Aloha Grill – Huntington Beach, CA

September 10, 2006 at 7:27 am 5 comments

“I heard the pounding of the drums not far away…” Meet (meat?) the “Hawaiian Drums”…the best chicken wings on the planet.
Hawaiian Drums…It’s ALL about the Hawaiian Drums…I’ve had nothing to do, and a craving for these things, and made the hour plus trip to Huntington Beach just to have these. These mysterious drums are the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life.
They’re only the “drumstick” part of the wing, not the other part, so it’s like little chicken legs, and you don’t have to fuss with the other part with no meat.

Described in the menu as “Marinated Chicken drumettes, slow roasted then tossed in a spicy cherry char siu with pineapple and green onions” , Hawaiian Drums are an appetizer on the menu, but it’s the main reason I’ve been coming to the place for the last 5 years since I stumbled on it with a friend. First off, they’re roasted not fried, which sets them apart from most other chicken wing dishes. Second, the sauce. Char Siu, a Chinese BBQ sauce most commonly used on BBQ Pork and classic Spare Ribs, is the main ingredient, but the cherry flavor,green onions, pineapple and mysterious other ingredients makes these things SO ONO.(One thing tho’ they’re not at all spicy, that’s ok by me, but the description is misleading) Add to that the price…$5.95 for a big ass plate…no meal necessary, this IS the meal.

Hungry yet ? Maui Wowie Egg Rolls w/fried wontons and mango salsa.

Oh, they have other stuff too like the not too imaginitively named Maui Wowie Egg Rolls…basically, an egg roll filled with seared ahi tuna, mac nuts, green onions, cabbage,carrots, served up with some teri-style dipping sauce, big fried wonton chips and a mango salsa on the side…pretty ono.

To tell you the truth, I’ve never gotten to a main course, due to the Hawaiian Drums stopping me dead in my tracks, but they have some interesting items including some of the Hawaiian standards, Kalua Pork, Loco Moco, Teri Chicken Hawaiian Plate, all served up with one scoop rice, one scoop macaroni salad, as well as Fish and burgers.

Don’t be fooled by the bland, stripmall frontage…. Inside the scene gets way better…

Tiki greets you at the front door…always a good thing to see walking in

Big Bamboo…Inside the Aloha Grill

Tiki decor, bamboo furniture and overall classic Polynesian style. This Place gets the Tikiyaki “2 shakas”. The only negative I can say about this place is that, like most of the Eating establishments on Main St and alot of the South Bay’s beach town areas, The Aloha Grill has the dreaded Sports Bar thing going on with “the game” blasting from many tv’s placed around the restaurant, and the even more dreaded drunk sportsfan knuckleheads cheering at the game way too loudly in the bar area.

On this particular outing, after we were finished and outside there was a ruckus at the front door with some big fatass yelling profanities at the employees who asked him to leave, no doubt for being rude and loud. So my 15 year old had to endure hearing this dumbshit hurl a string of profanities including the “C word at the emmployees as he was storming out. Nice ! Unfortunately, the South Bay is filled with these kind of knuckleheads. Instant Idiot…Just add alcohol.

That aside, the Aloha Grill is a mandatory stop every time I’m in HB.

ALoha Grill
221 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pomai  |  September 13, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    “Hawaiian Drums”.. hey.. cool name for ‘Wings! VERY COOL name. They certainly LOOK like they’ve got the whole Charsiu flavor goin’ on. So I suppose they’re not dipped in the traditional Bleu Cheese or Ranch sauce. Neither would they be served with a celery stick, huh?

    Next time you visit Oahu, you need to try Duke’s “Waikiki Hot Wings”. Nice sweet/savory/grilled flavor goin’ on. I’ve never cared for the “vinegary” flavor of traditional Buffalo Wings sauce. I’d probably like them “Hawaiian Drums”!

    Those Maui Wowie Egg Rolls sound and look ono too.

    I like Aloha Grill’s decor. It looks similar to The Shack here in Hawaii Kai. Sorry to hear about that drunk(s) who spoiled you otherwise fantastic meal. there’s more beer than food in everyone’s system. lol

    I notice there’s a Teppan Yaki Grill below Aloha Grill. Probably pricey.

    Glad you finally got your Masthead artwork uploaded. Looks great. Only criticism is the green them on the template sort of conflicts with it. Can you change your template’s theme color? I’d go with Red or another color that ties in better with your design.

  • 2. Auntie Pupule  |  September 20, 2006 at 6:20 am

    Aloha! Great Blog! I’ll visit again. Keep up the excellent work!!!!

    Auntie Pupule

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  • 5. KEYWEST CHICK !  |  July 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Where is that place at ?


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