It’s difficult to talk about Seattle food without including all the Hawaiian influences, from the rise of poke to the excellent fusion of Korean flavors in places such as the Marination chainlet. During the warm summer months especially, many may crave some comfort food from the islands, whether that’s a perfectly salty Spam musubi for takeout or a dish of kalua pork delivered to one’s door. Here are just a few restaurants around the city that continue to serve up dishes with aloha in abundance. Since services shift often now, it’s best to call ahead to confirm hours — and if you see any changes, or if there’s a spot you’d like to see on the list, send us a tip.Read More
Where to Get Hawaiian Favorites for Takeout in the Seattle Area
Spam musubi, loco moco, huli huli chicken, and more
1. Kona Kitchen
Maple Leaf’s Hawaiian mainstay with memorable loco moco continues takeout service weeks after mourning the loss of owner Liz Mar and her husband Robert, who both died from COVID-19 last month. Mar’s legacy of warmth lives on, as longtime customers have rallied around the restaurant in support.
2. Teddy's Bigger Burgers Greenlake
This Hawaiian fast food chain has one Seattle outpost in Green Lake (and one in Woodinville), specializing in a variety of juicy patties with Hawaiian flavors, such as the Kilauea Fire BBQ and a teriyaki burger with grilled pineapple. There’s preordering available via an app or online.
3. 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar
The poke bar hidden in a Wallingford convenience store won a 2016 Reader’s Choice Eater Award for Best Poke Restaurant. On the menu are red snapper, salmon, and tuna bowls, as well as toppings such as edamame kimchi. Available for delivery via Caviar and DoorDash. (Its South Lake Union offshoot is temporarily closed.)
4. Mike’s Shave Ice
Seattle, WA 98102
This roving pop-up specializes in refreshing flavors of Hawaiian shave ice (such as guava, orange dreamsicle, and pineapple) and has been popping up all around the city, including Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max. While this location reflects its shared kitchen with 20 Oz Tea, fans should keep an eye on Mike’s Instagram page for where it’s headed next.
5. Seattle Fish Guys
Central District’s seafood market was at the forefront of the poke peak years ago with its wonderful bowls. There are excellent seasonal fish by the pound as well, plus rubs to go along with them for both takeout and delivery. Those coming to the shop in person may find some flowers for sale from local farms.
6. Aloha Plates
The newly-renovated Uwajimaya food court is open for limited takeout, and that includes this satisfying fast casual spot, serving up spam with scrambled eggs, huli huli chicken, and friend bananas. Delivery is also available via DoorDash and Postmates.
7. Marination Ma Kai
The well-known Hawaiian-Korean fast casual chain’s West Seattle flagship is right by the water, making it a prime location to get some takeout snacks and frozen booze to cool off. Musubi sliders, kalbi beef tacos, Hawaiian mac salad, and kimchi fried rice are best washed down with a frose or two.
8. Buddha Bruddah
What started as a food truck turned into a fast casual restaurant on Rainier Ave, with combinations of Thai dishes and items inspired by the Hawaiian plate lunch. On the menu for takeout and delivery are kalua pork, grilled gauva chicken, pad thai, garlic fried rice, mac salad, and slaw, available in family meal packs. It also now has backyard barbecue and burger pop-ups going.
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9. Café Kai
Billed as Seattle’s “first musubi cafe,” this unassuming Bremerton spot has earned accolades for its take on the classic dish. In addition to the traditional version flavored with teriyaki, there’s also vegan musubi with kimchi, a version with Redondo’s Hot Dogs from Oahu, and a Spam bacon avocado option. Available for drive-thru only at the moment, with card payments preferred.
Despite the pandemic and the West Seattle bridge closure, this fried chicken specialist is now open again for takeout only. Items include the popular fried birds (available on toasted Hawaiian rolls), mac n’ kimcheese, triple garlic fried rice, spam musubi, and whole banana cream pies. Delivery available through Caviar.
11. Super Six
Columbia City’s brunch favorite is back in action for takeout and limited dine-in on its patio, with a selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and spam sliders, as well as a Hawaiian twist on French toast (malasada loaf, macadamia nuts, coconut, and salted toffee syrup). There are also cocktails, wine, and beer available to-go.
12. Sam Choy's Poke to the Max
Seattle’s “godfather of poke” has platters and family meals created for 3-5 people. Diners can mix and match various proteins, such as katsu chicken and kalua pork, with rice and a variety of sides (raw fish options are on the regular menu). The Columbia City location also offers delivery for the first time ever.
13. Kauai Family Restaurant
This Georgetown gem — known for its affordable prices and friendly service — has served up Hawaiian classics for more than 25 years, with all-day breakfast dishes, spam musubi, katsu, mac salad, and kalua pork. It’s currently open for takeout Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
14. Patrick's Café & Bakery
This tiny house-turned-cafe serves up easygoing Hawaiian favorites and satisfying sweets, like pineapple scones and colorful cakes). Savory classics like loco moco and kimchi fried rice are always a safe bet, but if you just need a quick morning bite, try one of the cafe’s famous cinnamon rolls or the haupia, which is topped with a light coconut frosting and crushed macadamia nuts. — Marika Malaea