San Francisco’s New Wave of Hawaiian Restaurants

Despite being a hop away from Hawaii, San Francisco’s never had much of a Hawaiian food scene. But lately, we've been riding the wave of aloha. In the past year, three new spots have opened — a significant number, considering there were only a handful of Hawaiian restaurants to begin with. Just don’t go into any of them expecting plate lunches; instead, you’ll see fresh twists on island favorites made with Bay Area ingredients. Below, a snapshot of what to expect.


The gist: The most popular brunch spot in Bernal Heights right now is this weekend pop-up. Chef Jordan Keao focuses on bringing Asian and Hawaiian sensibilities to classic breakfast dishes, using both local produce as well as specialty ingredients like hearts of palm imported from the Big Island, where he grew up.

Menu highlights: The kitchen serves lots of island classics with a modern twist, like guava and taro French toast with bacon and coconut foam ($12); kalbi loco moco with hearts of palm, pico de gallo and smoked mushroom gravy ($16); and Portuguese sausage and eggs with rice and green onion salsa verde ($13). End the meal with malasadas and haupia custard ($6) for dessert, and wash it all down with Saint Frank coffee.