Island Grinds

Two new Hawaiian fast-food joints are bringing down-home Asian fusion to Houston.

You can choose from several flavors of Hawaiian Sun juice drinks at Aloha Grill, including my favorite, "Pass-O-Guav." There's also iced green tea and the regular soft drink choices.

Talk about your recession-era budget lunch. At the Aloha Grill, there's a wide selection of Hawaiian plate lunches for under five dollars. You can get a teriyaki bowl for three-fifty. At Little Island Grill, lunches start at $4.60.

Loco moco is the Hawaiian version of soul food.
Robb Walsh
Loco moco is the Hawaiian version of soul food.

Location Info


Aloha Grill

11805 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77077

Category: Restaurant > Hawaiian

Region: Memorial


Little Island Grill Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 11 p.m. Sundays.

Shrimp kebab: $3.69

Loco moco: $5.59

Lunch plate: $5.39

Kalua pork dinner: $6.99

Aloha Grill Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Spam musubi: $1.49

Terikayi bowl: $3.50

Mahi mahi dinner: $6.75

Kalua pork dinner: $6.75

Little Island Grill 6383 Westheimer, 713-780-3381.
Aloha Grill 11805 Westheimer, 832-379-8883.

Granted, the Formica tables, walk-up counters and serve-yourself drinks don't offer much in the way of atmosphere. But this isn't fine dining. And when you compare what you get at these two Hawaiian fast-food joints to what you'd get for the same money at McDonald's, you have to agree: The island grind is da kine.

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