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Review: Hawaiian Bros lacks punch

Island grill serves underwhelming experience
Taylor Sumner
Molokai Chicken plate and seasoned vegetables plate from Hawaiian Bros.

A new Hawaiian Bros location opened in Lewisville on Monday, Nov. 6. Their menu consists of lunch plates, served with your choice of protein, sides and rice. They serve in small, classic and large sizes. 

There are six different lunch plates, but only two meat options: chicken and pork. The entrees come with rice and customizable choices of rice, macaroni salad, seasoned vegetables, chopped pineapple and Spam musubi. The island grill also offers Pacific Island Salad and pineapple soft serve ice cream. 

On a Tuesday afternoon, it was not busy as their four self-service kiosks were open and the seating area was practically empty. Near the kiosks is a shelf of different shirt options for any super-fans of the Hawaiian-inspired franchise. Throughout the afternoon, Hawaiian music was a great touch to enhance the tropical experience.

The Molokai Chicken isn’t spicy, despite it being the second spiciest option, but the teriyaki sauce boosts the flavor. The sauce itself is the highlight of the plate, as the rice doesn’t stand out either. The small size costs $8.95, with customizabled sides increasing the price. The portion doesn’t match the dollar amount as the plate isn’t filling, relative to other fast food restaurants. 

Lack of diversity in the menu means the available options need to stand on their own in a special way. However, none of the food choices give customers a unique experience. The Dole soft serve ice cream, which is a pineapple flavor, is also uninspiring. None of the menu choices necessarily taste bad, but nothing is special. 

The only plate that does not offer meat is the seasoned vegetables. As the name suggests, the plate comes with seasoned veggies, rice and macaroni salad. Yet, the veggies taste like they were just cooked with salt and pepper, no unique ‘spice blend’ as advertised.

The two family restrooms smelled of bananas and were sanitary. After washing your hands in the automatic sink, there’s a high-quality Dyson hand dryer as well as regular paper towels to dry your hands with. Don’t worry, there are speakers in the restrooms to keep playing the tropical music. 

The service satisfies and the interior is well made, so the dining experience is comfortable. However, the food itself disappoints with lack of flavor. Hawaiian Bros deserves a 4 out of 10, due to the limited options and pricey portions.

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    NormaJan 5, 2024 at 3:10 PM

    I liked it. If you are looking for a huge menu optio. Maybe try Cheesecake Factory.