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Monday, July 9, 2012

Ono Grindz Brings The Big Island to The Avenues

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge The Big Island at Ono Grindz. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • The Big Island at Ono Grindz.

Ono Grindz opened in the Richmond District in May, the latest in a growing number of new Hawaiian eateries and pop-ups. Ono's focus is squarely on breakfast and lunch with a menu that mixes typical Hawaiian favorites with some mainland-influenced remixes.

The Big Island ($11) is a good breakfast plate for the indecisive who can't decide if they want a sweet or savory start. Protein comes from slices of faintly sweet Portuguese sausage (or Spam, bacon, or housemade sausage) and eggs cooked any style. The carb craving is satisfied by "plantation potatoes" stir fried with red peppers, onions, and celery, and a sweet tooth smiles from the apple-banana pancakes topped with coconut creme and crushed macadamia nuts (no maple syrup offered or needed).

If that sounds too cloying somehow, there are several kimchi and Spam-led items, including Spam and cheese waffles and Spam-enhanced mac and cheese, to bring you over to the salt side.

One word of caution: Make sure you don't need to do anything productive after this meal.

Ono Grindz 832 Clement (at Ninth Ave.), 221-4746

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