According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Hawaiian meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some authentic Hawaiian cuisine the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $13, you get a Hawaiian dinner for two (up to a $25.88 total value) at Lanikai Grill, located in South Jordan. The dinner includes the following:
- One frybread appetizer (a $3.50 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $9.50 value each)
- Two fountain drinks (a $1.69 value each)
Lanikai Grill proprietors Phil and Jenine Filipe catch flavor waves with a menu of Hawaiian barbecue favorites and Asian cuisine inspired by their own Tongan upbringing. Teeth dive into innovative island fare by pillow fighting with pieces of warm frybread, dusted with powdered sugar and served alongside honey butter. Succulent entrees round out Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese flavors into traditional Polynesian stomach stuffers, representing a tasty multilateral victory for diplomatic taste buds. Mahalo rice bowls convene a choice of meat with sauce-laden vegetables atop a mound of fluffy grains, and Lanikai Delights invite chicken katsu, Hawaiian barbecued short ribs, or fried mahi-mahi to luaus hosted by two scoops of rice and a side of macaroni salad. Flavorful morsels surf down esophagi on waves of bottomless fountain soda without the burden of throat-encumbering boogie boards.
The owners' menu of traditional Polynesian dishes hearkens back to their upbringing on Hawaii. Within an open-air kitchen, the staff grills and fries fresh ingredients and assemble them into lunch plates inspired by Hawaii's diverse immigrant population. Techniques and flavors borrowed from Japanese, Korean, and Indian cuisines are woven into Polynesian favorites, such as frybread, barbecue pork, and chicken-curry rice bowls. Through the tall windows of the exhibition storefront, sunshine spills in to bathe the eatery's goldenrod walls in natural light and allow diners to wear their mining helmets solely as fashion statements.