Island Grill Hawaiian Barbeque

Island Grill Hawaiian BBQ

Island Grill Hawaiian Barbeque

Location: SW 9th and Alder
Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime

The Story:

When one cart closes, someone is always there to re-open with something new. Shortly after Tofu House closed, Island Grill was open with a menu of Hawaiian treats.

We have a few Hawaiian carts in town now with 808 Grinds and Ninja Plate Lunch. With the addition of Island Grill, Portland cart lovers have yet another choice for Kalua Pork or a side of macaroni salad. Hawaii is also famous for loco moco and Island Grill has it if that is your desire – a plate of rice with a hamburger patty, brown gravy and fried egg atop.

Teriyaki Chicken Plate

Teriyaki Chicken Plate

The plate lunches are pretty a la carte – rice and macaroni salad with your choice of meat – and two different sizes if you’re looking to eat less. The meat options aren’t surprising – kalua pork, beef shortribs, chicken katsu, hamburger steak – just to name a few. I decided to try the Teriyaki chicken and got a full plate with two scoops or rice and the salad. The grilled chicken had a char to it that when paired with the sweetness you get from teriyaki sauce, created a great mix of flavors. The macaroni salad was a treat, one of my favorite types of salad. I even added a spam musubi – rice, spam and sauce wrapped in seaweed. I love spam musubi.

Island Grill is open right there on cart row on SW Alder between 9th and 10th. Check them out if you’re looking for a change – they usually have daily specials that are different from the menu. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

Plate lunches are either mini for $5 or regular for $6.50
Mini: 1 scoop of rice and 1 scoop of macaroni salad with choice of meat
Regular: add a scoop or rice

Meat choices:  BBQ beef; Teriyaki beef; Hamburger steak; Beef short ribs; Kalua pork; BBQ spicy pork; Pork katsu; Fried shrimp; Fried mahi mahi; BBQ chicken; Teriyaki chicken; Shoyu chicken; Chicken katsu

  • Add Musubi for $2
  • Burgers – $5 with choice of meat
  • Yakisoba noodles – $6
  • Loco moco – $7
  • Island Bibimbap – $6

Hours: Weekdays, lunchtime
Contact: unknown




  1. Not to nit-pick, but isn’t the plate lunch the exact opposite of “a la carte” (food that can be ordered separately)? Frankly, I would love a la cart Hawaiian food because the macaroni salad does nothing for me.

  2. dieselboi says

    I can see what you mean. What I meant was that you get to choose what goes on your plate – which meat, which side etc. Maybe I used the term a la carte incorrectly.

  3. Something I learned from my parents growing up: a good macaroni salad can be a make or break deal in order for me to want to return and try the food again. Obviously the rest of the food has to be good, but if I’m going to starch up with two scoops of rice already in my system, then the hidden secret has to always be the macaroni salad.

    I also like the fact that they also sell a “mini”, which is perfect for those who may not have hearty appetites, do not have a second person to share it with, or simply do not want to take this home (cold rice can be iffy the next day, but a killer macaroni salad, again, can be key). Shoyu chicken does sound good right about now.

  4. therese wheeler says

    Man, i miss that, when visiting oregon….frankly, i do not like,macaroni sald….

  5. This place isn’t so great there musubi’s are pretty good but 808 is still king for hawaiian if you ask me

  6. This was my first visit to a Hawaiian food cart, and maybe I’m missing something, but I thought the whole experience was pretty underwhelming. I got the Kalua Pork and it was just plain rice, fairly bland pork, and macaroni salad…was really expecting more here. Like I said, maybe this is the standard, but I was really hoping for more.

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