Sandwiched between Super Cuts and China Doll in the Crossroads Plaza strip mall, Aloha Café greets you with neon hula girls and surfboards hanging from the wall. The menu is posted overhead and the ordering is done at the counter. The food comes up almost instantly and is brought out to your table. This is no-frills eats that will fill you up and not break the bank.
The choices are beef, chicken and pork with sides of white or brown rice, yakisoba noodles, coleslaw, chips and potato-macaroni salad. There are a variety of "mix-plates" with a number of meats and sides and even Da Big Kahuna ($11.75), a sample of everything that's enough to share.
I was less impressed with the BBQ Pork sandwich. The pork was the same Kalua Pork, flavorful and juicy, but it was covered with a BBQ sauce that tasted like the inside of a can. The tinny flavor ruined the sandwich for me and the squishy white hotdog bun didn't help.
Aloha has bottled juices, tea, and soda. They also have Hawaiian Sun, canned beverages made in Hawaii with flavors like Lilikoi Passion, Guava Nectar and Tropical Iced Tea with pineapple. Also, it was good to see recycle bins and food served on paper rather than Styrofoam. The interior is no muss, no fuss with tables filled with nearby retail and construction workers on their lunch break. There is a busy to-go business especially during lunch, as lots of big orders leave in the hands of hungry customers. Service is super friendly and fast and the looping surf films keep the kiddies (and husbands) occupied.
Whenever I'm in Hawaii I gorge on mangos and an occasional pig cooked in a pit, so I have no idea whether this is "traditional" Hawaiian food, but this is an overall good place to grub, especially for the price. This is the second Hawaiian eatery in Bend and a suitable addition to the scene.Aloha Café