OK, Hawaii is my favorite place EVER!!!!! I love the laid back Aloha life style, I love the culture, I love the ocean and beaches, I love the flowers, I love the grinds and so much more. So, if you are like me and are missing the islands may I suggest that you hit up 808 Grinds No matter what you are craving they are sure to have exactly what you’re looking for.
Some of my personal favorite dishes that I love to make at home (I have Celiac and unfortunately for me teriyaki sauce and soy sauce have gluten in them, booo) are kalua pig, loco moco, and shoyu chicken. All of these items are on the menu at 808 Grinds and are traditional Hawaiian grinds that you would find in a plate lunch.
Don’t know what a plate lunch is? It’s typically a protein with a scope of rice and mac salad, because no Hawaiian meal is complete without rice and mac salad.
I know that many folks associate SPAM® with Hawaii as well. So why is this canned ham so popular? Well, according to the SPAM® website Hawaii’s love for SPAM® began during World War II. You see SPAM® was given to those stationed in Hawaii because it has a long shelf live and doesn’t need refrigeration. Not going to lie, it is pretty tasty. I know that SPAM® Musubi, seared marinated spam over rice, wrapped in nori (seaweed), is a very popular dish and you can try it at 808. Not everyone gets SPAM® but you have to try it at least once so why not try it at 808. I mean my husband is even willing to eat it when we are in Maui so long as it’s in his fave – breakfast fried rice. LOL.
Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth they have you covered there too with banana cream pie, guava chiffon cake, sweet potato-haupia pie or chocolate haupia pie. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
So, if your mouth is now watering too you may be wondering where you can go grab some grinds. 808 Grinds has several locations:
Hillsboro – 1035 NE 25th Ave
Beaverton – 10100 SW Park Way, PDX 97225
808 Grinds Food Cart – Gigantic Brewery – 5226 SE 26th Ave, PDX 97202
Oh, and if you’re looking for someone to cater your next luau or party hit them up.
Aloha, and go enjoy some grinds.