Food review – Hawaiian Hut

I’m not sure if it’s got something to do with the economy or other factors, but I just haven’t been seeing many interesting developments in the world of fast food. As such, the fast food portion of my blog is shifting more towards the intermediate, sit-down, but still fast restaurants that seem to be popping up around here lately.

So today I am reviewing the Hawaiian Hut. Located at the River Road and State street intersection between Green Leaf and Kibu cafe, The Hawaiian Hut is as the name suggests, Hawaiian cuisine.. apparently. I say apparently because I don’t really know what Hawaiian food is like. The menu seems to be mostly made up of a meat item served with rice and fruit. There are also a few salads, barbecue ribs and grilled salmon, etc. It seems like this is the only restaurant of the chain, but they have a franchise link on their site, so maybe more will come.

I was unsure what to get so I took the cashiers advice and hat the Teri Hamburger Steak in the smaller size. It consisted of two small hamburger patties cooked in a very weak teriyaki sauce with a pineapple ring on each. The burgers were served on a bed of diced avocado, mango and tomato with a side of rice and some raw pineapple slices. Everything was about as one would expect. In fact I think I was a little let down that it wasn’t any weirder than it was. It was all tasty though. I think the avocado and mango were the best part for me.

The bottom line is that Hawaiian Hut has some pretty good food, but the value (nine dollars and change for a small meal and drink) is not really there. I think the bright simulated cabana decor might be a draw for the place, especially on a cold day like this, but the price tag still seems a little off when you consider that I can totally pig out next door at Kibu for less. Still, definitely worth a try, and could be a nice place for dates, etc.

Hawaiian Hut Teri Hamburger Steak – 7/10 stars

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3 thoughts on “Food review – Hawaiian Hut

  1. The thing I’ve been noticing lately is how ridiculously cheap fast food is. Most places I go to eat in Chicago are $20–30 a meal for two people. I could probably get just as full at Burger King or McDon’s for like $6–8.Almost makes me wish I ate meat again. But when you’re paying $9 for lunch, it really makes you appreciate what it took to get that food to you.

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