Island Grill Hawaiian Barbeque is a food cart located on SW 9th Ave. and SW Alder St. in Portland, Oregon. They serve their take on classic Hawaiian plate lunches, from loco mocos to shoyu chicken.
|Pictures of their food on their food cart|
|Mini shoyu chicken with macaroni salad on the side|
First, the positives. The shoyu chicken was of the bone-in variety, giving the chicken itself more flavor than if it was a boneless cut of meat. The chicken did fall off the bone pretty nicely and had decent flavor. Local Boyz still wins for best shoyu chicken in Oregon, though. No contest there.
But then, the mac salad. My friend and I agreed it was atrocious. I for one thought it was the worst Hawaiian mac salad attempt I've ever eaten at a food establishment. The macaroni, which was already overcooked, was still room temperature to lukewarm. Mac salad of this nature must be cold. Why? Because then the mayonnaise in the mac salad doesn't thin out like this one did.
But the worst part of all: the mac salad looked plain and had no flavor. Absolutely bland. No peppery bite, no color from shredded carrots. A complete abomination. My friend said he would have given this mac salad a negative rating. If my rating scale had a negative number option, I'd be right along with him.
There is already another Hawaiian BBQ place in the same area: 808 Grinds. Yeah, 808 Grinds is a lot better (see my review on that one).
Island Grill gets at least some credit for the chicken, but that's really it. The mac salad will forever stay in my mind for all the wrong reasons.