While I do try to seek out great, new, exciting foods Oregon has to offer, I also, from time to time, like to return to my roots and see if places in Oregon can pull off stunning authentic Hawaiian plate lunches. I got their kalua pork brown rice bowl with steamed vegetables, plus a side of their macaroni salad ($8 total).
|Kalua pork bowl w/brown rice and steamed vegetables underneath
|Hapa Grill's macaroni salad
Hapa Grill gets decent marks for their macaroni salad, which was served cold in its own container. I liked the shredded carrots in the mac salad. I do appreciate that there's not a ton of mayonnaise in the mac salad, but I'm sure there will be people who prefer it creamier with more mayo. It still had a little creaminess, which was nice. However, it needed a touch more salt and a bunch of black pepper to really make me go "wow."
Hapa Grill's decor features a bunch of Hawaiian-themed items and artwork. Perhaps to others, it may be pretty cool to see, but for me, I really wasn't buying it.
Hapa Grill is basically average here in all respects. Not horrible, but nothing to make me remember this place in a real positive light. 5.25/10