North Shore Hawaiian Barbecue

North Shore Hawaiian BBQ
606 N. 105th St.
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 783-3998

Walking along 105th towards Greenwood last night (on my way to the ever awesome Wayward Coffee House Open Mic) I decided to try this little Hawaiian place I’d seen dozens of times. North Shore Hawaiian Barbecue. It’s right next door to a small bar you’ve never heard of. The two places seem a little out of place smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood but I like to try new shit and Hawaiian sounded good.

I strolled into the joint and they’ve got the requisite Hawaiian music playing, hot hula chicks on the walls and a reasonably priced menu (not cheap but reasonable). After a short discussion with the Japanese girl at the counter I decide on the BBQ beef instead of the beef curry cause curry just doesn’t sound Hawaiian at all.

I have the option of some authentic(y) Hawaiian beverages in a can or Sobe. I go for the Sobe cause I’m not getting carried away here. I drop a Hamilton on the meal and get a few pennies back. There went my coffee money. I sit down with the Arts section of the newspaper and await my Hawaiian feast.

After a few minutes I get a plate with a huge serving of sweet bbq beef so tender I can cut it with my white plastic fork. Two scoops of sticky multi colored fried rice (I payed the extra 35 cents to upgrade it from the bland white cause that’s how I roll.) and a heaping scoop of macaroni salad which seemed likely to be the only authentic Hawaiian food on the plate.

I dug in taking mixed bites of bbq beef and rice, or macaroni salad and rice. It was good, really fucking good. As the huge plate of food disappeared before me I began to wonder what “real” Hawaiian food tasted like. They had Spam on offer and as anyone that’s seen 50 First Dates knows the Hawaiians must love the Spam. They also have a shaved ice bar if you’re into that kind of thing.

All in all the meal there was reminiscent of the “Orange King” teriyaki place on the Ave. Only more expensive and a little better. It’s worth the ten bucks if you have it but don’t expect a real Hawaiian experience at North Shore.

3 Comments so far

  1. dw (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 9:24 am

    You’re three blocks from my house, and you don’t even stop by to say hello?

  2. Steve (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    We discovered North Shore about six months ago and now get weekly takeout (which is even more convenient than usual since they have a drive through). Their fish is so-so, but their meats are great and the macaroni salad is the best on the mainland.

    I agree completely with Jeremy’s review except for one comment: “…don’t expect a real Hawaiian experience at North Shore.” Talk about getting real…

    Plate lunch is a “real Hawaiian experience” (at least it is every time I visit the islands). What are you expecting? Slack-key guitar and hula videos? There’s a whole range of cultures that are “Hawaiian” and in terms of Chinese/Japanese/Hawaiian plate lunch, these guys are pretty good. The only plate lunch I’ve liked better on the islands is Hanalei Mixed Plate.

    And personally, I like the satellite TV that plays Hawaiian rap one night and Merrie Monarch another.

  3. Jeremy (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

    To be fair to North Shore I’ve only eaten there the one time and really enjoyed it. However I was expecting something less like teriyaki and more like a pig on a spit, or some pineappley goodness.

    I’m not exactly sure what classifies as Hawaiian but I didn’t feel like I was eating something from the islands.

    I may have to try some of the spam dishes or that burger with the eggs on it. That’s the sort of thing I think of when someone says ALOHA!

    Thanks for the comments and if you have any other suggestions from the menu let me know!

    And DW, we must be neighbors! I’m off 107th a couple blocks past beautiful Aurora Ave.

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