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One lazy day, looking for a quick meal, we stopped at the Kauai Island Grill. I was very disappointed. I have tried this place in the past and the food seems to have gotten worse over time. The BBQ chicken was dry and I could've cooked a better one myself. It looked like someone just took a slab of chicken breast and threw it over the rice. Served with it was rice, some bland cabbage buried at the bottom of the chicken and a very, very sm serving of mac salad. The kalua pork was even worse. It was bitter and tasted like gasoline. Even if it's further away, I'd recommend driving some place else. Not only is the food tastier, the presentation is better looking in the take out-box, for Pete's sake. I should of trusted my instincts when I saw how empty this place was.

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★☆☆☆☆

One lazy day, looking for a quick meal, we stopped at the Kauai Island Grill. I was very disappointed. I have tried this place in the past and the food seems to have gotten worse over time. The BBQ chicken was dry and I could've cooked a better one myself. It looked like someone just took a slab of chicken breast and threw it over the rice. Served with it was rice, some bland cabbage buried at the bottom of the chicken and a very, very sm serving of mac salad. The kalua pork was even worse. It was bitter and tasted like gasoline. Even if it's further away, I'd recommend driving some place else. Not only is the food tastier, the presentation is better looking in the take out-box, for Pete's sake. I should of trusted my instincts when I saw how empty this place was.

Pros: Quick food in a sm mall area w/parking

Cons: Mediocre food

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HE SWIPED THE DRINK OFF THE COUNTER WITH HIS HAND?? - Jim?? - Today
Initially I had high hopes for the Kauai Island Grill coming to town. I thought that it would at least have more variety than Nohos. But I was completely disspointed with their food and their service. At least at Nohos before, they had a nicer staff. They were friendly, even though their food didnt have that much variety. But KIG has variety, but all of the food is the same. Its dry, some of my beef was burnt. I thought that there was at least some sort of vegetables inside, but all i got was some macroni salad. After eating a few bites, i couldnt take it anymore. Everything was just meat meat and more meat. And the meat wasnst very good either. Id rather go to the korean restaurant downtown, at least their meat has some sort of flavor and it's not so dry. I miss Nohos. KIG is another example of a restaurant that has taken away the atmosphere and serves food so mechanical and so tasteless. In reference to the guys and their negative comments about this place, I can see why. I can attest to what happened. I too saw him spill the drink all over the counter, and then used his bare hands to swipe the smoothie back into the cup. He hesitated and stood there staring off into space wondering what he should do, and then he decided to give that away to a customer. How much does a soda cost? he did it front of everyone. Thats so nasty!!

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★☆☆☆☆

HE SWIPED THE DRINK OFF THE COUNTER WITH HIS HAND?? - Jim?? - Today
Initially I had high hopes for the Kauai Island Grill coming to town. I thought that it would at least have more variety than Nohos. But I was completely disspointed with their food and their service. At least at Nohos before, they had a nicer staff. They were friendly, even though their food didnt have that much variety. But KIG has variety, but all of the food is the same. Its dry, some of my beef was burnt. I thought that there was at least some sort of vegetables inside, but all i got was some macroni salad. After eating a few bites, i couldnt take it anymore. Everything was just meat meat and more meat. And the meat wasnst very good either. Id rather go to the korean restaurant downtown, at least their meat has some sort of flavor and it's not so dry. I miss Nohos. KIG is another example of a restaurant that has taken away the atmosphere and serves food so mechanical and so tasteless. In reference to the guys and their negative comments about this place, I can see why. I can attest to what happened. I too saw him spill the drink all over the counter, and then used his bare hands to swipe the smoothie back into the cup. He hesitated and stood there staring off into space wondering what he should do, and then he decided to give that away to a customer. How much does a soda cost? he did it front of everyone. Thats so nasty!!

Pros: Cheap prices

Cons: Unhygenic habits

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Ohana? Sorry man, I gotta say that your food was not up to Local Hawaiian Style Grindz, more catered to the Haole taste. The Teriyaki chicken wasn't marinated well and tasted funny. The mac salad didn't have enough, Hawaiian gravy - Mayonnaise! I've had so much better grindz at Kauai Island Grill, Bamboo Grove and even L&L Barbecue. The Kalua cabbage was an insult to local cuisine. Not enough salt or smoke. To you local's out there. Gotta pass on this one. No Ono!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ohana? Sorry man, I gotta say that your food was not up to Local Hawaiian Style Grindz, more catered to the Haole taste. The Teriyaki chicken wasn't marinated well and tasted funny. The mac salad didn't have enough, Hawaiian gravy - Mayonnaise! I've had so much better grindz at Kauai Island Grill, Bamboo Grove and even L&L Barbecue. The Kalua cabbage was an insult to local cuisine. Not enough salt or smoke. To you local's out there. Gotta pass on this one. No Ono!

Pros: EASY TO FIND IN BEAVERTON

Cons: FOOD NOT LIKE BACK HOME

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I have not had their laulau, my experiences here are with noodles, burgers and beef plates.
The ordering process: Good so far.
The wait: Too long, one reason I avoided this place whenever I can.
The food: The Burgers were flavorful enough, nothing to complain about
except it seemed a tad smallish.
As for the Saimin noodles, I'd never order that again at the place.
The Beef plate looked appearing but the taste couldn't match the
appeal sort of speak.

If the food was dirt cheap it might be forgivable but for the price I couldn't help but think I was jipped somehow.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have not had their laulau, my experiences here are with noodles, burgers and beef plates.
The ordering process: Good so far.
The wait: Too long, one reason I avoided this place whenever I can.
The food: The Burgers were flavorful enough, nothing to complain about
except it seemed a tad smallish.
As for the Saimin noodles, I'd never order that again at the place.
The Beef plate looked appearing but the taste couldn't match the
appeal sort of speak.

If the food was dirt cheap it might be forgivable but for the price I couldn't help but think I was jipped somehow.

Pros: good burgers

Cons: service too long

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Howzit!?
Another Hawaiian eatery owned and cooked by Philippino cooks. Ordered a Chicken Katsu which is average. However, the Katsu sauce is the worst I have ever tasted. A mixture of soy sauce, Worcestershire and water. Terrible. My late grandma can make 'bettah' sauce than 'dis'. Come on, $7 and I can 2 pieces of cutlets, some cabbage, 2 scoops rice and a scoop of macaroni that falls apart with no taste? Next!

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★☆☆☆☆

Howzit!?
Another Hawaiian eatery owned and cooked by Philippino cooks. Ordered a Chicken Katsu which is average. However, the Katsu sauce is the worst I have ever tasted. A mixture of soy sauce, Worcestershire and water. Terrible. My late grandma can make 'bettah' sauce than 'dis'. Come on, $7 and I can 2 pieces of cutlets, some cabbage, 2 scoops rice and a scoop of macaroni that falls apart with no taste? Next!

Pros: Close to everything

Cons: Sauce not dakine, mac salad falls apart

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I came to this place after it was open for a few weeks or so, the menu on the wall looks great, the pictures of the food looks like a typical Hawaiian BBQ place. I was thinking so at least I found a new Hawaiian BBQ a few minutes from my house. I ordered a chicken combo and beef combo for my wife, it was about $15.00. As I got home I was excited cause I was hungry. Sorry to disappoint you all, the rice was so soggy, the chicken was very bland, it didn't have much flavor and my wife tired the beef it was tough to chew and swallow. After a few bites she stop eating, I had to forced myself to eat a few more pieces of chicken, I was telling her, I don't want to waste the $15.00 I just paid. Eventually, I just gave up and we had to throw most of the food away and we had to go out and get some more food.

I don't want to be mean but it was really really terrible and it wasn't worth the $15.00. Ever since then we never went back to this place, and every time we wanted Hawaiian BBQ we go to Ono or some other places.

PS I gave it two stars, I can't be mean.

I drive by this place every night, it is pretty empty most of the time, mmm what happened to those who rated 4 or 5 stars and said the food was soooo good? Where are you guys now to support this restaurant? Was the food really that good or you guys just gave a high rating?

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★☆☆☆☆

I came to this place after it was open for a few weeks or so, the menu on the wall looks great, the pictures of the food looks like a typical Hawaiian BBQ place. I was thinking so at least I found a new Hawaiian BBQ a few minutes from my house. I ordered a chicken combo and beef combo for my wife, it was about $15.00. As I got home I was excited cause I was hungry. Sorry to disappoint you all, the rice was so soggy, the chicken was very bland, it didn't have much flavor and my wife tired the beef it was tough to chew and swallow. After a few bites she stop eating, I had to forced myself to eat a few more pieces of chicken, I was telling her, I don't want to waste the $15.00 I just paid. Eventually, I just gave up and we had to throw most of the food away and we had to go out and get some more food.

I don't want to be mean but it was really really terrible and it wasn't worth the $15.00. Ever since then we never went back to this place, and every time we wanted Hawaiian BBQ we go to Ono or some other places.

PS I gave it two stars, I can't be mean.

I drive by this place every night, it is pretty empty most of the time, mmm what happened to those who rated 4 or 5 stars and said the food was soooo good? Where are you guys now to support this restaurant? Was the food really that good or you guys just gave a high rating?

Pros: Price okay

Cons: Soggy rice, food was bland

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When it first opened, I thought this would be an improvement on the other offerings in the city. With the advent of several other chains and like Onos, the competition is pretty fierce for authentic Hawaiian food. The menu doesn't exactly exude Hawaiian other than the barbecue meats, macaroni salad, rice plates and the spam musubi; it's actually more of a fast food version of Korean barbecue, cross westernized Japanese food (katsu and teriyaki), and noodles. The portions are generous as I ordered a chicken combo plate to go ($6.00) which comprised of barbecued marinated chicken (tasty with sweet flavor) and chicken katsu (breaded and fried with sweet katsu sauce on the side) on a bed of cooked cabbage (normally raw in Hawaii), a large scoop of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. It was very filling as I was already full after eating about 2/3rd of the plate. They used to have a self serve sauce station, but they now give the prepacked sauces with your order. A good point is that they do serve the food warm, unlike many fast food places who leave them under heat lamps (pre-cooked). Can't wait to make my trip to back home to the island to get the real island flavors.

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★☆☆☆☆

When it first opened, I thought this would be an improvement on the other offerings in the city. With the advent of several other chains and like Onos, the competition is pretty fierce for authentic Hawaiian food. The menu doesn't exactly exude Hawaiian other than the barbecue meats, macaroni salad, rice plates and the spam musubi; it's actually more of a fast food version of Korean barbecue, cross westernized Japanese food (katsu and teriyaki), and noodles. The portions are generous as I ordered a chicken combo plate to go ($6.00) which comprised of barbecued marinated chicken (tasty with sweet flavor) and chicken katsu (breaded and fried with sweet katsu sauce on the side) on a bed of cooked cabbage (normally raw in Hawaii), a large scoop of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. It was very filling as I was already full after eating about 2/3rd of the plate. They used to have a self serve sauce station, but they now give the prepacked sauces with your order. A good point is that they do serve the food warm, unlike many fast food places who leave them under heat lamps (pre-cooked). Can't wait to make my trip to back home to the island to get the real island flavors.

