Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Great Lakes >
Feb 7, 2012 09:33 AM

Aloha Hawaiian BBQ- Dearborn [DTW]

Has anyone tried Aloha Hawaiin BBQ on Michigan Ave. in Dearborn? Been craving some hawaiian bbq and this was the only places I could find in the area. I don't want to make the 2 hour trip for bad food. Any other suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Is this for real?!?!

    I'm from Hawaii, and would be absolutely THRILLED if there was real Hawaiian food around here! I've searched the area numerous times for Hawaiian food in the Detroit area, and really can't believe there's actually something here!

    Several years ago (2004-2006ish), there was a Hawaiian restaurant in Brighton that I suspect was called something like "Aloha Hawaiian". I'm wondering if this might be the same ownership?

    I quickly googled this place, but didn't find anything much besides a Yellow Pages listing and a food safety violation from 2009... Has this place been open since 2009? Is it still open? I might call them later today... I doubt they'll answer at 4:30 am!

    6 Replies
    1. re: jjspw

      Don't get your hopes up. The address listed (18900 Mich Ave) in the Yellow Pages is for Fairlane mall, and there's no such restaurant shown now on the mall website. Maybe a short-lived food court experiment?

      There used to be a small cafe in Clinton Township on Groesbeck called Chef Ramone that had Hawaiian-ish food. That's closed, but he does catering now (check out the "luau" menu:

      Would love to see a place in the area with plate-lunch type food.

      1. re: gooddog

        Thanks for the info, gooddog. I had a feeling this was too good to be true, especially when a google search turned up basically nothing recent.

        I agree that I'd love a plate-lunch type place, but unfortunately, those places never seem to survive on the mainland outside of cities that have a large Hawaiian community (e.g. Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, greater LA area).

        1. re: jjspw

          Pardon my ignorance and laziness. What makes Hawaiian BBQ different?

          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            Well "Hawaiian BBQ" is sort of misleading. The term "BBQ" is one of those things that Americans have sort of attached to the cuisine, much like they've done to "Korean BBQ". So most Hawaiian restaurants on the mainland will call themselves "Hawaiian BBQ" even though there isn't much barbecue aspect to the food, but it's rather actual "plate lunch" type Hawaiian food.

            1. re: jjspw

              Milady, you are a scholar and a gentlewoman.

              Never too old to learn something new. Another reason to put the Aloha State on my got to visit list.

              Many thanks.

              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                Demmit, I kinda figured this was a wild goose chase ( I found much the same results through Google.) I would love a Hawaiian plate lunch place since one of my friends spent a week there in July and was raving about some of the plate lunch spots.