A little Hawaiian aloha comes to Milwaukie, OR

This weekend was the grand opening of the Ohana Hawaiian Cafe in downtown Milwaukie. This is the 2nd location for the owners of the cafe. Their original Ohana Hawaiian Cafe is on 62nd and Sandy Blvd, Portland.

I timed my lunch visit so I could watch the hula dancers. The service was excellent. The food was good and plentiful. I purposely ordered too much so I could have leftovers both for lunch and dinner tomorrow. I will return.

I hope that this restaurant does well in this spot. The previous two did not. The first restaurant that was here was really good but I knew from the start that it was not a good fit for the area. It needed to be some where more trendy and upscale. The menu was too much, everything from tofu to prime rib.The second restaurant was good the first time I ate there but the second time they were off. Also they had applied for a video poker license so they had to black out their almost floor to ceiling windows so no one outside could see in. That ruined the whole ambience of the bright, cheery place that it used to be.

Pretend you are sitting on the beach with a nice trade wind watching the hula. Block out the cars as they drive by.

Table centerpiece



Ahi poke – leftovers with the salad greens, some cucumber, zucchini and tomato for lunch tomorrow



charbroiled short rib plate – pulehu salt rub, homemade rub made with Hawaiian sea salt, fresh garlic and ginger. A scoop of sticky rice and organic green salad tossed with a papaya seed vinegrette dressing.

Leftovers for dinner tomorrow night.



Bar area, no alcoholic beverages though. They do have shave ice.



The keikis waiting for their next turn to dance





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