Pros: Served quickly

Cons: Low quality

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BEST authentic Hawaiian food in Portland. Cooked fresh before your eyes. These are hard working, warm hearted people who will serve you authentic Hawaiian food AND also the favorite tourist dishes too. As for the cranky customer whose mother in law or something was asked not to take up space in this tiny but wonderful eatery, because she just wanted to sit there and eat an apple, WOULD SHE DO THAT IN THE BENSON HOTEL? Please, people. Respect. Appreciation. It goes both ways. Avoid the terrible construction that snarls traffic on Murray by coming in the back way on NW Science Park Drive. You WON'T want to wait until the Murray/Cornell construction is complete.

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★★★★★

BEST authentic Hawaiian food in Portland. Cooked fresh before your eyes. These are hard working, warm hearted people who will serve you authentic Hawaiian food AND also the favorite tourist dishes too. As for the cranky customer whose mother in law or something was asked not to take up space in this tiny but wonderful eatery, because she just wanted to sit there and eat an apple, WOULD SHE DO THAT IN THE BENSON HOTEL? Please, people. Respect. Appreciation. It goes both ways. Avoid the terrible construction that snarls traffic on Murray by coming in the back way on NW Science Park Drive. You WON'T want to wait until the Murray/Cornell construction is complete.

Pros: Fresh food, Great Flavors, and they CATER.

Cons: None. A small place for great food.

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We've been twice...
Positives:
- Pleasant setting at least makes the hours it takes for a meal less burdensome.
- Didn't get food pois@ning.
- Didn't smell bad.

Negatives:
- Service is VERY slow, but sometimes not surly.
- Food is sometimes good. It can come out at different times- so it's either cold or someone has to eat while others are waiting.
- They sometimes add gratuity without warning you ahead of time and can add service charges.
- I could go on, but if you're up for a hopefully rare experience in poor dinning- check it out yourself.

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★☆☆☆☆

We've been twice...
Positives:
- Pleasant setting at least makes the hours it takes for a meal less burdensome.
- Didn't get food pois@ning.
- Didn't smell bad.

Negatives:
- Service is VERY slow, but sometimes not surly.
- Food is sometimes good. It can come out at different times- so it's either cold or someone has to eat while others are waiting.
- They sometimes add gratuity without warning you ahead of time and can add service charges.
- I could go on, but if you're up for a hopefully rare experience in poor dinning- check it out yourself.

Pros: Food sometimes good

Cons: Slow service, staff not that friendly like back home in the

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Loved da poi!
We were talking story in no time.. was like being home on kauai. Hamuras' (famous on Kauai) simin is good and fresh.
Looked plenty clean and run by ohana (family) jus like local style. we would use to cater a party too!
Mahalo!

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★★★★☆

Loved da poi!
We were talking story in no time.. was like being home on kauai. Hamuras' (famous on Kauai) simin is good and fresh.
Looked plenty clean and run by ohana (family) jus like local style. we would use to cater a party too!
Mahalo!

Pros: good folks,food good

Cons: none

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Seriously, grossest loco moco ever. At first I was revolted by the cabbage. WTF isn't the gravy supposed to be covering the rice not warm greens? But then I took a bite and decided I liked the cabbage; it was the hamburger patty I couldn't stand. It was quite blackened, not the way burgers are supposed to be blackened but blackened in that the bread crumbs soy or whatever they used to form patties with burned. Seriously. It was probably half ground beef and half filler, making for the most disgusting dense texture ever. It was the texture of "all white meat" in McDonald's chicken nuggets, like they took pureed beef, mixed it with binders, and grilled it. EW. The sauce was also really sweet, and made even all the more sweeter by the cabbage. I ended up just eating the eggs (which to their credit still had the runny yolks intact) with rice and half of the mac salad. There goes $6

The only reason that this doesn't get 1 star is because the chicken katsu, teri beef and teri chicken are okay. At least those items are edible.

But seriously. Heed the advice of all these reviews and drive a little further to one of the other local grind restaurants in Beaverton, but stay away from here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Seriously, grossest loco moco ever. At first I was revolted by the cabbage. WTF isn't the gravy supposed to be covering the rice not warm greens? But then I took a bite and decided I liked the cabbage; it was the hamburger patty I couldn't stand. It was quite blackened, not the way burgers are supposed to be blackened but blackened in that the bread crumbs soy or whatever they used to form patties with burned. Seriously. It was probably half ground beef and half filler, making for the most disgusting dense texture ever. It was the texture of "all white meat" in McDonald's chicken nuggets, like they took pureed beef, mixed it with binders, and grilled it. EW. The sauce was also really sweet, and made even all the more sweeter by the cabbage. I ended up just eating the eggs (which to their credit still had the runny yolks intact) with rice and half of the mac salad. There goes $6

The only reason that this doesn't get 1 star is because the chicken katsu, teri beef and teri chicken are okay. At least those items are edible.

But seriously. Heed the advice of all these reviews and drive a little further to one of the other local grind restaurants in Beaverton, but stay away from here.

Pros: Close to everything

Cons: Rude staff and bad food

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Hawaiian food sounds like it would taste good doesn't it?
I think of fresh fruits and teriyaki sauces and delicious, edible food when it comes to local food back home.
Maybe that's cause I've lived there all my life. First of all, why dear God, does everything come with macaroni salad? Is it, perhaps, because macaroni doesn't go bad?
I decide to be adventurous anyhow, (bad idea). I got the "Lau Lau" and Kahua combo.
I opened the classy white styrofoam container to be confronted with a strong and pungent smell. I saw a steaming pile of thick grasses or palm fronds. I scoop all of that aside and see it has been stuffed with pork, to steam it kind of like a hawaiian tamale. A hawaiian tamale that smelled like craip.
I think to myself "I eat stuff that smells bad all the time and it tastes good."
I take a bite of the Lau Lau and it smelled like smelly feet and I couldnt eat it. It tastes very...earthy. With a bitter, earthy green flavor. That is the best I can do to describe the taste. The smell was like gym shoes stuffed with spinach.
I tried to eat the other shredded pork and cabbage, which wasn't even that bad, but all I could smell was the Lau Lau. Oh God, I'm getting queasy thinking about it.
So I left my styrofoam container on the table, walked outside and next door to the Plaid Pantry, where I got an edible burrito.
Is this everyone's experience when they are not familiar with Hawaiian food? I was expecting tender and TASTY pork,which is not what I got at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

Hawaiian food sounds like it would taste good doesn't it?
I think of fresh fruits and teriyaki sauces and delicious, edible food when it comes to local food back home.
Maybe that's cause I've lived there all my life. First of all, why dear God, does everything come with macaroni salad? Is it, perhaps, because macaroni doesn't go bad?
I decide to be adventurous anyhow, (bad idea). I got the "Lau Lau" and Kahua combo.
I opened the classy white styrofoam container to be confronted with a strong and pungent smell. I saw a steaming pile of thick grasses or palm fronds. I scoop all of that aside and see it has been stuffed with pork, to steam it kind of like a hawaiian tamale. A hawaiian tamale that smelled like craip.
I think to myself "I eat stuff that smells bad all the time and it tastes good."
I take a bite of the Lau Lau and it smelled like smelly feet and I couldnt eat it. It tastes very...earthy. With a bitter, earthy green flavor. That is the best I can do to describe the taste. The smell was like gym shoes stuffed with spinach.
I tried to eat the other shredded pork and cabbage, which wasn't even that bad, but all I could smell was the Lau Lau. Oh God, I'm getting queasy thinking about it.
So I left my styrofoam container on the table, walked outside and next door to the Plaid Pantry, where I got an edible burrito.
Is this everyone's experience when they are not familiar with Hawaiian food? I was expecting tender and TASTY pork,which is not what I got at all.

Pros: Located on Google map

Cons: Not like back home

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This is actually a NO STAR review.

I have eaten at this location a few times in the past. But this the last time. But I don't know that I will make this mistake again after yesterday. I also heard from a friend that they might have recently changed management. Well, they need to change again! Cuz "THIS PLACE S&CKS!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I called here on my way to work because they always take so long to fill an order. So a guy answers and says, "Can you hold, I have to give this guy his change" and he puts down the phone. So, 17 min and 38 seconds later, as I am still on my phone and walking into the location, the girl at the front picks up the phone. I explain that I was the person on the phone and have been for the above mentioned time. She apologizes saying that she didn't even know the phone was there.

So, whatever, I will vent later because I was the dumba&s that stayed on the phone the whole time, but I had a mission to my madness. I had planned on complaining to management about the employee who put me hold.

I place my order and as I am looking around, the restaurants is half empty with only two other customers. And other than the girl at the front counter, there is one other guy in the kitchen talking to the cook. The girl is obviously uncomfortable because she can tell from the smoke coming out of my ears and the horns protruding from my forehead that I am heated. To top it off, the cook and other guy are in no rush to fill my order. What nonsense I could ream from the cooks diatribe, his mother was also fed up with his useless as&.

So, I am still standing there waiting and the girl keeps looking in the kitchen, hoping that any second the food will be placed on the counter before the pitchfork I am holding is used to destroy her and all those that dare cross the threshold. She finally realizes that the fate of the world is in her hands and she goes into the kitchen and I watch her remove my chicken katsu from the fryer and chop it up to put in my container. All the while, I am watching Beavis and Butthead continue their futile attempt of the English language. UUGGGHHHH!

So I get my order and I ask the poor girl, who the other guy working the counter is and she tells me his name is "Simon" (ha, figures). I ask when would be the best time to speak to a manager. She tells me, "That's the cook", yes, this is comical. The air is completely let out of my balloon and all I can do is laugh. Steam is dissipated, horns retract and my pitchfork magically goes "poof" and disappears. Really? What is the point?

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★☆☆☆☆

This is actually a NO STAR review.

I have eaten at this location a few times in the past. But this the last time. But I don't know that I will make this mistake again after yesterday. I also heard from a friend that they might have recently changed management. Well, they need to change again! Cuz "THIS PLACE S&CKS!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I called here on my way to work because they always take so long to fill an order. So a guy answers and says, "Can you hold, I have to give this guy his change" and he puts down the phone. So, 17 min and 38 seconds later, as I am still on my phone and walking into the location, the girl at the front picks up the phone. I explain that I was the person on the phone and have been for the above mentioned time. She apologizes saying that she didn't even know the phone was there.

So, whatever, I will vent later because I was the dumba&s that stayed on the phone the whole time, but I had a mission to my madness. I had planned on complaining to management about the employee who put me hold.

I place my order and as I am looking around, the restaurants is half empty with only two other customers. And other than the girl at the front counter, there is one other guy in the kitchen talking to the cook. The girl is obviously uncomfortable because she can tell from the smoke coming out of my ears and the horns protruding from my forehead that I am heated. To top it off, the cook and other guy are in no rush to fill my order. What nonsense I could ream from the cooks diatribe, his mother was also fed up with his useless as&.

So, I am still standing there waiting and the girl keeps looking in the kitchen, hoping that any second the food will be placed on the counter before the pitchfork I am holding is used to destroy her and all those that dare cross the threshold. She finally realizes that the fate of the world is in her hands and she goes into the kitchen and I watch her remove my chicken katsu from the fryer and chop it up to put in my container. All the while, I am watching Beavis and Butthead continue their futile attempt of the English language. UUGGGHHHH!

