If you are looking for a variety of entrees to choose from then the Pupukea Grill should fit the bill. They feature Quesadillas, Wraps, Quinoa, Poke, Salads, Loco Moco, Fish, Frozen Desserts & Smoothies. Their prices range from $8 to $13. The Pupukea Grill is located just north of Waimea Bay, past the Foodland Pupukea grocery store.
From what I was told by the employees, the Spicy Tuna Bowl (Poke), the Shoyu Chicken and the BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadillas were the most popular items on the menu. Unfortunately, they were out of the Poke so I tried their BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla with avocados (adding avocados was an extra charge). Most people have had quesadillas from time to time, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla before today. When you put a twist on a classic dish like this it is one of those hit or miss type of things on a menu. You are either going to love it or hate it. Thankfully for me I thought it was actually very good.
The BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla comes with a very unique pineapple black bean salsa instead of the normal pico de gallo or classic style salsa. The salsa has a little kick to it, but nothing too hot. You also get a side of beans, Mexican rice and sour cream on a bed of lettuce and a little to go cup of extra BBQ sauce in case you need more than what’s already on them. I must say that even though I really like the traditional style of Quesadillas a lot, these were a nice change of pace. I would highly recommend adding the avocado, even with the extra cost, because it helps balance out the BBQ sauce and the pulled pork.
I personally could have done without the beans and rice as they were more filler than anything else. I would say this about any place that serves Mexican food, not just the Pupukea Grill. Most Mexican restaurants will serve quesadillas, enchiladas or burritos with a side of rice and beans. The rice served with the dish was more or less a scoop of white rice. Normally rice that comes with a dish like this will be an orange colored long-grained rice seasoned with diced tomatoes, chili powder, butter, onion, shredded cheddar, salt, green bell pepper and minced garlic ingredients. If you are hungry, it will help fill you up but on their own, it’s not really something that would be anything noteworthy.
The Pupukea Grill dining area is filled with signed photographs of local surfers, including some local legends so clearly the Pupukea Grill is one of their favorite spots to eat in the area. I can see why. Their portions are on the larger end, which is great for surfers who need that extra energy to keep them surfing till the sun goes down. Unfortunately, the Pupukea Grill is only open for 6 hours. So if you want to eat there, make sure you go from the hours of 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Overall, I really like their menu choices and even though I have only tried a couple items, I have liked what I have tasted so far. The Pupukea Grill also has a nice ocean view to enjoy, which is always a plus. The Quesadillas were very filling and tasted great. So if you are on the North Shore of Oahu, the Pupukea Grill is a great place to satisfy your appetite, just bear in mind their short operating hours or you might have to find another place to eat.
Here are a few photos from my visit to the Pupukea Grill
Map to the Pupukea Grill