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This Spot Created the Ultimate King Hawaiian’s Sandwich

Taking KING’S HAWAIIAN® buns to another dimension, Santa Ana, California-based Faka’s Island Grill has created the Spam Grilled Cheese. It’s sweet, savory and melty in-between.

Sure to make your mouth water, the next level sandwich is made with BBQ-glazed grilled Spam that tops dripping fried cheese. Tangy mustard lathers the Spam and toasted KING’S HAWAIIAN® buns give the sandwich an awesome, chewy finish. And in true KH fashion, they can be pulled apart and enjoyed separately or as a whole if you’re really into buns.

As a contestant in last year’s KING’S HAWAIIAN® and Foodbeast sweepstakes, Taste of Aloha, Faka’s Spam Grilled Cheese was so undeniable, it had to receive special props. 

KING’S HAWAIIAN® and Foodbeast are revving up again for this year’s Taste of Aloha. If you’re a mom and pop restaurant and wanna put your KH twist to the test, head to their website for a chance to win a Foodbeast feature worth $25k along with other prizes.

Orange County, California residents or those nearby that wanna try one of these babies out, they’ll be on Faka’s menu now as a permanent option.

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Folks are Calling This Vegas Restaurant Chain the ‘Hawaiian Chipotle’

Folks are calling this spot the “Hawaiian Chipotle!” The place in question is Makai Pacific Island Grill, which you might have seen in a few viral TikToks recently. 

Makai has been in the Las Vegas area since 2016 and has quickly grown into a chain with four locations. They are all about building custom bowls of Hawaiian barbecue favorites, and the number of possible combinations are truly insane.

So what makes this place worthy of the moniker “Hawaiian Chipotle?” There’s a couple of reasons: First, like Chipotle, this is an assembly line style fast casual spot. That means you go down the line and pick what you want in your bowl, and there’s a ton of fresh and crowd favorite Hawaiian food options.

You start by picking a base of brown rice, white rice, or salad, and from there, there’s a ton of protein options and sides to choose from. Classic proteins available are katsu chicken, teriyaki chicken, and Pulehu steak. They also have more unique offerings like mochiko chicken wings that you can add on top. 

Makai is also mixing two different kinds of poke fresh daily: shoyu poke and spicy poke. They come in little cups but you can also ask for the rice to be flattened, and even get the poke lightly seared and scattered on top. 

For sides, you can add on classic mac salad or a tossed salad, or veggies like kimchi coleslaw, corn, and edamame. Combine together your base, protein, and side options, and there’s a lot of different custom bowls you can make.

The other big reason Makai is compared to Chipotle is how fast it’s starting to grow. They just recently went from a single location in the Vegas area to four. Sure, it’s not groundbreaking or as expansive as the actual Chipotle, but it’s a starting point from which Makai could potentially grow and spread locations to anywhere else.

In the meantime, it’s definitely earning the title several have given it of the “Hawaiian Chipotle.”

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Of Course A Korean BBQ Joint Would Make Great Jerky


A few weeks ago, we wrote that popular Korean BBQ chain Gen offered a delivery service where you could get your frozen meat delivered anywhere. We had no idea, despite many visits to the Korean BBQ house, that they actually made beef jerky.

A feature of Gen Delivers is that you can order bags of beef jerky online. Kind of an add-on to your frozen meat order, or simply if you’re in the mood for jerky and nothing else. The flavors are : Spicy, Hawaiian, and Cajun.


They weren’t bad, and in fact, a pleasant surprise.

We passed the bags around the office to see what fellow Foodbeasts thought of the product. Here’s what the few that weren’t taking an afternoon nap had to say:


Initial thought: the bag should come with a plastic zipper so it’s resealable. The Hawaiian’s good.


What jerky company is making jerky with legit cuts and KBBQ-level marinades?


I feel like jerky is either the really soft delicious kind or the super hard gas-station kind and this somehow sits in the middle.

Each bag is about $6, which you can order from Gen’s online delivery store.



Cheesy Pineapple-Stuffed ‘Bacon Pockets’ Will Change Your Life


This recipe for Cheesy Pineapple-Stuffed ‘Bacon Pockets’ comes from the same bacon enthusiast who brought you Hawaiian Burger Bacon Balls and Bacon-Wrapped Mac & Cheese Meatloaf. Yes, crap soup (gotta love the name) is at it again, this time with a makeover of a microwavable standard: The Hot Pocket.

Except that instead of simply wrapping a hot pocket in bacon (what did you think this was, amateur time?), the crust was replaced with strips of bacon and stuffed with a hearty helping of mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni and pineapple chunks.

Although, in the recipe crapsoup uses that turkey bacon nonsense. We’re going to let that temporary lapse in judgement slide this time. Ok, so maybe we didn’t change your life but hey, we bet you really wanna sink your teeth in some juicy, crispy bacon right now.

Unless you’re a vegetarian, then ew.

Head over here to check out the recipe.

H/T + PicThx Instructables


EAT THIS: Hawaiian Burger Bacon Balls Stuffed with Pineapple & Oozing with Provolone


There was this, and then there was thisHawaiian Burger Bacon Balls. Stuffed with provolone melting into sweet pineapple chunks and enveloped in a carnivorous hug of ground beef and bacon, these babies are the new hors d’oeuvres-gone-beast.

Tell me you don’t want to wrap your lips around these luscious pieces of juicy meat and bite down as cheese oozes down your chin. You can’t, because you want to. Oh. So. Badly.

Head over here to check out the recipe by crapsoup, the same mad, glorious genius behind Bacon-Wrapped Mac & Cheese Meatloaf. 

H/T instructables

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Mango Habanero Joins Hawaiian Kettle Chip Family

The Hawaiian Kettle Chips have been around a long time. So long, in fact, I’ve been in love with the Sweet Maui Onion flavor since middle school. The Original was a good pick during high school since it didn’t leave too much of a mess in my mouth or hands. I’ve recently gotten into the Luau BBQ as I started going to college. Great flavors, great chips.

And now that a new Mango Habanero flavor will be added into the mix, I feel like I’m finally able to begin a new chapter in my life. The chips are slow cooked and seasoned with sweet and spicy care.

via: Candy & Snack Today


Hawaiian BBQ Plates: Pineapple Chicken & Chicken Katsu

Victor and I were cruising around looking for something to eat that we both hadn’t had in awhile. Well wouldn’t you know it, we came across this Hawaiian BBQ place that did the job. Victor (VYaniePhoto) stuck with the classic chicken katsu, where I myself tried the pineapple chicken. If I had to choose 10 things to eat for the rest of my life, macaroni salad would be one of them.


Wetzel's Pretzels Hawaiian Pretzel

“Lei on the Flavor”

This is the newest promotion from pretzel professionals at Wetzel’s Pretzels: The Hawaiian Pretzel.

A signature freshly baked soft pretzel topped with Ham & Pineapple. Find one of the over 175 Wetzel’s Pretzels locations and grab one here.