(Food Carts Portland article -- 1/12/12)
(Second Review -- February 2012)
(Third Review -- May 2012)
Flyin' Hawaiian is a Hawaiian fusion food cart located at the SE 52nd and Foster food pod in Portland, Oregon.
It's weird how a random trek to SE Portland confirmed how small the world can be. Knowing that several carts in the Foster pod had moved or closed up for winter, I wanted to see which carts remained -- and if there were any new arrivals. Flyin' Hawaiian was one of the newbies in the pod. I was born and raised in Hawaii, so any time I see a Hawaiian-style food cart, I just walk in a hypnotic state, almost compelled to try the food.
Jason Manolian and his business partner, Rusty Silva, opened Flyin' Hawaiian in early December 2011. Amazingly, Jason is not only from Hawaii, but lived no more than two minutes from my house, mere steps from Aiea High School (no, we didn't know each other prior to this food cart visit). Before opening this cart, Jason had worked in the restaurant business for several years.
Scanning the menu, I spotted the word "habanero." Win! Jason has two types of habanero sauce for his wings (pineapple habanero and mango habanero), along with four milder options. And when I say wings, I mean the whole wing...think Pok Pok large. These wings appear to be fried naked, resulting in golden-brown crispy skin and juicy meat.
|Regular menu (January 2012)|
|Specials for 1/10/12|
|Big Kahuna Burger for $10!|
|Three whole wings with pineapple habanero and mango habanero sauces|
Check out Flyin' Hawaiian ASAP!