So I get my order and I ask the poor girl, who the other guy working the counter is and she tells me his name is "Simon" (ha, figures). I ask when would be the best time to speak to a manager. She tells me, "That's the cook", yes, this is comical. The air is completely let out of my balloon and all I can do is laugh. Steam is dissipated, horns retract and my pitchfork magically goes "poof" and disappears. Really? What is the point?

Pros: close to home

Cons: Bad service

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I'm very confused when reading these reviews. All these reviews talking about rude service from hosts and hostesses and waitresses make NO sense to me at all.

KIG is big enough to fit 8 or 9 people tops. You walk in and there is no wait staff, you go up to the counter and order your food at the counter and pick it up at the counter.

The staff has been friendly to me EVERY time I go there. Talking about island life, jiu jits, just shooting the sh|t with me anytime.

The BBQ Chicken and Katsu is what I go there for. I'm not a huge fan of their mac, I think it's got too much mayo in it... but I've heard from all of my islander friends that it's how you eat Mac on the island.

Go in and see for yourself if you like it or don't and don't listen to all these naysayers that can't possibly be talking about KIG

Mike

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★★★★☆

I'm very confused when reading these reviews. All these reviews talking about rude service from hosts and hostesses and waitresses make NO sense to me at all.

KIG is big enough to fit 8 or 9 people tops. You walk in and there is no wait staff, you go up to the counter and order your food at the counter and pick it up at the counter.

The staff has been friendly to me EVERY time I go there. Talking about island life, jiu jits, just shooting the sh|t with me anytime.

The BBQ Chicken and Katsu is what I go there for. I'm not a huge fan of their mac, I think it's got too much mayo in it... but I've heard from all of my islander friends that it's how you eat Mac on the island.

Go in and see for yourself if you like it or don't and don't listen to all these naysayers that can't possibly be talking about KIG

Mike

Pros: Katsu, BBQ Chicken, Staff

Cons: I'm not a huge fan of their Mac

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Whats worse than a case of the limp beer d**k?

Limp "Hawaiian BBQ" terriyaki chicken.

Whats worse than limp "Hawaiian BBQ" terriyaki chicken?

Limp "Hawaiian BBQ" terriyaki chicken in a combo plate for an outrageous sum of $7 after starving for the whole day because you were too p!ssed off to eat.

for "the Yelp handy information on this business", under "Good for:"?
I clicked on nothing. so should you.

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★☆☆☆☆

Whats worse than a case of the limp beer d**k?

Limp "Hawaiian BBQ" terriyaki chicken.

Whats worse than limp "Hawaiian BBQ" terriyaki chicken?

Limp "Hawaiian BBQ" terriyaki chicken in a combo plate for an outrageous sum of $7 after starving for the whole day because you were too p!ssed off to eat.

for "the Yelp handy information on this business", under "Good for:"?
I clicked on nothing. so should you.

Pros: Hawaiian atmosphere

Cons: Poor quality food

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I have been reading these reviews and had to find out for myself, if this place was as bad as they said it was. Yep they were right. A friend and I were having dinner one evening and after we were finished, cockro@ches started to emerge from underneath the table and began crawling toward the plates of food. It was so disgusting the waitress even noticed the sight and quickly grabbed a napkin and threw in on top of the table were the cockro@ches were having a buffet. Now I know and I am a believer. Yeah

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been reading these reviews and had to find out for myself, if this place was as bad as they said it was. Yep they were right. A friend and I were having dinner one evening and after we were finished, cockro@ches started to emerge from underneath the table and began crawling toward the plates of food. It was so disgusting the waitress even noticed the sight and quickly grabbed a napkin and threw in on top of the table were the cockro@ches were having a buffet. Now I know and I am a believer. Yeah

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Too many cockro@ches

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horrid food!!! the only thing i liked was the white rice. I got bbq chicken first time i went there. it was a thin piece of greasy chicken, flavorless macaroni salad and a ton of rice. wth? i vowed never to go there again. but i did go, i was hungry that day and i decided to order something different thinking that maybe i just didnt order the right thing first time there. i got "seafood". it was shrimp and some other fried fish. but tell me, where was the fish at? it was like giant breading hiding tiny tiny pieces of shrimp and fish w/ a bunch of oil. its not completely bad i guess if ur starving, but the teryaki place that used to be there was better and a lot faster. food is very flavorless at Kauai Island Grill.

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★☆☆☆☆

horrid food!!! the only thing i liked was the white rice. I got bbq chicken first time i went there. it was a thin piece of greasy chicken, flavorless macaroni salad and a ton of rice. wth? i vowed never to go there again. but i did go, i was hungry that day and i decided to order something different thinking that maybe i just didnt order the right thing first time there. i got "seafood". it was shrimp and some other fried fish. but tell me, where was the fish at? it was like giant breading hiding tiny tiny pieces of shrimp and fish w/ a bunch of oil. its not completely bad i guess if ur starving, but the teryaki place that used to be there was better and a lot faster. food is very flavorless at Kauai Island Grill.

Pros: Close to work and home

Cons: Greasy and flavorless

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Ron Callahan started waiting tables at the Kauai Island Grill restaurant in 2006, after retirement from Trimet 2 years ago. He later completed a culinary degree and worked his way up through various restaurants until he settled down as a cook at the Kauai Island Grill . He always said this is what he wanted to do in life.
In 2007, his success story began to unravel. For no apparent reason -- except a visceral dislike for homosexuals -- Callahan's supervisor in Beaverton began a campaign of harassment, including publicly announcing, "I've got to get rid of this fagg@t."
A year later Ron Callahan was, in fact, fired, ironically for "creating a hostile work environment."
Callahan was saved by geography: Beaverton is in Washington County--the only county in Oregonwith an ordinance that outlaws anti-gay discrimination.
If any evidence were needed that Oregon should extend anti- discrimination protection to homosexuals, the egregious treatment of Ron Callahan by the Kauai Island Grill should do nicely.
In a final ruling on Thursday, the Washington County Human Rights Commission ordered the KIG to rehire Callahan and pay him about $20,000 in back pay and $10,000 in damages.
What happened to Callahan should not happen to any worker in Oregon: A person's right to hold a job and make a living should depend on performance and qualifications, not employer bias.
Yet legislation to that effect has been proposed in Oregon since 1974 only to be shot down by predictable, if increasingly unpersuasive, arguments, from fears of pedophilia to biblical injunctions against homosexuality.
"I believe it's a great day for Washington County," said Paul Vickrey, Callahan's lawyer. "The sooner discrimination against homosexuals is stamped out, the better we are."
If you want more information on this, pickup last months Willamette Weekly. This restaurant will be a one star as far as I am concerned.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ron Callahan started waiting tables at the Kauai Island Grill restaurant in 2006, after retirement from Trimet 2 years ago. He later completed a culinary degree and worked his way up through various restaurants until he settled down as a cook at the Kauai Island Grill . He always said this is what he wanted to do in life.
In 2007, his success story began to unravel. For no apparent reason -- except a visceral dislike for homosexuals -- Callahan's supervisor in Beaverton began a campaign of harassment, including publicly announcing, "I've got to get rid of this fagg@t."
A year later Ron Callahan was, in fact, fired, ironically for "creating a hostile work environment."
Callahan was saved by geography: Beaverton is in Washington County--the only county in Oregonwith an ordinance that outlaws anti-gay discrimination.
If any evidence were needed that Oregon should extend anti- discrimination protection to homosexuals, the egregious treatment of Ron Callahan by the Kauai Island Grill should do nicely.
In a final ruling on Thursday, the Washington County Human Rights Commission ordered the KIG to rehire Callahan and pay him about $20,000 in back pay and $10,000 in damages.
What happened to Callahan should not happen to any worker in Oregon: A person's right to hold a job and make a living should depend on performance and qualifications, not employer bias.
Yet legislation to that effect has been proposed in Oregon since 1974 only to be shot down by predictable, if increasingly unpersuasive, arguments, from fears of pedophilia to biblical injunctions against homosexuality.
"I believe it's a great day for Washington County," said Paul Vickrey, Callahan's lawyer. "The sooner discrimination against homosexuals is stamped out, the better we are."
If you want more information on this, pickup last months Willamette Weekly. This restaurant will be a one star as far as I am concerned.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Discriminates against g@ys

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I eat here all the time. But today I opened the Oregonian and I read this. "Fifteen members of a tour group got sick several hours after eating at a
the Kauai Island Grill restaurant. The tourists reported severe nausea, vom!ting, and
abdominal cramps. Health officials said that the symptoms and short onset
pointed to the illness staphylococcal gastroenteritis.
The source of the illness was later identified as the Choc Haupia Squares that
the group ate for dessert. Leftover pastries tested positive for Staphylococcus
aureus. The restaurant??s cook also tested positive for the pathogen."
I've have been eating here for years and at times I have noticed the ones preparing the food, rubbing and picking his face and nose, and not always washing his hands after cutting meats and other food items. That may be the culprit in this problem. I hope after this experience, they will learn from this. You have to keep a sanitary kitchen at all times.

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★☆☆☆☆

I eat here all the time. But today I opened the Oregonian and I read this. "Fifteen members of a tour group got sick several hours after eating at a
the Kauai Island Grill restaurant. The tourists reported severe nausea, vom!ting, and
abdominal cramps. Health officials said that the symptoms and short onset
pointed to the illness staphylococcal gastroenteritis.
The source of the illness was later identified as the Choc Haupia Squares that
the group ate for dessert. Leftover pastries tested positive for Staphylococcus
aureus. The restaurant??s cook also tested positive for the pathogen."
I've have been eating here for years and at times I have noticed the ones preparing the food, rubbing and picking his face and nose, and not always washing his hands after cutting meats and other food items. That may be the culprit in this problem. I hope after this experience, they will learn from this. You have to keep a sanitary kitchen at all times.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: sick from eating contaminated food

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I read all of these 1 star reviews and now I understand that their heart isn't in it when it comes to running the Kauai Island Grill?
My suggestion if you're looking for Hawaiian.
Please go to L&L .

Or just go to the store and get some Spam, rice, eggs and ketchup.lol
Not per se my fave, but better than this place imho.

Suggestions of a few success factors for them
1) You need to cook good food
2) You need to know how to take an order
3) You neee to deliver the right food
4) The place has a lot of people in it (speaks to the quality)
5) Get rid of the styrofoam packaging - a lot of hawaiian places (and others) are doing this whether you eat in or take out - yuk
6) You at least "fake it till you make it" and pretend that you like to
have a Hawaiian restaurant.

In an attempt to be witty...
I was wondering if I should give this advice to show that this place is
seriously lacking:
If you want to go, open your car door, lean over and put your head
in the doorjamb. Slam the door. Repeat.
If you still want to go inside, at least you'll be numbed.
Hopefully you'll think, "You know, maybe I should go to Noho's or L&L in Beaverton also.

But if you go inside and they're actually good, let us all know.
The three times there for us couldn't have been more wanting.

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★☆☆☆☆

I read all of these 1 star reviews and now I understand that their heart isn't in it when it comes to running the Kauai Island Grill?
My suggestion if you're looking for Hawaiian.
Please go to L&L .

Or just go to the store and get some Spam, rice, eggs and ketchup.lol
Not per se my fave, but better than this place imho.

