Bite of the Week: The Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates

The Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates // Photo by Tj Turner

The Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates // Photo by Tj Turner

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.

The newly opened sleek and chic North Loop Galley may offer only four different dining concepts for its guests, but they are so varied—and so creative—that most diners will find something to enjoy amongst the offerings. Case in point: the Hawaiian plate lunch-themed Ono Hawaiian Plates, which offers a mix of boldly flavored, lovingly made offerings.

The restaurant’s Luau Bowl ($15) is one of those most wonderful of foods—a dish that is a tremendous value and yet is also sufficiently delicious that all things financial drop out of your head when you start to eat it. For starters, it’s three distinct and tasty dishes in one: a mound of kahlua shredded pork on rice, poke-style ahi tuna on rice, and a healthy scoop of creamy macaroni salad. The pork is savory, properly seasoned, tender, and substantial—it’s a nice light meal unto itself. The ahi tuna chunks are small, delicate, and well-marinated with a real sesame kick, and they both contrast and complement the pork. Meanwhile, the mac and cheese is mellow, mild, creamy and filling.

This cornucopia-like bowl is a gift that keeps giving.

The Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates // Photo by Tj Turner

The Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates // Photo by Tj Turner

THE DISH: The Luau Bowl, $15

THE PLACE: Ono Hawaiian Plates, North Loop Galley, 729 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis

THE REASON: It’s full-flavored, savory, satisfying, and a stellar value for the dollar.