A Taste of the Islands in Rain City (Might Be the Closest We Get to Summer)
I don’t think anyone will argue with me when I say summer 2010 in Seattle has sucked. Half the reason most people endure months of clouds and drizzle is to get to that momentous three months where blue skies and warm weather make Seattle the BEST place to live. I was having an imaginary tell-off (an imaginary fight in my head) with Mother Nature about this very subject when my mind started to drift toward warm sunny destinations. For me, there is only one place: Hawaii. Since the weather wasn’t cooperating and hopping a flight to the islands wasn’t an option I thought I would bring the islands to me – by way of food of course.
Surprisingly, there are several quality Hawaiian restaurants in the area, so if you’ve ever been to Hawaii and had a hankering for traditional “ohana” style food, your fix is not far away. Most recently I tried Kona Kitchen in the Northgate area. The owner, for those of you who are movie buffs is the villain in Karate Kid 2. Kona Kitchen has one of my all-time favorite Hawaiian dishes, kalua pig and cabbage. The tender pork sautéed with cabbage and onions immediately took me right back to Kalapaki Beach in Kauai, sand in my toes, mai tai at my side. Kona Kitchen also boasts a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu featuring a combination of Hawaiian fare (plate lunches, spam and eggs, huli chicken and burgers, omlettes, salmon and more).
Some other island eateries to consider:
- Kauai Family Restaurant – Located in Georgetown, this family run business has been featured on the Food Network and serves breakfast and lunch including plate lunches, saimin, kalua pig, musubi and more.
- Hawaiian Breeze – One of Wallingford’s newest additions, Hawaiian Breeze offers bento boxes, plate lunches including kalua pork and mahi mahi, Loco Moco (a traditional island dish consisting of a hamburger patty topped with a fried egg, gravy and served with rice) and Portuguese sausage.
- Ohana – This Belltown favorite is more popular for their sushi and ambiance but Ohana does have a nice selection of island dishes including ahi tuna salad, curry rice, katsu and pupu platters.
Depending on how the summer shapes up I might be eating at every single one of these places once a week – that should tide me over until next summer – or until I can get out of dodge and get on island time. Until then…aloha!
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