The food may attract you, but you’ll stay for the atmosphere. Whether it’s your first time venturing into the eatery, or it’s your regular Friday night date spot, you’ll be greeted like family at Kama’aina Grindz.
Owned and managed by Chef Dean Shinagawa and family, this wellvisited hub for locals brings an exciting menu of authentic Hawaiian cuisine to the Everett area. Kama’aina’s wall of windows faces the streets of downtown, which offers abundant natural light and welcomes customers into the warm and lively interior of the restaurant. As for decor, a lone surfboard hangs overhead, and the worn brick walls feature tropical Hawaiian seascapes. The friendly chatter of customers fills the small dining room area as does the distinct clatter of cooking utensils, the hiss of oil, and the questions of servers taking orders. As the door swings open and customers file through, the warm “hellos” of servers and patrons swell into friendly conversation.
Reasonably priced and delicious all-around, we recommend starting the meal off with one of Kama’aina’s featured appetizers. Pick an option from the “Shaka” Plates. Offerings range from Crispy Smoked Gouda Cheese to Ginger Sesame Chicken Drumettes. If you’re seeking something spicy, try the Edamame “Hummus” — salty chips with a tasty sprinkle of seaweed flakes and creamy edamame dip.
The menu appears to adhere to a “less is more” mantra, as the compact yet tantalizing list features “Ono” Salads, “Wiki Wiki” Noodles, “Da Kine” Plates and Bowls, KG Burgers and Sands, and monthly specials, which are often announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
If you’re looking for a satisfying and flavorful dish, go for the Maui Style Bibimbap. The entrée showcases flank steak, seasoned and cooked to flavorful perfection, combined with a medley of vegetables (peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms), Portuguese sausage, and steaming white rice with a mouth-watering Korean Hot Sauce.
If you’ve got a craving for something sweet, try the Mochiko Chicken and Pineapple “Sweet and Sour,” which delivers a tart yet sweet and juicy experience with every bite. Bok Choy, peppers, onion and celery highlight the meal resulting in fresh flavors and a crunchy texture. With a crispy garnish and a base of white rice, this meal is complex and satisfying.
Enhance your meal’s fresh flavors with a truly authentic Hawaiian beverage. Quench your thirst with an island-style Hawaiian Sun Juice, Iced Tea, Lion Coffee, or a brew from the Kona Brewing Company. Try a Dry Soda with fun flavors that include Wild Lime, Blood Orange, Vanilla Bean, and Cucumber. Or, support regional wineries with either a glass or bottle from Patterson Cellars or Kendall Jackson Winery. With the beverage list nearly as long as the entrées on the menu, there is surely something for everybody.
Whether it’s a bubbly atmosphere or fresh flavors you seek, you’re always welcome at Kama’aina Grindz.
2933 Colby Ave., Everett 425.322.5280 kamaainagrindz.com