Friday, March 19, 2010
Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant
Address: 13014 Hwy 99 So. Everett, WA 98204
Occasion: In the neighborhood
Aloha! Last night Sir Eat-a-lot (S.E.A.L. – at his request) and I were running errands in an area that we do not typically spend a lot of time. The Lynnwood/Alderwood area does have a rather nice mall, but other than mall food and the restaurants that surround the mall (the BIG chain restaurants you can get just about anywhere), we didn’t know of many places to eat, so we decided to take the extra ten minutes to drive to a favorite we don’t visit that often. I first heard of this place through “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," which, for a Foodie-in-Training (FIT) is a show that supplies a list of places to try and dream of.
If you want Hawaiian, sure there is L&L (to review another time) but Bobby’s brings the Aloha to Seattle in a different way.
Atmosphere: Not the greatest. If you weren’t looking for their little building, you would miss it. Situated off Highway 99 and tucked behind a fence, you could easily drive right past the small building. Inside there are high bench seats that look a bit like they were stolen from an old Mexican restaurant. They also have a little “patio” out back that has a tiny patch of grass. They do have great Hawaiian music playing, which magically drowns out the rush of Highway 99, and for a moment you feel like you are back in the islands.
Food: If you love Hawaiian food as much as I do and don’t get to visit the Aloha State as much as you would like, Bobby’s will hit the spot. They basically have two different menus: O’hana style (that’s “family style” for all you Haoles out there) or plate lunch. Each plate lunch comes with the standard two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. We ordered two Spam musubi, fried rice (Yum!) and the combo entrée with kalua pig and Kalbi short ribs. We’ve also had the mochi chicken before and let me tell you, I regret not getting an order last night. That chicken is the stuff dreams are made of. By the way, if you are one who is “afraid” of Spam but have never tried it…get over it. I love Hawaiian-style fried rice. It is a little bit lighter in color compared to what you may be used to, but is typically made with Hawaiian shoyu and is not as salty. S.E.A.L. and I believe it is a good sign if you can see the egg. The rice is just the way I like it and you can tell that Bobby has mastered the art of creating Kalua pig without digging a hole out back. It was moist, full of flavor and taste like it had been cooking underground all day. Next time I am going to try the Lomi Salmon and will not be leaving without that mochi chicken. I wouldn’t rate the macaroni salad the best – I’ve had better – but I would say the rest makes up for it!
Price: A great deal, especially if you go O’hana style. We paid $4.95 for an O’hana-sized serving of fried rice and most O’hana entrees were around $10 each. The plate lunches run around the $7-11 range and can easily feed one person with leftovers. The side orders, in general, run anywhere from $1.50 to $9.50, but we’ve only had the spam musubi, which was $2.50 each, but were decent in size. POG juice was a bit pricey ($1.50) but this is a juice that is typically imported in from Hawaii so I expect to pay a little bit more.
Overall Recommendation: I would go here again. And again and again. I love the simplicity of Hawaiian culture and that same lifestyle is reflected in their food: simple and delicious food that leaves your tummy happy. I wouldn’t say this is a “night out of the town” kind of place, but if you’re looking for good food Bobby’s is your place. Enjoy!
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