Portland's 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Hawaiian fare

Portland's 4 favorite spots to find inexpensive Hawaiian fare
Big Kahuna's BBQ & Catering | Photo: Jamie K./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 24, 2020.

Craving Hawaiian food?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Hawaiian restaurants around Portland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. The Local Grind

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Topping the list is The Local Grind. Located at 734 S.E. Powell Blvd. in Brooklyn, the caterer and Hawaiian spot, which offers barbecue and more, is the highest-rated budget-friendly Hawaiian restaurant in Portland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 96 reviews on Yelp. 

The site has lots more information about The Local Grind.

"We have been serving TLG at the Keller Fountain since 2007 and opened up at PSU the winter of 2012," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile.

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Island style BBQ and catering," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties.

2. Mgwalexs Hawaiian Grill

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Next up is Cully's Mgwalexs Hawaiian Grill, situated at 4549 N.E. Cully Blvd. With 4.5 stars out of 54 reviews on Yelp, the food truck and Hawaiian spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Mgwalexs Hawaiian Grill.

"We specialize in Hawaiian food and burgers," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

3. Bula Kava House

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Richmond's Bula Kava House, located at 3115 S.E. Division St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly lounge and Hawaiian spot, which offers juices and smoothies and more, four stars out of 110 reviews.

As to what the business is known for, "Kava, a mildly intoxicating yet non-alcoholic root-based beverage, has been used ceremonially, socially and medicinally by the people of many Pacific island nations for over 3,000 years," it states on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "Bula Kava House is the first establishment in Portland to specialize in serving this unique beverage. Drink one or two servings to feel an overall sense of calm." 

4. Big Kahuna's BBQ & Catering

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Big Kahuna's BBQ & Catering, a Hawaiian spot that offers barbecue and more in St.Johns, is another affordable go-to, with four stars out of 108 Yelp reviews. Head over to 7123 N. Lombard St. to see for yourself. 

If you're looking for more, we found these details about Big Kahuna's BBQ & Catering.

"Smoking gluten-free meat's low and slow since 2003," the business notes in the history section of its Yelp profile.

"When you want local, fresh, well-cooked BBQ you can count on us!" the business notes in the bio section of its Yelp profile. 

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