The beautiful islands of Hawaii are renowned for both their stunning scenery and the unique culinary creations found there. Whether you’ve visited the islands or just dream of going some day, you can still transport yourself via your taste buds from right here at home. Here are some of our very favorite places to find Hawaiian food in and around Chicago.
For a drinks and date nights, try Lost Lake Tiki
3154 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
If you and your partner can’t quite swing a getaway to an island in the Pacific where you can sip drinks on the beach together, a trip to Lost Lake Tiki tropical cocktail bar may be the next best thing. With banana leaf wallpaper, a lauhala leaf ceiling and out-of-this-world cocktail options, you can’t go wrong. Many drinks are garnished with tropical flowers, just like they are in Hawaii. If you’re not sure what you want, go with the daily daiquiri special.
For a fantastic frozen treat, zoom to Snow Dragon Shavery
Locations in Lincoln Park, Evanston and Navy Pier
So, this isn’t exactly like the amazing shave ice you’ll find in Hawaii, but it’s light, airy and pretty awesome. They have tropical flavors like coconut and mango, as well as green tea and more traditional mainland flavors like vanilla and strawberry. You can also get fresh coconut water, frozen yogurt and macarons.
For authentic Hawaiian favorites, check out Aloha Eats
2534 N. Clark St., Chicago
This Lincoln Park restaurant has been going strong for more than a decade for good reason — it’s an authentic slice of Hawaii in Chicago. Hawaiians are known for their affinity for Spam and Spam Katsu Musubis are on the menu. Other island favorites include Loco Moco, which is two hamburger patties with runny eggs and gravy, and Hawaiian BBQ Chicken (A hit with kids!).
This story originally published Aug. 2, 2017 on ChicagoParent.com. It has been updated with the most recent information.