When you can’t get to Hawaii but crave a taste of these Pacific Islands, you don’t have to travel that far. Just make a reservation at Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz. Chef Kalmana Chee, a native of the North Shore of O’ahu, has brought the Hawaiian flavors he grew up with to his Fallston, Maryland restaurant, Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz.
Most notably is poke (pronounced poh-key), a raw fish salad that is a staple throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Poke has a growing customer base in the contagious United States and now can be found on menus in restaurants who like to show off their international flare. Forbes Magazine in May, 2017 wrote about the growing market for this dish.
From a personal perspective, my first encounter was the Hula Girl Food Truck in Washington DC, also operated by a native of Hawaii.
When you go to Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz, you have choices of #1 Tuna, Lomi Salmon, Walu, and Crispy Tofu pokes – pick one or get the sampler with all four.
Whereas poke is the hot culinary offering, you should also look over the wide array of alternative dishes that will tantalize and more than satisfy your cravings: Kalua Pig Lumpia with smoked braised pork, vegetarian Pipeline Potstickers, or grab yourself Spam Musubi – teriyaki marinated seared spam wrapped in sticky rice and nori.
Entrees bring those Hawaiian, Polynesian and Asian flavors to the forefront; brined chicken in sesame shoyu with Asian stir fry and Hawaiian chili water, Pulehu steak crusted with Hawaiian rock salt and Kona coffee with a pineapple glaze or the Kalbi style beef, Korean cut beef short rib, braised in sweet garlic and aloha shoyu with Hawaiian greens. You don’t want to miss the DA Kalua Pig, pork shoulder smoked in banana leaves.
I’m sure you are wondering about the word Grindz in their name, it is a Hawaiian colloquialism for delicious food.
A good time to give them a try is their Fall Food & Wine Dinner, October 19th – 5 courses for $50.
Uncle’s Happy Hour! Monday thru Friday 4 – 7 p.m. at Uncle’s Bar Room, and during ALL Ravens games… $3 OFF All Apps and $2 OFF All Drinks!
Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz
Fallston Village Center
2315 Belair Road
Fallston, MD 21047
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