Suggestions of a few success factors for them
1) You need to cook good food
2) You need to know how to take an order
3) You neee to deliver the right food
4) The place has a lot of people in it (speaks to the quality)
5) Get rid of the styrofoam packaging - a lot of hawaiian places (and others) are doing this whether you eat in or take out - yuk
6) You at least "fake it till you make it" and pretend that you like to
have a Hawaiian restaurant.

In an attempt to be witty...
I was wondering if I should give this advice to show that this place is
seriously lacking:
If you want to go, open your car door, lean over and put your head
in the doorjamb. Slam the door. Repeat.
If you still want to go inside, at least you'll be numbed.
Hopefully you'll think, "You know, maybe I should go to Noho's or L&L in Beaverton also.

But if you go inside and they're actually good, let us all know.
The three times there for us couldn't have been more wanting.

Pros: Close to home

Cons: Everything

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A cook exposed himself to his mother while were enjoying our lunch yesterday at the Kauai Island Grill after becoming enraged at being searched for money that he alledgely stole, We were shocked at this kind of behavior that we got up and left without paying. The cook asked his mother ??Do you want to search this?? as he dropped his pants in front of all the customers there.
The mother asked her son to remove his shoes and then he completely lost it..

??He pulled down his trousers and pants to completely expose himself, then turned to his mother and asked angrily, ??Do you want to search this??? You could hear a needle drop when this occured. The customers were shocked at this kind of behavior, especially to his own mother.
I guess with all the bad publicity this place has received over the past years, I guess he had reached his breaking point.

If you want a little dining excitement this is the place to come. But for family atmosphere, I will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

A cook exposed himself to his mother while were enjoying our lunch yesterday at the Kauai Island Grill after becoming enraged at being searched for money that he alledgely stole, We were shocked at this kind of behavior that we got up and left without paying. The cook asked his mother ??Do you want to search this?? as he dropped his pants in front of all the customers there.
The mother asked her son to remove his shoes and then he completely lost it..

??He pulled down his trousers and pants to completely expose himself, then turned to his mother and asked angrily, ??Do you want to search this??? You could hear a needle drop when this occured. The customers were shocked at this kind of behavior, especially to his own mother.
I guess with all the bad publicity this place has received over the past years, I guess he had reached his breaking point.

If you want a little dining excitement this is the place to come. But for family atmosphere, I will not be returning.

Pros: Strange events

Cons: Dysfunctional mother and cook

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I am giving this one star because zero stars is not an option! This is some of the worst food I have ever eaten. "Serving food from the Island" what Island? Alcatraz? Even the rice was old and inedible. Awful. We have tried this place several times hoping they would improve - we live in the neighborhood - my husband is Hawaiian. We really wanted to support them, but the food is just awful. They serve sweet and sour sauce with their Chicken Katsu! I ordered the BBQ chicken - it looked so bad I could not even bring myself to taste it, neither could husband. Even shoyu could not save the bad rice. Go to Noho's instead or make the trip up to L&L also in Beaverton. Both are more authentic and delicious.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am giving this one star because zero stars is not an option! This is some of the worst food I have ever eaten. "Serving food from the Island" what Island? Alcatraz? Even the rice was old and inedible. Awful. We have tried this place several times hoping they would improve - we live in the neighborhood - my husband is Hawaiian. We really wanted to support them, but the food is just awful. They serve sweet and sour sauce with their Chicken Katsu! I ordered the BBQ chicken - it looked so bad I could not even bring myself to taste it, neither could husband. Even shoyu could not save the bad rice. Go to Noho's instead or make the trip up to L&L also in Beaverton. Both are more authentic and delicious.

Pros: nice people

Cons: Awful food, kind of on the bland side

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A Beaverton restaurant that was unsafe enough to fine, was not unsafe enough to close, reports the Oregonian.
The Beaverton restaurant has been fined $19,090 after a series of inspections over a three-year period found evidence of improper food handling.

Violations included failure to ensure food was protected from contamination, failure to ensure high-risk food was stored at proper temperatures, failure to ensure equipment and utensils in contact with food were sanitary, and failure to ensure handwashing stations were properly supplied with soap and papertowels.

Even after several inspections and warnings violations continued, Chief Inspector Richardsson said.

"You'd think that they'd be on their absolute best behaviour, but the violations continued."

The Kauai Island Grill was never closed during the process and received a clean bill of health from inspectors last month.

Why was the establishment never closed? And why don??t the inspection reports available online mention that the establishment has been taken to court? Seems like a waste of a disclosure system if the information available to the public doesn??t communicate health risks associated with an establishment.

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★☆☆☆☆

A Beaverton restaurant that was unsafe enough to fine, was not unsafe enough to close, reports the Oregonian.
The Beaverton restaurant has been fined $19,090 after a series of inspections over a three-year period found evidence of improper food handling.

Violations included failure to ensure food was protected from contamination, failure to ensure high-risk food was stored at proper temperatures, failure to ensure equipment and utensils in contact with food were sanitary, and failure to ensure handwashing stations were properly supplied with soap and papertowels.

Even after several inspections and warnings violations continued, Chief Inspector Richardsson said.

"You'd think that they'd be on their absolute best behaviour, but the violations continued."

The Kauai Island Grill was never closed during the process and received a clean bill of health from inspectors last month.

Why was the establishment never closed? And why don??t the inspection reports available online mention that the establishment has been taken to court? Seems like a waste of a disclosure system if the information available to the public doesn??t communicate health risks associated with an establishment.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Crosscontamination problems, due to untrained staff

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Now I'm the type of guy that enjoys some fatty food once in a while. I would order the Hamburger steak at the KIG, which is in my opinion one of the most fat-filled fast food restaurant there is. But after eating their Chicken Katsu, I even feel nauseous. The first few pieces tasted delicious because of the breaded part on the outside and the creamy, lean meat on the inside. After those few peices, you will no longer be flavored-shock to the nasty fat and its texture just under the bread. Ooh, it's texture is a horrible experience. I imagine the fat layer is thicker than the breaded part. I threw away the rest of the food. I'm having migraines right after eating Chicken Katsu, and I'm never going to order that again.

But this place isn't without its good food. Try the volcano chicken combo or the loco moco bowl. Volcano chicken is like the spicy version of Chicken Katsu, and either there is less fat, or you don't notice it as much because of its good sauce. As for the Hungry Man for $13.50 You'll get everything. But the sauce in it gave me something that I ended up in the hospital for 3 days after a stomach pump. And for their combos, half of the takeout box (they serve their combos like this whether or not you order dine-in) is filled with steamed rice and a sorry-excuse for vegetables. The vegetable side for Loco Moco combo is refrigerated macaroni that is coated with a thick layer of mayo sauce.

On another note, their steam rice is the best rice I have ever tasted from any restaurant.
But I think the Teriyaki Expresses like they got back in the Islands is the real thing. For this It doesn't come close to island cooking. Maybe they would fare better using Maui Extension cookbook recipes.

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★☆☆☆☆

Now I'm the type of guy that enjoys some fatty food once in a while. I would order the Hamburger steak at the KIG, which is in my opinion one of the most fat-filled fast food restaurant there is. But after eating their Chicken Katsu, I even feel nauseous. The first few pieces tasted delicious because of the breaded part on the outside and the creamy, lean meat on the inside. After those few peices, you will no longer be flavored-shock to the nasty fat and its texture just under the bread. Ooh, it's texture is a horrible experience. I imagine the fat layer is thicker than the breaded part. I threw away the rest of the food. I'm having migraines right after eating Chicken Katsu, and I'm never going to order that again.

But this place isn't without its good food. Try the volcano chicken combo or the loco moco bowl. Volcano chicken is like the spicy version of Chicken Katsu, and either there is less fat, or you don't notice it as much because of its good sauce. As for the Hungry Man for $13.50 You'll get everything. But the sauce in it gave me something that I ended up in the hospital for 3 days after a stomach pump. And for their combos, half of the takeout box (they serve their combos like this whether or not you order dine-in) is filled with steamed rice and a sorry-excuse for vegetables. The vegetable side for Loco Moco combo is refrigerated macaroni that is coated with a thick layer of mayo sauce.

On another note, their steam rice is the best rice I have ever tasted from any restaurant.
But I think the Teriyaki Expresses like they got back in the Islands is the real thing. For this It doesn't come close to island cooking. Maybe they would fare better using Maui Extension cookbook recipes.

Pros: Best rice I've ever had

Cons: Food not that authentic

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Laboratory tests on the source of an E. coli outbreak in the Beaverton/Portland Area that may have sickened 2 people are expected as early as Wednesday after a second closure of the Kauai Island Grill for E Coli..

Health officials said the two cases are confirmed as E. coli O157, and initial testing shows it is a different strain from the one found in the Beaverton Restaurant.

"We need to keep an open mind and not focus on one particular food establishment as the source of illness at this stage of the investigation," said Dr. Doug Hansen, associate medical officer of h@alth for that Region.

"Closing of this food establishment is a precautionary measure, and does not indicate the restaurant as the source."

If this restaurant is with the other restaurants that have been closed it could mean it could be that they share the same food supplier. Investigators are checking possible food sources, other establishments and distributors.

People are asked to contact Oregon's public h@alth dep@rtment if they experience the following symptoms:

Blo@dy diarrhe@ and severe abdominal pain, with or without fever, between the dates of Saturday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 24.
Severe diarrhe@, with or without bl@od, and severe abdominal pain, with or without fever, and ate at the Kauai Island Grill, off of Murray Blve. between Saturday, Feb 11 and 24.

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★☆☆☆☆

Laboratory tests on the source of an E. coli outbreak in the Beaverton/Portland Area that may have sickened 2 people are expected as early as Wednesday after a second closure of the Kauai Island Grill for E Coli..

Health officials said the two cases are confirmed as E. coli O157, and initial testing shows it is a different strain from the one found in the Beaverton Restaurant.

"We need to keep an open mind and not focus on one particular food establishment as the source of illness at this stage of the investigation," said Dr. Doug Hansen, associate medical officer of h@alth for that Region.

"Closing of this food establishment is a precautionary measure, and does not indicate the restaurant as the source."

If this restaurant is with the other restaurants that have been closed it could mean it could be that they share the same food supplier. Investigators are checking possible food sources, other establishments and distributors.

People are asked to contact Oregon's public h@alth dep@rtment if they experience the following symptoms:

Blo@dy diarrhe@ and severe abdominal pain, with or without fever, between the dates of Saturday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 24.
Severe diarrhe@, with or without bl@od, and severe abdominal pain, with or without fever, and ate at the Kauai Island Grill, off of Murray Blve. between Saturday, Feb 11 and 24.

Pros: Friendly Staff

Cons: Unclean premises, and unsanitary work establishment

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"Hands off Your Face" by Audrey Doesn't like it - My husband and I decided to try the Kauai Island Grill in Beaverton and we were dissapointed with many things from the start. We went ahead and placed our order, but decided to take it to go. While we were waiting we were watching the staff working to prepare our food (they were very disorganized and needed more training), which gave us a couple of laughs. As we continued to watch we saw the expediter licking her fingers and then touching food. We noticed the cook wiping his nose with the back of his hand and another wiping his nose with his fingers. A good rule of thumb for the manager....Keep your hands off of your face when you are cooking other people's food. We asked for our money back and we will never return. As a former restaurant manager I will do my best to make sure all of my friends know of the hygienic practices of KIG.

