A Taste of Hawaii in Las Vegas
Aloha! I am originally from O’ahu, Hawai’i and have migrated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Often times I am asked, “Why would you leave Hawai’i?” Well, it’s simple, Hawai’i is expensive! Many former Hawai’i residents now reside in Las Vegas anyway so why not make my first big move here?
Since living here, I’ve been reluctant to try local restaurants that remind me of home. Finding Hawaiian food or any restaurant that has Hawai’i roots is important for me because that is my way of supporting local. I am able to find comfort while dining at these restaurants. A little piece of home away from Home.
One of the first restaurants I tried when I moved here was Aloha Kitchen. I frequent here a lot because it is so close to where I live and they have really good food! I mean, it is so close I could walk there but of course, I’m not trying to exercise (especially with the Vegas heat) so I’ll opt for the two minute drive.
So, what do I order from Aloha Kitchen? SIMPLE! My go-to choice is their Kalua Pig & Cabbage plate. I hope you like shredded pork because this is a MUST HAVE! Anytime I’m really missing Hawai’i, I have to eat Kalua Pig because it’s like a staple Hawaiian entree. A little on the salty side but the cabbage helps to balance everything.
Kalua Pig & Cabbage
- 2 scoops White rice
- 1 scoop Mac Salad
- ONLY $8.49!!
Although, there are times when I don’t feel like eating Kalua Pig & Cabbage because you know, I should try more items on their menu. I’ve been on a long crave for Chicken Katsu. I don’t know why I always crave this entree now but every time I order it… immediate satisfaction! My mouth is literally salivating right now because I want to eat Chicken Katsu.
What is it? Chicken Katsu is Panko crusted chicken fillets served with Japanese Katsu sauce on the side. Similar to BBQ sauce. At Aloha Kitchen, they also serve Chicken Katsu with 2 scoops of White rice and 1 scoop of Mac Salad on the side.
While these two are my go-to favorites for Hawaiian food outside of Hawai’i, there are so much more delicacies I WISH more restaurants would make. If you ever come across a Hawaiian restaurant in your area, I definitely recommend you try it. I’d say most times you won’t be disappointed. Besides, we all know a plane ticket to Hawai’i (JUST FOR FOOD) is going to be way overpriced than supporting a local restaurant in the area. Usually, most Hawaiian restaurants will play Hawaiian/Reggae music to give that island vibe as well so you’ll somewhat feel like you’re in Hawai’i.
Hope you enjoyed reading my very first post! Don’t forget to follow my Instagram @psamyeats for more food posts throughout my travels. Aloha until next time!
Aloha Kitchen Locations:
2605 S Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
4466 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
4745 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89119