Hawaiian-inspired restaurant chain goes surfing in Houston

A fast, casual restaurant aims to bring a little island flavor to Houston. Hawaiian Brothers will open its first Bayou City outpost early next year in a former Taco Cabana at 6522 Westheimer Rd.

Founded in 2018 by brothers Cameron and Tyler McNie, the restaurant has grown from Kansas City to outposts in six states, including Austin and Dallas. Each location has an island-inspired design and a kitchen that doesn’t use microwaves, freezers, or deep fryers.

Hawaiian Bros. serves dishes prepared around a choice of protein accompanied by rice and macaroni salad. Small, classic and large sizes are available. Protein choices include:

  • Huli Huli Chicken: Restaurant Signature on Teriyaki Grilled Chicken
  • Luau Pig: Slow Roasted Kalua Pork Seasoned with Hawaiian Sea Salt
  • Molokai Chicken: a sweet and spicy take on the grilled chicken
  • Honolulu Chicken: Chicken infused with fresh garlic, green onions and sesame

In addition to the plates, diners will find Spam Musubi, the island’s classic snack made with pan-fried Spam and rice wrapped in seaweed. For dessert, Hawaiian Bros. serves Dole Whip, the pineapple-flavored app that can conjure up memories of visits to Disney World.

Beyond its cuisine, the restaurant prides itself on its service. Customers are treated like “ohana (family)” and employees are known to say “thank you” frequently.

“Houston has a deep and diverse dining scene, and you have to offer great and unique cuisine to break through,” Hawaiian Bros. President Scott Ford said in a statement. “Opening a location in Houston demonstrates confidence in our brand distinctiveness, our proven service model and our new approach to Island Comfort Food. “


Teresa Gubbins contributed to this article.

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