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★☆☆☆☆

"Hands off Your Face" by Audrey Doesn't like it - My husband and I decided to try the Kauai Island Grill in Beaverton and we were dissapointed with many things from the start. We went ahead and placed our order, but decided to take it to go. While we were waiting we were watching the staff working to prepare our food (they were very disorganized and needed more training), which gave us a couple of laughs. As we continued to watch we saw the expediter licking her fingers and then touching food. We noticed the cook wiping his nose with the back of his hand and another wiping his nose with his fingers. A good rule of thumb for the manager....Keep your hands off of your face when you are cooking other people's food. We asked for our money back and we will never return. As a former restaurant manager I will do my best to make sure all of my friends know of the hygienic practices of KIG.

Pros: Cozy place

Cons: Cook wipes his nose, expeditor licks her fingers

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I was looking forward to bringing my 4 year old (who loves the Katsu Plate here) to a restaurant where your meal is delivered, from what I hear a friendly staff. I should of read these reviews. I knew the food was going to be ordinary diner food, but didn't realize it was going to be very small, very greasy portions. My son was interested in this particular plate, so that kept him quiet and well behaved, but I really felt I did him a dis-service by bringing him into such a filthy restaurant with ordinary service at best. The staff wasn't entusiastic at all about having haole people in here and all looked like they couldn't wait for the end of their shift. For the bad quality of food, and lack of service, I should have brought my family to McDonald's. At least that would have been clean and served with a smile. I never write restaurant reviews, but I actually read some good reviews on the Kauai Island Grill that lead me to go there. Please understand that it was filthy, bad food, ordinary service, and the whole place was very cheesy, very cheep. If all you want is a restaurant that'll keep your kids quite during dinner, get a baby sitter. I looked forward to surprising my wife and kids but ended up being very embarrassed and disappointed. When we were done, I took them to another restaurant for a real dinner.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was looking forward to bringing my 4 year old (who loves the Katsu Plate here) to a restaurant where your meal is delivered, from what I hear a friendly staff. I should of read these reviews. I knew the food was going to be ordinary diner food, but didn't realize it was going to be very small, very greasy portions. My son was interested in this particular plate, so that kept him quiet and well behaved, but I really felt I did him a dis-service by bringing him into such a filthy restaurant with ordinary service at best. The staff wasn't entusiastic at all about having haole people in here and all looked like they couldn't wait for the end of their shift. For the bad quality of food, and lack of service, I should have brought my family to McDonald's. At least that would have been clean and served with a smile. I never write restaurant reviews, but I actually read some good reviews on the Kauai Island Grill that lead me to go there. Please understand that it was filthy, bad food, ordinary service, and the whole place was very cheesy, very cheep. If all you want is a restaurant that'll keep your kids quite during dinner, get a baby sitter. I looked forward to surprising my wife and kids but ended up being very embarrassed and disappointed. When we were done, I took them to another restaurant for a real dinner.

Pros: Close to the Sunset Hway

Cons: Filthy restaurant and rude staff

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We waited for over half an hour for service despite the fact that the waitress could see us; she walked around the outside tables several times and we tried to attract his attention to no avail but every time we tried to speak to her, she would say 'in a moment' and walked away (she wasn't doing anything important, as far as we could see, just waiting around inside).

When one of us finally got up and went inside to fetch her,she was extremely rude and refused to serve us drinks as it was past six o'clock and 'we're now only serving customers who will be eating.'

When we protested that we had been waiting since well before six and that most of the tables were empty, she was even ruder.

We left, and told a couple who had just sat down at the next table how rude the waitress had been: gratifyingly, they left too. Message to the owner and serving staff of Kauai Island Grill: rudeness will lose you more customers than you think. Some people are really shortsighted. I know I and my friends will not be coming back here again. Now looking at all of these reviews here, I see that I should take all of this personally and it's not me, it's them.

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★☆☆☆☆

We waited for over half an hour for service despite the fact that the waitress could see us; she walked around the outside tables several times and we tried to attract his attention to no avail but every time we tried to speak to her, she would say 'in a moment' and walked away (she wasn't doing anything important, as far as we could see, just waiting around inside).

When one of us finally got up and went inside to fetch her,she was extremely rude and refused to serve us drinks as it was past six o'clock and 'we're now only serving customers who will be eating.'

When we protested that we had been waiting since well before six and that most of the tables were empty, she was even ruder.

We left, and told a couple who had just sat down at the next table how rude the waitress had been: gratifyingly, they left too. Message to the owner and serving staff of Kauai Island Grill: rudeness will lose you more customers than you think. Some people are really shortsighted. I know I and my friends will not be coming back here again. Now looking at all of these reviews here, I see that I should take all of this personally and it's not me, it's them.

Pros: Centralized location

Cons: Small parking lot

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Jan Gamom writes reflections on life with an emphasis on world travel. She has lived in many countries and traveled extensively in the Far East, the Middle East, America, South America and throughout the South Pacific. She writes for fun and for money whenever she can manage it.

In all of my travels, I remember one notorious source of infection is the Kauai Island Grill in Beaverton, Oregon, that serves up Hawaiian Cuisine. The food was mediocre in terms of flavor, but so many have fallen sick after dining there and the local health inspectors are rumored to be moving in permanently. I would personally avoid the place. It's sister restaurant the Island Grill is no better. There are some other great alternatives to choose from, why risk your health for the sake of a novelty meal?

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★☆☆☆☆

Jan Gamom writes reflections on life with an emphasis on world travel. She has lived in many countries and traveled extensively in the Far East, the Middle East, America, South America and throughout the South Pacific. She writes for fun and for money whenever she can manage it.

In all of my travels, I remember one notorious source of infection is the Kauai Island Grill in Beaverton, Oregon, that serves up Hawaiian Cuisine. The food was mediocre in terms of flavor, but so many have fallen sick after dining there and the local health inspectors are rumored to be moving in permanently. I would personally avoid the place. It's sister restaurant the Island Grill is no better. There are some other great alternatives to choose from, why risk your health for the sake of a novelty meal?

Pros: Easy to find

Cons: Food Pois@ning cases reported

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I can't believe the reviews this place has received. The food here is the best L&L-style in the area.

Listen, you shouldn't be going here to sit and eat - they don't have the space, it's a "hole-in-the-wall place, aside from the fact that, true, it is not very clean. You come here to get really delicious and really authentic "local" food TO-GO. They even have poi most of the time, and it's the good stuff. The people here are actually from Hawaii, anyone who has spent time there could easily tell that from the way they talk and interact with you. They aren't just cooking up stuff they bought at the asian supermarket, like a lot of other places. If you come in here and order a cheeseburger, as I saw one time, you are a fool who deserves whatever you get.
If you want Hawaiian food at a sit-down kind of place, go to Aiea Grill. Their food is good too, just not quite as good as here, and they don't have poi.

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★★★★★

I can't believe the reviews this place has received. The food here is the best L&L-style in the area.

Listen, you shouldn't be going here to sit and eat - they don't have the space, it's a "hole-in-the-wall place, aside from the fact that, true, it is not very clean. You come here to get really delicious and really authentic "local" food TO-GO. They even have poi most of the time, and it's the good stuff. The people here are actually from Hawaii, anyone who has spent time there could easily tell that from the way they talk and interact with you. They aren't just cooking up stuff they bought at the asian supermarket, like a lot of other places. If you come in here and order a cheeseburger, as I saw one time, you are a fool who deserves whatever you get.
If you want Hawaiian food at a sit-down kind of place, go to Aiea Grill. Their food is good too, just not quite as good as here, and they don't have poi.

Pros: Poi! Authentic (both the food and the people)

Cons: Tiny space means you really need to get it to go.

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My girlfriend and I were excited to try the KIG -and we were looking forward to enjoying a nice meal. We became disappointed, about the abysmal food and service that the KIG offered. After being seated by a brisk and unfriendly hostess, our disinterested waitress took his sweet time in taking our order. We shared the Ahi Poke togetther and what a big mistake. It lacked soysauce and ginger. Our waiter had come by once to see how things were, I might have asked for a different dish. As it were, we were pretty much forgotten about until our all-too-expensive check arrived. Don't make the mistake we did. Don't go the the Kauai Island Grill. Then I was noticing a really bad smell eminating from somewhere. Why had they built the restroom so close to the dining room. The toilet wasn't working properly, and they're was no one to fix it. You would think that would be a top priority in a small place like this. If I could make a review with less than a 1 star, I would do it. I know one thing my girlfriend and I want be coming back here again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I were excited to try the KIG -and we were looking forward to enjoying a nice meal. We became disappointed, about the abysmal food and service that the KIG offered. After being seated by a brisk and unfriendly hostess, our disinterested waitress took his sweet time in taking our order. We shared the Ahi Poke togetther and what a big mistake. It lacked soysauce and ginger. Our waiter had come by once to see how things were, I might have asked for a different dish. As it were, we were pretty much forgotten about until our all-too-expensive check arrived. Don't make the mistake we did. Don't go the the Kauai Island Grill. Then I was noticing a really bad smell eminating from somewhere. Why had they built the restroom so close to the dining room. The toilet wasn't working properly, and they're was no one to fix it. You would think that would be a top priority in a small place like this. If I could make a review with less than a 1 star, I would do it. I know one thing my girlfriend and I want be coming back here again.

Pros: Easy to find off of Murray and Cornell

Cons: Bad smell from restroom and poor quality food

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I've seen the postings for KIG a couple of times throughout the last few months now and I have to say it loudly since CitySearch doesn't seem to do anything about the fake poster on this restaurant's ratings. KIG is a GREAT restaurant - the food is consistently outstanding, they never use shortcuts and you rarely get the TLC that the owners put into their food from any other place. They're proud of this service they provide to Portland and the Islanders here.

As for this poster that consitently writes bad comments and gives very poor ratings, please be confident in me saying that these comments are UNTRUE and very Unrealistic. There are things about the posts that don't exist in the restaurant. It's a small place where only a few can fit at a time. It's not a huge Red Robin sized restaurant with a host. The poster(s) provide false details about the place that just make me laugh. If you visit the place, you'll have a good laugh too. I urge you to ignore those bad reviews especially the ones that are bit extreme and go into the restaurant and experience it for yourself. I trust that you will not be disappointed. It's true Islanders providing you real Island food. You can also see their full menu & what the place looks like at www.kauaiislandgrill

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★★★★★

I've seen the postings for KIG a couple of times throughout the last few months now and I have to say it loudly since CitySearch doesn't seem to do anything about the fake poster on this restaurant's ratings. KIG is a GREAT restaurant - the food is consistently outstanding, they never use shortcuts and you rarely get the TLC that the owners put into their food from any other place. They're proud of this service they provide to Portland and the Islanders here.

