eggs instead of rice.
2. Kau Kau Kitchen
Outfitted with bright green walls and tiki grass, Kau Kau Kitchen offers plate lunches with tuna egg patties, teriyaki beef, and garlic chicken plus saimin won ton noodles, Hawaiian breakfast plates, and french fries topped with kalua pig, cheese and green onion.
3. Aloha Hawaiian BBQ
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ has two Las Vegas locations that specialize in seafood plates such as fried mahi mahi, shrimp curry, and fried scallops. The menu also includes musubi, saimin, udon, and oxtail soup.
4. Kapuna Cafe
Kapuna Cafe is a Hawaiian breakfast and lunch spot with an Asian influence. Diners love the restaurant’s signature mochi pancakes and the all-day Alpha breakfast special featuring eggs with fried rice and a choice of Spam, Portuguese sausage, Vienna sausage or bacon. The menu also includes Hawaiian barbecue chicken musubi, burgers topped with teriyaki sauce, and pineapples and chantilly cream puffs on the weekend.
5. Suha Bites Sushi Burrito & Hawaiian BBQ
Suha Bites specializes in Hawaiian barbecue entrees including combination plates with options including hamburger steak, garlic shrimp, and short ribs. The restaurant also offers sushi burritos, such as the Hawaiian-inspired Suha Bite burrito filled with crab, Spam, pineapple, and fried onions.
Cinnamon’s is known for its massive pancakes that come in flavors such as guava chiffon, red velvet, and pistachio cream. Hawaiian specialties here include Hawaiian sweet bread French toast stuffed with mango cream cheese, loco mocos, char-grilled Huli-Huli chicken, Island-style chilequilles made with kalua pig and pineapple pico de gallo, and a Hawaiian omelet stuffed with butterfish and Lau Lau pork.
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7. California Noodle House
Located inside perennial Ninth Island destination The California, this noodle shop serves Asian fare with a Hawaiian influence. Diners love the restaurant’s oxtail fried rice, Hawaiian-style wonton soup with fish cake, and pork and braised oxtail with curry and carrots.
8. Aloha Specialties
This little restaurant inside the California favors the slogan “Aloha spoken here.” Diners can order chicken adobo, kalua pig, and cabbage plus teriyaki and noodles. The saimin, plate lunches, and rice bowls are always popular and the wicker chairs here are always packed.
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9. Pacific Island Taste
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Just steps away from Fremont Street, Pacific Island Taste is a hidden downtown spot with just four tables that specializes in Hawaiian breakfast plates, musubi, poke bowls, and specialities such as ahi nachos, pork hash and cone sushi.
10. Island Style
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Spam is a staple on the Hawaiian islands, and fans of Island Style love the fried rice with Spam here. The menu also features Korean favorites such as bulgogi and cold noodles with kalbi.
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11. Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs
This family owned and operated restaurant with roots in Reno offers Hawaiian breakfast specialties including loco moco, fried spam and eggs, teriyaki pork with eggs, and rice and beef chili with eggs.
12. Paina Cafe
Chinatown’s Paina Cafe is a Hawaiian export with two other locations in Honolulu. The casual restaurant prides itself on simple, fresh poke bowls, plate lunches and salads. The Las Vegas menu features build-your-own poke bowls plus curated options and fried salmon plates, kalua pig bowls, and Asian slaw salad.
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13. Hawaiian Style Poke
Hawaiian Style Poke offers sushi-style Hawaiian fare with poke, a marinated raw tuna, and other seafood, served over rice, over salad greens, or by itself.
14. Aloha Kitchen
Musubi, a rice dish with Spam wrapped in nori, is one of the most popular dishes here. Aloha Kitchen has five locations in Las Vegas and is a popular destination for daily karaoke featuring a rotation of popular Hawaiian songs.
15. Squeeze In
With two locations in Las Vegas open every day for breakfast and lunch, Squeeze In serves an Aloha Aikane omelet (translation: “Hello friend!”) that’s filled with ham, pineapples, and sautéed in honey. The menu also includes banana and walnut pancakes named after Hawaiian singer Jack Johnson.
16. Makai: Pacific Island Grill
Makai Pacific Island Grill specializes in customizable Hawaiian barbecue. Diners can choose from proteins such as chicken katsu and Pulehu steak, add rice, and then select sides including kimchee slaw, macaroni salad, and sweet corn.
17. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
It would be remiss to leave this chain off the list of Hawaiian spots. Barbecued short ribs, a barbecue teriyaki plate, and more are just some of the specialties here. Find 13 locations in Las Vegas.
18. Ohana Hawaiian BBQ
This Hawaiian-owned spot with four locations in Las Vegas is known for lunch plates with their barbecue fare. Diners can stop in for stir-fried udon with beef, minute chicken cake noodles plus musubi, saimin noodles, and wings.
19. Island Flavor
Island Flavor is helmed by chef Darcy Ambrosio, who grew up on the Big Island. His menu features katsu loco moco, kalbi ribs, and lau lau (steamed taro leaves wrapped around chunks of fish and pork). Loco moco features rice with a fried egg and brown gravy on top. There are two Island Flavor locations in Las Vegas.
20. Island Sushi & Grill
Terence Fong, owner of Island Sushi and Grill, believes in serving Japanese and Hawaiian fare under the same roof at an affordable price. The menu here includes fresh poke, an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian brunch every Sunday plus 50 percent off sushi specials every Thursday through Sunday.