Hawaiians are a hungry people, apparently.
That’s the only explanation I can come up with for anyone purposely eating a plate of beef patties smothered in gravy, topped with a fried egg. And it’s the only possible reason for even attempting to finish a two-pound order of fried chicken cutlets with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad. Not to mention spam wrapped in seaweed.
Welcome to the islands, and Ohana Hawaiian BBQ.
Though it’s not for every taste (or waistline), BiteClub counts itself as a fan of aloha cooking “the quirky Hawaiian mix of Chinese, Japanese and, our own American fascination with all things fried. In few other cultures can you find a menu with sushi, BBQ, deep fried chicken curry and a double cheese gravy burger.
No complaints, mind you. Just sheer astonishment at the bounty of artery-clogging deliciousness.
So, okay, loosen your belt and come on in to Santa Rosa (and now Petaluma’s) taste of the Islands. Best bets: Chicken Katsu (a deep fried, breaded chicken cutlet) with curry; Hawaiian BBQ chicken and, for the more adventurous, Loco Moco (the aforementioned beef, gravy and eggs) and Spam Musubi (think grilled Spam sushi).
All entrees are served with heaping helpings of sticky white rice and creamy macaroni salad. Be assured your daily allowance of carbs will be satisfied for a year or more.
A few lighter options are available, but come on, you’re here to eat like a Hawaiian. Just come hungry.
Ohana Hawaiian BBQ, 2150 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, 707.571.8882.
Also in Petaluma, 205 S. McDowell Blvd., 707.766.8282.