As for this poster that consitently writes bad comments and gives very poor ratings, please be confident in me saying that these comments are UNTRUE and very Unrealistic. There are things about the posts that don't exist in the restaurant. It's a small place where only a few can fit at a time. It's not a huge Red Robin sized restaurant with a host. The poster(s) provide false details about the place that just make me laugh. If you visit the place, you'll have a good laugh too. I urge you to ignore those bad reviews especially the ones that are bit extreme and go into the restaurant and experience it for yourself. I trust that you will not be disappointed. It's true Islanders providing you real Island food. You can also see their full menu & what the place looks like at www.kauaiislandgrill

Pros: Food is consistently great

Cons: Space is small, so if it's crowded, you'll want to take it to go

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Saturday, October 11, was ?National Coming Out of the Closet? Day. My two best friends and longtime lovers Rick Shaefer and Doug Tilson were having their "Coming out of the Closet" anniversary. We chose to go to their favorite restaurant to have their party. Apparently they didn't appreciate us gay men. ? First impressions-- The place has a great vibe and has a nice local Hawaiian atmosphere. Nice decor. The servers wasn't too friendly and on the spot. We only had the appetizer plate but it was still enough to fill the both of us. However, the bill still came out to be in the medium range. It's somewhat pricey for the small pupu that we had. Based on what we ate, I didn't think the food was all that great. The tery sticks were average, the Lau Lau was kind of dry, not tender and just plain salty, and the hamburger could have easily been from the frozen section. The Hawaiin soda is ok if you like sweet drinks-- not really my style. Because of the quality of food vs price, Kauai Island Grill left me feeling neutral. I'm sure I'll be back to sample more of the menu in the future though, but it will have to be when the food improves somewhat. But all was better and forgotten, when we got back with our friends and got down to some real fun.

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★☆☆☆☆

Saturday, October 11, was ?National Coming Out of the Closet? Day. My two best friends and longtime lovers Rick Shaefer and Doug Tilson were having their "Coming out of the Closet" anniversary. We chose to go to their favorite restaurant to have their party. Apparently they didn't appreciate us gay men. ? First impressions-- The place has a great vibe and has a nice local Hawaiian atmosphere. Nice decor. The servers wasn't too friendly and on the spot. We only had the appetizer plate but it was still enough to fill the both of us. However, the bill still came out to be in the medium range. It's somewhat pricey for the small pupu that we had. Based on what we ate, I didn't think the food was all that great. The tery sticks were average, the Lau Lau was kind of dry, not tender and just plain salty, and the hamburger could have easily been from the frozen section. The Hawaiin soda is ok if you like sweet drinks-- not really my style. Because of the quality of food vs price, Kauai Island Grill left me feeling neutral. I'm sure I'll be back to sample more of the menu in the future though, but it will have to be when the food improves somewhat. But all was better and forgotten, when we got back with our friends and got down to some real fun.

Pros: The boy preparing the food was a real hunk.

Cons: Food is mediocre

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Being from Hawaii, I found there was something lacking here in this place. No ALOHA. We went there in March, the restaurant wasn't crowded but we were rushed out of the restaurant before we could finish. My wife was in mid bite when the waitress came by and took her plate even thought she wan't finished. Over priced for what you get. Noho's was much nicer location and had better food quality for the same price. Avoid this restaurant

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★☆☆☆☆

Being from Hawaii, I found there was something lacking here in this place. No ALOHA. We went there in March, the restaurant wasn't crowded but we were rushed out of the restaurant before we could finish. My wife was in mid bite when the waitress came by and took her plate even thought she wan't finished. Over priced for what you get. Noho's was much nicer location and had better food quality for the same price. Avoid this restaurant

Pros: Few places in Oregon, where you can get something close to Hawaiian cuisine

Cons: Bad service

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This was probably one of the worst "dining" experiences we've had and that was the Kauai Island Grill. The concept of each dish was embarrasing and worse off tasted worse than it looked. We had the tasting menu, which normally should be the chef's stage for showing off true and tried dishes, but it was honestly just garbage. They try to use "chef de cuisine" lingo when describing each dish with techniques such as "infused" and "beurre blanc", but with no success. It was a mish mosh of sauces over infusions over sauces-just one schizophrenic menu, with not one good thing on our plates. Honestly, it's restaurants such as these that give the Hawaiians a bad name to real cuisine. They should call themselves a diner at best. This family owned restaurant should think twice about slapping their name on any old restaurant business...unless he doesn't care. This restaurant is for people who want to feel like being back in Hawaii eating the local food. Go for local food in Maui when you're there and get a taste of the real thing, it's not only better, it's far more interesting and honest. I've been working at the Kahalue Hotel and restaurant for 40 years as their executive chef and heard great reviews about this place from friends, but one taste and I was really disappointed and I know the real thing. Again what an embarrasement.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was probably one of the worst "dining" experiences we've had and that was the Kauai Island Grill. The concept of each dish was embarrasing and worse off tasted worse than it looked. We had the tasting menu, which normally should be the chef's stage for showing off true and tried dishes, but it was honestly just garbage. They try to use "chef de cuisine" lingo when describing each dish with techniques such as "infused" and "beurre blanc", but with no success. It was a mish mosh of sauces over infusions over sauces-just one schizophrenic menu, with not one good thing on our plates. Honestly, it's restaurants such as these that give the Hawaiians a bad name to real cuisine. They should call themselves a diner at best. This family owned restaurant should think twice about slapping their name on any old restaurant business...unless he doesn't care. This restaurant is for people who want to feel like being back in Hawaii eating the local food. Go for local food in Maui when you're there and get a taste of the real thing, it's not only better, it's far more interesting and honest. I've been working at the Kahalue Hotel and restaurant for 40 years as their executive chef and heard great reviews about this place from friends, but one taste and I was really disappointed and I know the real thing. Again what an embarrasement.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: A bad imitation of Hawaiian cuisine

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We tried Kauai Island Grill on four separate occasions, thinking our bad experiences were just a fluke because we had heard good things from one reliable friend. Our water once again remained unfilled, the Teri chicken was covered in charred black bits, the laulau is sadly sized and appears to be made elsewhere, portions were smaller than in Hawai'i, and Aloha Plate was overpriced. We even took pictures of our food to send to the referral friend who moved back to Kailua. He was appalled. For some reason the "Mahalo's" feel cold and the contact is terse and false, not at all like being back home. If people think this is true plate lunch or Hawai'ian fare, they are missing out. Aloha Plates in Zippy's has fresher food and tastes more authentic. Try Kauai Family on 6th in Seattle for the real deal. We are born & raised kama'aina to Kona & Lihue, we know the food inside & out, we cook it, we live it, it is part of our culture. Try it to see if it fits you, we gave it too many chances, and will not go back.

Pros: a little bit of home, music

Cons: food, service, prices

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★☆☆☆☆

We tried Kauai Island Grill on four separate occasions, thinking our bad experiences were just a fluke because we had heard good things from one reliable friend. Our water once again remained unfilled, the Teri chicken was covered in charred black bits, the laulau is sadly sized and appears to be made elsewhere, portions were smaller than in Hawai'i, and Aloha Plate was overpriced. We even took pictures of our food to send to the referral friend who moved back to Kailua. He was appalled. For some reason the "Mahalo's" feel cold and the contact is terse and false, not at all like being back home. If people think this is true plate lunch or Hawai'ian fare, they are missing out. Aloha Plates in Zippy's has fresher food and tastes more authentic. Try Kauai Family on 6th in Seattle for the real deal. We are born & raised kama'aina to Kona & Lihue, we know the food inside & out, we cook it, we live it, it is part of our culture. Try it to see if it fits you, we gave it too many chances, and will not go back.

Pros: a little bit of home, music

Cons: food, service, prices

Pros: Good home music

Cons: price and service bad

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We went there for brunch on August 10, 2008 and the food was okay, but not like the back home, but the service was the worst service I have ever had in my life. First, she came to serve us and told us to talk to her while she cleaned spilled Hawaiian Sun juice from the table next to us. Then, she never brought us any utensils, sugar, water, you name it until we requested it several times, more often getting these items from other servers rather than from her. She did however insist on bringing us our bill within 10 minutes of being in the restaurant, when it was obvious we were not done eating yet. What is worse, after complaining about it to the manager, she did not do anything about it and the service got even worst!!

Don't waste your money, time or energy in this place if you are looking for a fine brunch experience. I would instead recommend either Noho's or the Beaverton Grill over on Hall Blvd. The food in these two places is superb and the service is outstanding.

My experience at the Kauai Island Grill was truly disappointing. Again, do not waste your time or money there, as it is not worth it in the least.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there for brunch on August 10, 2008 and the food was okay, but not like the back home, but the service was the worst service I have ever had in my life. First, she came to serve us and told us to talk to her while she cleaned spilled Hawaiian Sun juice from the table next to us. Then, she never brought us any utensils, sugar, water, you name it until we requested it several times, more often getting these items from other servers rather than from her. She did however insist on bringing us our bill within 10 minutes of being in the restaurant, when it was obvious we were not done eating yet. What is worse, after complaining about it to the manager, she did not do anything about it and the service got even worst!!

Don't waste your money, time or energy in this place if you are looking for a fine brunch experience. I would instead recommend either Noho's or the Beaverton Grill over on Hall Blvd. The food in these two places is superb and the service is outstanding.

My experience at the Kauai Island Grill was truly disappointing. Again, do not waste your time or money there, as it is not worth it in the least.

Pros: Average price of meal

Cons: Lousy service

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Being one half of the former C & K band and growing up in Hawaii, I can speak for all of Hawaii, this is no ono. I'm going back home for the real stuff. We had a party of 10. Took approx. 1 hours for everyone to sporadically arrive. The waitress would take 10 orders, place them, disappear, brought more food, then continue to take additional orders. Everyone ate at different times and the food was served cold. The waitress spilled several drinks, and didn't know the difference between white meat/dark meat (it's chicken katsu people). But, if you're just going for pupus I would recommend it. I don't want to badmouth my people, but come on.

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★☆☆☆☆

Being one half of the former C & K band and growing up in Hawaii, I can speak for all of Hawaii, this is no ono. I'm going back home for the real stuff. We had a party of 10. Took approx. 1 hours for everyone to sporadically arrive. The waitress would take 10 orders, place them, disappear, brought more food, then continue to take additional orders. Everyone ate at different times and the food was served cold. The waitress spilled several drinks, and didn't know the difference between white meat/dark meat (it's chicken katsu people). But, if you're just going for pupus I would recommend it. I don't want to badmouth my people, but come on.

Pros: Easily located

Cons: bad service and food served up cold

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We have been to Kauai Island Grill three or four times. The first time we were very impressed with the food and the service was reasonable. Our most recent visit will most definitely be the last. The service was the worse I have ever experienced. There was on young girl of the waitstaff, one cook and one older lady both of whom served us, the place was nearly empty and we couldn't figure out why service was slowl. The waitress and the older lady was both inattentive and downright rude. He made several mistakes with our order, and the young girl failed to bring us water on a couple of occasions. When she asked us how the food was, she did not wait for an answer but merely walked away. Our request for the bill was also repeatedly ignored. Also the hamburger steak plate lunch and the Lau Lau was extremely overcooked and very dry. When we complained about the service at the end, the waitress was very defensive and not at all apologetic. We didn't leave a tip , but will never be going back, and will stop recommending the place to our friends. I can only assume that this location has affected the service, because it's kind of hidden and on the farside of a convenience store. . Do yourself a favor and go to the Plaid Pantry next door instead. I guarantee the food there is alot better.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been to Kauai Island Grill three or four times. The first time we were very impressed with the food and the service was reasonable. Our most recent visit will most definitely be the last. The service was the worse I have ever experienced. There was on young girl of the waitstaff, one cook and one older lady both of whom served us, the place was nearly empty and we couldn't figure out why service was slowl. The waitress and the older lady was both inattentive and downright rude. He made several mistakes with our order, and the young girl failed to bring us water on a couple of occasions. When she asked us how the food was, she did not wait for an answer but merely walked away. Our request for the bill was also repeatedly ignored. Also the hamburger steak plate lunch and the Lau Lau was extremely overcooked and very dry. When we complained about the service at the end, the waitress was very defensive and not at all apologetic. We didn't leave a tip , but will never be going back, and will stop recommending the place to our friends. I can only assume that this location has affected the service, because it's kind of hidden and on the farside of a convenience store. . Do yourself a favor and go to the Plaid Pantry next door instead. I guarantee the food there is alot better.

