So you know that meat product that comes in a can – SPAM – well its delicious. I thought you guys should know, because I just tried it at Ono Gridnz and it was really tastey. Tastier than I thought it would be honestly (meat out of a can = questionable). My sister was visiting from Tahoe and she used to live in Hawaii so she loves all of the treats from there. She was dying for some Musubi (whatever that is) and asked us to try out Ono Grindz.
We ordered way more than we needed to but everything looked and sounded so good (and in our defense, we were really hungry). For starters we ordered the mac and cheese, tuna poke with chips and musubi. Musubi, for those non-spam eaters, is spam sushi. It’s cooked spam on top of rice wrapped in seaweed.
The mac and cheese was one of the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve had my fair share). It had spam in it (are you sensing a theme here) and zucchini. The spam was the perfect amount of saltiness to bring out the cheese flavor and the soft zucchini pieces added texture and flavor that made this mac rise above the rest.
I love raw fish, how I survived for so long without it, I will never know. Now I am making up for it, ordering it whenever I can. Tuna is my favorite, and the poke was just perfect. The sauce was flavorful enough but not overpowering and the crunch and salt of the potato ships worked perfectly with the fish.
After the three appetizers (more like entrees) we moved on to dinner. We ordered the katsu club, kalua pig sandwich, and the spam saimin. The best of the three, in my opinion, was the kalua pork.
It was melt in your mouth soft and had a great flavor. The bun was a perfect vehicle for the soft pork and crispy cabbage and tangy slaw. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The katsu club (I want it to be called katsu klub) was really good too. Totally different from the pork. It was a crispy fried chicken sandwich what was the perfect amount of crunchy and had a good amount of veggie flavor from the avocado, tomato and slaw.
The third entree we ordered was the spam saimin (saimin = noodle soup). Let me tell you, this is the dish that changed my mind about spam. The grilled spam with the noodles was to die for. And dying for canned meat may sound weird but this spam was so soft and salty and when paired with the soup it was the best combination of flavors and textures. How could you not die for that cute smile?
Oh, did I mention that after sharing basically six entrees between three people we also got dessert? Well, we did. We got the chocolate haupia pie, which they serve at McDonald’s in Hawaii (questionable again, but it didn’t disappoint). Chocolate mousse on top, with a coconut layer and then a graham cracker crust on the bottom, it has everything you want in a dessert.
Ono Grindz is definitely a place you should try out. Everything we had was amazing, I don’t think they have the ability to make something not amazing here. Apparently they started out as just a brunch place – done and done. We will be back.