Sunday, we checked out Kiawe Grill BBQ & Burgers. They have 2 shops in town, one in Kalihi and one in Moiliili.
Recently in Aiea, they opened a 3rd shop and this was the one we checked out. I had read up on the places from here and here.
As soon as you walk in the smell of the barbeque and kiawe wood permeates the place.
Kiawe is also known as the algaroba tree. In Hawaii, we often use this wood in our hibachi (grills) to barbeque with.
The menu was engraved in koa (acacia), a prized wood in the Islands.
We ordered the burgers for lunch.
I took the Kiawe Grill Cheeseburger Deluxe (US $6.25). 6 ounces of beef topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Ketchup, mustard and relish. Smokey, meaty and delicious.
Mom had the Salmon Burger Deluxe (US $6.25). A huge piece of salmon kiawe grilled topped with mayo, tomato, lettuce and onion.
Dad had the Kiawe Grill Hamburger Deluxe (US $5.95). 6 ounces of beef topped with lettuce, tomato and onion. Ketchup, mustard and relish.
We also ordered the Kiawe Grill Special with no rice (US $9.75), to be eaten for another meal. The special included 2 pieces of chicken, 2 kalbi and some teriyaki beef. (This plate is actually made for 1 person, but was enough for the 3 of us.)
This plate came with your choice of korean sides, which you could take up to 14 ounces of. We chose mac salad, kim chi, chap chae and korean potato. Everything was good and the kim chi was HOT!
They also have pulehu style foods too. If I'm not mistaken, pulehu means salted.
CONS: The prices were kind of pricey. The girl at the register had no personality.
PROS: The aroma in the car driving home was unbearable. The food was delicious.
Mom says she'll be back when she needs some foods for a picnic.
Kiawe Grill BBQ & Burgers (UPDATE:5/2013 Aiea location no longer exists)
98-080 Kamehameha Hwy.
1311 N. King Street
2334 S. King Street
p.s. Nate went there also, check out his post too! (UPDATE: Nate passed away and his blog no longer exists)