readers! The end of the summer is here, but have no fear, this writer is here, with the perfect spot to carry the summer vibe into wintertime. It’s Noho’s Hawaiian Cafe, located at 4627 N.E. Fremont, near the Alberta Arts District. So you know, this low-key cafe hosts live music, while providing Hawaiian-style ambiance and “da kine grinds,” as the Hawaiians say.
Grinds, or good dishes, are served here like kim chee, Yakisoba noodles in oyster sauce, ribs, beef, pork and chicken, all barbequed Hawaiian-style. Noho’s famous dry rub (available for purchase) makes the meat fall right off the bone. Bowls of white rice, macaroni salad and pupus (similar to spring rolls) are served with an amazing dipping sauce, made with Noho’s recipe, available for purchase for use at home.
The family platters seem to be the way to order, because each platter features barbeque with your choice of kalua ono or teriyaki, with different seasonings and flavors and choice of sides. Pupus are an appetizer, so order them first for a hot start to your meal. There’s plenty of food for the whole family, even the ones that stayed home!
Orange mango juice is a refreshing way to wash down “da grinds,” or you can have a specialty beer or a cocktail from Noho’s full bar. Noho’s on Fremont has two indoor dining areas with a bar with bamboo furniture and Hawaiian-style artwork, along with a friendly staff. You can also enjoy dining outside on the Lanai or patio (covered in the winter), where there’s Tiki torches, a fire pit and traditional Hawaiian songs and classic favorites played acoustically by Mea.