Pros: nothing

Cons: rude and unpleasant service

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My name is S. DeCambra, I've been a chef almost all of my life. I am a graduate of CIA in New York, which trains the very best of chefs, I've been featured on many television shows, won the Silver Olympics in cooking, taught at the University of Hawaii, and worked for some of the finest hotels in Hawaii, and even worked with the famous Sam Choy. And with my knowledge, I can honestly say this is restaurant is an embarrassement to the Hawaiian culture and the community here in Oregon. Good luck in getting a seat here and I hope you survive your dining here. Don' t they know anything about cross contamination, or do they teach that here in Oregon. I see the staff coming committing all sorts of violations. It also had a very bad smell, coming from the restroom. Maybe it was the plumbing. And the service we've received after waiting nearly an hour when everyone else got their food and had come in after we did.My wife and I will never go back there again - sad, since it seems like it could be a great place. too bad management/staff doesn't do more to attend to customers. maybe they should read the reviews on here for advice...I honestly can say this place is going to be shut down soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

My name is S. DeCambra, I've been a chef almost all of my life. I am a graduate of CIA in New York, which trains the very best of chefs, I've been featured on many television shows, won the Silver Olympics in cooking, taught at the University of Hawaii, and worked for some of the finest hotels in Hawaii, and even worked with the famous Sam Choy. And with my knowledge, I can honestly say this is restaurant is an embarrassement to the Hawaiian culture and the community here in Oregon. Good luck in getting a seat here and I hope you survive your dining here. Don' t they know anything about cross contamination, or do they teach that here in Oregon. I see the staff coming committing all sorts of violations. It also had a very bad smell, coming from the restroom. Maybe it was the plumbing. And the service we've received after waiting nearly an hour when everyone else got their food and had come in after we did.My wife and I will never go back there again - sad, since it seems like it could be a great place. too bad management/staff doesn't do more to attend to customers. maybe they should read the reviews on here for advice...I honestly can say this place is going to be shut down soon.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Smells funny

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Small portions Review: I ate at the Kauai Island Grill restaurant in Portland and I thought that for the amount of food that they served was not the worth the price of going there. The portions were quite skimpy and if this is the way that they served food from their home island which made me decide not to go to any more to this restaurant here on the mainland. Not like back home, where they give plenty. ONCE WAS ENOUGH!

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★☆☆☆☆

Small portions Review: I ate at the Kauai Island Grill restaurant in Portland and I thought that for the amount of food that they served was not the worth the price of going there. The portions were quite skimpy and if this is the way that they served food from their home island which made me decide not to go to any more to this restaurant here on the mainland. Not like back home, where they give plenty. ONCE WAS ENOUGH!

Pros: Had to wait outside in the cold for a seat

Cons: Not enough food. Needs more flavoring, too bland

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We went there we the idea that it would be very good dining. Mind you I have been to some of the best restaurants in all over Maui and this one did not even come close. All the food we order were not good at all for a place that says they have good sauces I was disappointed. The only thing that I ordered that gave this review even 2 stars was the saimin. Other than that everything else was sub par. There signature dish the Chicken Katsu and the Chicken cutlet was really dry and the Lau Lau was sub-par. The desserts were ordinary and cheap. We ordered every dessert on the menu and the only thing that was descent was the Mac Nut squares . DONT ORDER THE POI, tasted more like clay and that is no joke. Anyway dont go there it is not worth it and the food is not that good....the only reason we tried it was because it was voted 32 on this site and was the only Hawaiian restaurant in that area. I am starting to miss the food back in Hana. I love you Hawaii.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there we the idea that it would be very good dining. Mind you I have been to some of the best restaurants in all over Maui and this one did not even come close. All the food we order were not good at all for a place that says they have good sauces I was disappointed. The only thing that I ordered that gave this review even 2 stars was the saimin. Other than that everything else was sub par. There signature dish the Chicken Katsu and the Chicken cutlet was really dry and the Lau Lau was sub-par. The desserts were ordinary and cheap. We ordered every dessert on the menu and the only thing that was descent was the Mac Nut squares . DONT ORDER THE POI, tasted more like clay and that is no joke. Anyway dont go there it is not worth it and the food is not that good....the only reason we tried it was because it was voted 32 on this site and was the only Hawaiian restaurant in that area. I am starting to miss the food back in Hana. I love you Hawaii.

Pros: Service was okay

Cons: Food not that good.

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have never been so disappointed with a restaurant visit in my entire life. The gas station down the street from here recommended this place, and based on previous recommendations we had high expectations for this place. The location was near but the service was mediocre and the food was absolutely appalling. My fiancee had the Pork and Teri stick plate. After a few minutes we both realized we didn't like our meals, so we swapped. The first thing that came to mind when I smelled her dish was that it smelled like WET DOG I told her this, and she laughed, since she was thinking the same thing when it was served to her.
After a while shared our disappointment with the waiter, who at that point was eager to make it up to us. We got replacement meals: I got the Pork Katsu and my fiancee got the Chicken Katsu dish which she felt was as dismal as the first dish she was served: The plates were dull and seemed blah.
Due to the mostly bad reviews this restaurant has gotten from other people, I can see that people are just feeding hype about this place. I do suspect that our disappointing experience comes from the fact that we went there to celebrate our one year being together. This is my first restaurant review online. I'm not one to be vocal about bad experiences, but this was such a shockingly sad dining affair that I felt the need to speak up.
For an upscale dining experience, try the Beaverton Grill, although it's not Hawaiian, .the food there is exquisite and the service was wonderful.

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★☆☆☆☆

have never been so disappointed with a restaurant visit in my entire life. The gas station down the street from here recommended this place, and based on previous recommendations we had high expectations for this place. The location was near but the service was mediocre and the food was absolutely appalling. My fiancee had the Pork and Teri stick plate. After a few minutes we both realized we didn't like our meals, so we swapped. The first thing that came to mind when I smelled her dish was that it smelled like WET DOG I told her this, and she laughed, since she was thinking the same thing when it was served to her.
After a while shared our disappointment with the waiter, who at that point was eager to make it up to us. We got replacement meals: I got the Pork Katsu and my fiancee got the Chicken Katsu dish which she felt was as dismal as the first dish she was served: The plates were dull and seemed blah.
Due to the mostly bad reviews this restaurant has gotten from other people, I can see that people are just feeding hype about this place. I do suspect that our disappointing experience comes from the fact that we went there to celebrate our one year being together. This is my first restaurant review online. I'm not one to be vocal about bad experiences, but this was such a shockingly sad dining affair that I felt the need to speak up.
For an upscale dining experience, try the Beaverton Grill, although it's not Hawaiian, .the food there is exquisite and the service was wonderful.

Pros: Down the street from Barnes Road

Cons: Food tasted like dog

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Service so slow! WE watched two other tables get up and leave as they were never approached by a waitress/waiter. THAT Should have been a sign, and they weren't busy....in the east side of the restaurant, where we were seated, of all the tables, there were two other tables that had patrons.
The food was extremely dry, the Teriyake and Beef Teri Sticks were to carmelized and my LOCO MOCO, the rice was too soggy, and the sauce was to bland. When we asked the waitress she did get the manager, and he took off half of the cost.....when there were only two bites of the entree eaten. IN a REAL restaurant the manager would have handled this way better....
If you want to eat well, get served well and have an amazing time...GO TO NoHo's ! Don't waste your time, money or energy!

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★☆☆☆☆

Service so slow! WE watched two other tables get up and leave as they were never approached by a waitress/waiter. THAT Should have been a sign, and they weren't busy....in the east side of the restaurant, where we were seated, of all the tables, there were two other tables that had patrons.
The food was extremely dry, the Teriyake and Beef Teri Sticks were to carmelized and my LOCO MOCO, the rice was too soggy, and the sauce was to bland. When we asked the waitress she did get the manager, and he took off half of the cost.....when there were only two bites of the entree eaten. IN a REAL restaurant the manager would have handled this way better....
If you want to eat well, get served well and have an amazing time...GO TO NoHo's ! Don't waste your time, money or energy!

Pros: Close to Highway 26

Cons: Small parking lot, and little seating, service very slow

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We attempted KIG on four separate occasions, thinking our bad experiences were just a fluke because we had heard good things from one reliable friend. Our water once again remained unfilled, the Hamburger Plate with Onions had charred black bits, the laulau is sadly sized and appears to be made elsewhere, portions were smaller than in Hawai'i, and Poke was overpriced. We even took pictures of our food to send to the referral friend who moved back to Waimea. He was appalled. If you would like to see them, let us know. For some reason the "Mahalo's" feel cold and the contact is terse and false, not at all like being back home. If people think this is true plate lunch or Hawai'ian fare, they are missing out. Aloha Plates in Uwajimaya Seattle has fresher food and tastes more authentic. Try Noho;s for the real deal. We are born & raised kama'aina to Kona & Lihue, we know the food inside & out, we cook it, we live it, it is part of our culture. Try it to see if it fits you, we gave it too many chances, and will not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We attempted KIG on four separate occasions, thinking our bad experiences were just a fluke because we had heard good things from one reliable friend. Our water once again remained unfilled, the Hamburger Plate with Onions had charred black bits, the laulau is sadly sized and appears to be made elsewhere, portions were smaller than in Hawai'i, and Poke was overpriced. We even took pictures of our food to send to the referral friend who moved back to Waimea. He was appalled. If you would like to see them, let us know. For some reason the "Mahalo's" feel cold and the contact is terse and false, not at all like being back home. If people think this is true plate lunch or Hawai'ian fare, they are missing out. Aloha Plates in Uwajimaya Seattle has fresher food and tastes more authentic. Try Noho;s for the real deal. We are born & raised kama'aina to Kona & Lihue, we know the food inside & out, we cook it, we live it, it is part of our culture. Try it to see if it fits you, we gave it too many chances, and will not go back.

Pros: Easy parking, although it's small

Cons: Poor service and poor quality food

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My girlfriend are not from Beaverton but happened to be from Wailuku on Maui and we recently and decided to try Kauai Island Grill since it got so many good reviews. First of all, the place was obscenely small and we were lucky to get a table. The decor really wasn't very good but hey, some of the best restaurants I know are ugly. Anyway, when we sat down there was only one menu for the both of us so we had to pass it back and forth. I didn't really mind too much but it's still kind of annoying. My biggest first impression was the smell of the restaurant. I almost instantly got a headache and felt sick. I did my best to overlook it and ordered anyway. We got a Chicken Katsu and the Pork Katsu. I wasn't impressed, not like back home. I also order the Lau Lau and my girlfriend the chicken with soft noodles and the order came with rice. We didn't wait too long for the food and our server was fairly nice. The food though was not very good. The sauce was really overpowering and sadly the food tasted like the heavy odour i first encountered. Also, the chicken katsu chicken was some of the worst faux meat I've ever been served. All in all, it was the worst meal ever but I don't think I'll ever be heading back there again. Maybe I'll try the Chinese restaurant close by.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend are not from Beaverton but happened to be from Wailuku on Maui and we recently and decided to try Kauai Island Grill since it got so many good reviews. First of all, the place was obscenely small and we were lucky to get a table. The decor really wasn't very good but hey, some of the best restaurants I know are ugly. Anyway, when we sat down there was only one menu for the both of us so we had to pass it back and forth. I didn't really mind too much but it's still kind of annoying. My biggest first impression was the smell of the restaurant. I almost instantly got a headache and felt sick. I did my best to overlook it and ordered anyway. We got a Chicken Katsu and the Pork Katsu. I wasn't impressed, not like back home. I also order the Lau Lau and my girlfriend the chicken with soft noodles and the order came with rice. We didn't wait too long for the food and our server was fairly nice. The food though was not very good. The sauce was really overpowering and sadly the food tasted like the heavy odour i first encountered. Also, the chicken katsu chicken was some of the worst faux meat I've ever been served. All in all, it was the worst meal ever but I don't think I'll ever be heading back there again. Maybe I'll try the Chinese restaurant close by.

Pros: Good location and next to Plaid Pantry

Cons: Noisy, small, bad smell imminating from restroom

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My two Hawaiian faves in P-town are The Bamboo Grove and Ohana Hawaiian Grill. Bamboo grove sits atop my list of just great places to eat. Big hearty grinds, affordable prices, and friendly locals. The best mac, terriyaki, and variety of meat dishes you can find. Ohana is also great, and I have to give them the edge in the consistant Kalua pig department. Unlike the BG, Ohana serves tasty servings of pork every day of the week. It's always a good salty winner if you're in the mood for it. If you're looking for Hawaiian food check out one of the two: Ohana is on Sandy and NE 63rd... and Bamboo Grove is just off Macadam a block up from Billy Bang's. By the way, I haven't tried Kauai grill, and I would generally try a place with mixed reviews, but with 42 single star votes I won't even bother.

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★☆☆☆☆

My two Hawaiian faves in P-town are The Bamboo Grove and Ohana Hawaiian Grill. Bamboo grove sits atop my list of just great places to eat. Big hearty grinds, affordable prices, and friendly locals. The best mac, terriyaki, and variety of meat dishes you can find. Ohana is also great, and I have to give them the edge in the consistant Kalua pig department. Unlike the BG, Ohana serves tasty servings of pork every day of the week. It's always a good salty winner if you're in the mood for it. If you're looking for Hawaiian food check out one of the two: Ohana is on Sandy and NE 63rd... and Bamboo Grove is just off Macadam a block up from Billy Bang's. By the way, I haven't tried Kauai grill, and I would generally try a place with mixed reviews, but with 42 single star votes I won't even bother.

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Your review
Poor food and service, nice location‎ - ajarnjimbeam‎ - Today
Poor food and service; nice location

Wife started with Chopped Teriyaki with Grilled Onion.s very bland, basically the teri sauce was lacking oyster sauce.. No noteworthy flavor. Friend had Big Kalua Pork Plate and that was too dry. Wife is Asian and prefers rice as a starch, which we were promised. The plate arrived without starch. . It tasted salty - very salty. They brought 2 small tourines of sauces, but they did little to cover the saltiness. I can't even remember the Kalua Pork, just salt. the rice arrived just as we gave up on eating the Kalua. Friend ordered the grilled Teriyaki Chicken Plate. It was described as dry too and not flavorful. He ate about half of it, but didn't enjoy the Lumpia. She is a local Filipina who has eaten Lumpia many times, and said this was one of the worst preparations she has had. Only friend's date ordered dessert - the Choc Haupia Pie. She enjoyed it I don't understand how anyone can be satisfied with this restaurant. Perhaps some believe that if the restaurant is convenient, being close to 26 and does have a local atmosphere, but you would think the food MUST be good, so they convince themselves that it is. Sadly, it is not. It's not even better than Zippy's back home. below Alan Wong's, 3660, and Roy's. The food is even below Sam Choy, OnJin, and Kakaako Kitchen. Very disappointing, with the apparent exception of the Choc Haupia dessert. Being the headchef of Hakus, I know good food and this isn't Sorry I give you a one star.

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★☆☆☆☆

Your review
Poor food and service, nice location‎ - ajarnjimbeam‎ - Today
Poor food and service; nice location

Wife started with Chopped Teriyaki with Grilled Onion.s very bland, basically the teri sauce was lacking oyster sauce.. No noteworthy flavor. Friend had Big Kalua Pork Plate and that was too dry. Wife is Asian and prefers rice as a starch, which we were promised. The plate arrived without starch. . It tasted salty - very salty. They brought 2 small tourines of sauces, but they did little to cover the saltiness. I can't even remember the Kalua Pork, just salt. the rice arrived just as we gave up on eating the Kalua. Friend ordered the grilled Teriyaki Chicken Plate. It was described as dry too and not flavorful. He ate about half of it, but didn't enjoy the Lumpia. She is a local Filipina who has eaten Lumpia many times, and said this was one of the worst preparations she has had. Only friend's date ordered dessert - the Choc Haupia Pie. She enjoyed it I don't understand how anyone can be satisfied with this restaurant. Perhaps some believe that if the restaurant is convenient, being close to 26 and does have a local atmosphere, but you would think the food MUST be good, so they convince themselves that it is. Sadly, it is not. It's not even better than Zippy's back home. below Alan Wong's, 3660, and Roy's. The food is even below Sam Choy, OnJin, and Kakaako Kitchen. Very disappointing, with the apparent exception of the Choc Haupia dessert. Being the headchef of Hakus, I know good food and this isn't Sorry I give you a one star.

Pros: good location

Cons: poor service and food

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This Hawaiian place is right off of Murray. I wish it were any where near as good. Unfortunately it is the worst Hawaiian food I have had in all my life growing up in Lanai and other islands of Hawaii.
We had the Pork and Chicken Katsu lunch plates which have always been my favorite. The Katsu was good white meat chicken and not greasy. Too bad it had zero flavor. The Katsu sauce was like no other I have ever had- cloyingly sweet, instead of zesty and savory like I am used to. The chicken was well cooked and had flavor, but it was overwhelmingly ginger (not my favorite). The white rice was almost a little greasy, as if it had been buttered with a flavorless butter. The macaroni salad was almost as big of an abomination as the free salad we got. The salad was free because it was nearly dead (literally there were pieces of wotting lettuce in my bowl) and the macaroni salad was a bit too al dente and tasted as if it were dressed with just mayo. Yuck.

Synopsis? Stay away.

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★☆☆☆☆

This Hawaiian place is right off of Murray. I wish it were any where near as good. Unfortunately it is the worst Hawaiian food I have had in all my life growing up in Lanai and other islands of Hawaii.
We had the Pork and Chicken Katsu lunch plates which have always been my favorite. The Katsu was good white meat chicken and not greasy. Too bad it had zero flavor. The Katsu sauce was like no other I have ever had- cloyingly sweet, instead of zesty and savory like I am used to. The chicken was well cooked and had flavor, but it was overwhelmingly ginger (not my favorite). The white rice was almost a little greasy, as if it had been buttered with a flavorless butter. The macaroni salad was almost as big of an abomination as the free salad we got. The salad was free because it was nearly dead (literally there were pieces of wotting lettuce in my bowl) and the macaroni salad was a bit too al dente and tasted as if it were dressed with just mayo. Yuck.

Synopsis? Stay away.

Pros: Easy to find

Cons: Poor quality of cooked food

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Much to our chagrin, the meals came out lightning fast. Some of us were a bit concerned with the speed since it suggested that our meals were pre-made ahead of time, enhancing the fast food vibe. The chef was the number one suspect for this crime. At first glance, the fish seemed somewhat fresh, but the taste and mouthfeel was an entirely different story. The rice tasted like it had been sitting out for quite awhile and felt very stale. From an appearance standpoint, it looked like the roll was unskillfully made by someone who just got his or her certification from a sushi correspondence course.

Bryan Says:
The Chicken Katsu was a thin, small piece of densely breaded chicken fried to a brittle, unpleasant crisp. While the meat cut was decent and, thankfully, not grisly, it was over fried and somewhat oily. The katsu sauce was not to my liking; I found it to be overly sour. Also, the vegetable tempura tasted as if it had been sitting out for several minutes. For example, the normally crisp batter had become rather soggy with oil and condensation. The choice of vegetables was a bit odd and included a bit potato, which was like an extremely dense, chewy French fry.

Grant Says:
The Chicken Katsu had a thick panko breading fried at high heat. The end result was a katsu that was extremely crunchy, more akin to crackers than a soft, light katsu batter. The Katsu sauce itself is a bit watery and while having flavor, it feels more like it was made from a powdered mix with processed veggies rather than real veggies.

Steve Says:
The Lumpia Roll was very disappointing.and , the Ahi Poke seemed decent. We had our suspicions that it was pre-made before even ordering it. The rice tasted a little stale, but the worst part, the mac salad was alittle sour. The Loco Moco was a step up from stuff but the rice being stale when covered with the gravy made it okay but certainly not competitive with some of the better local food places I've been..

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★☆☆☆☆

Much to our chagrin, the meals came out lightning fast. Some of us were a bit concerned with the speed since it suggested that our meals were pre-made ahead of time, enhancing the fast food vibe. The chef was the number one suspect for this crime. At first glance, the fish seemed somewhat fresh, but the taste and mouthfeel was an entirely different story. The rice tasted like it had been sitting out for quite awhile and felt very stale. From an appearance standpoint, it looked like the roll was unskillfully made by someone who just got his or her certification from a sushi correspondence course.

Bryan Says:
The Chicken Katsu was a thin, small piece of densely breaded chicken fried to a brittle, unpleasant crisp. While the meat cut was decent and, thankfully, not grisly, it was over fried and somewhat oily. The katsu sauce was not to my liking; I found it to be overly sour. Also, the vegetable tempura tasted as if it had been sitting out for several minutes. For example, the normally crisp batter had become rather soggy with oil and condensation. The choice of vegetables was a bit odd and included a bit potato, which was like an extremely dense, chewy French fry.

Grant Says:
The Chicken Katsu had a thick panko breading fried at high heat. The end result was a katsu that was extremely crunchy, more akin to crackers than a soft, light katsu batter. The Katsu sauce itself is a bit watery and while having flavor, it feels more like it was made from a powdered mix with processed veggies rather than real veggies.

Steve Says:
The Lumpia Roll was very disappointing.and , the Ahi Poke seemed decent. We had our suspicions that it was pre-made before even ordering it. The rice tasted a little stale, but the worst part, the mac salad was alittle sour. The Loco Moco was a step up from stuff but the rice being stale when covered with the gravy made it okay but certainly not competitive with some of the better local food places I've been..

Pros: Located right off the Sunset

Cons: Poor quality of food, inexperienced chef

 

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