Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Today's Groupon helps you quell an insurgent appetite: for $10, you get $25 worth of Hawaiian-style barbecue at the Pac Island Grill, which is located about 15 minutes outside downtown Tacoma in Federal Way. The establishment was awarded best entree in 2006 and 2007 at Taste of Tacoma and was named the second-best Asian Fusion in CityVoter's Best of Western Washington Contest in 2008 and 2009.
With an extensive menu of island-inspired eats, the eatery blissfully deserts feasters on an island of inspired cuisine. Start with an order of Spam musubi and enjoy the canned delicacy swaddled in a nori wrap with egg and rice ($4.95) or go for an order of Shanghai-style lumpia, a Pac Island family recipe of pork, shrimp, and vegetables in an eggroll-esque package ($5.50). Dinner at the eatery offers an abundant bounty of nourishment, with everything from noodles, rice, and burgers to their 13 barbecue combination platters. The loli chicken and Kalua pork, whose delectable pairing of barbecue chicken and slow-smoked pulled pork sautéed with cabbage ($10.49) was crowned best entree in the 2007 Taste of Tacoma festival, while the teriyaki-marinated kalbi short ribs ($10.95) was top entree in 2006. Most platters are served with two scoops of rice and either macaroni salad or island slaw. Salute sweet teeth with a tropical-fruit smoothie ($4.50), slice of pineapple upside-down cake ($3.75), or slice of molten-chocolate "luv-a-lava" cake ($5.95).
Pac Island's casual atmosphere boasts a festive jungle feel, with lush plant life surrounding a wicker-chair-furnished dining area. The next time a neighbor's unruly sprinkler system douses the flame on your personal grill, transfer the feast to Pac Island. The menu satisfies a craving for tender, barbecued meats, while the tropical ambience invites compelling debate on the evolving role of big-band musicians in the political arena.
The Seattle Times says the Pac Island Grill is good enough to eat twice:
- I was once told the only way to tell the quality of a meal is by how good the leftovers taste. And with the amount of food you get when you visit Pac Island Grill, you will have no problems filling both your belly and a to-go box. This Federal Way restaurant prides itself in the volume as well as the quality of its Hawaiian-style barbecue. – Jon Fisch, Seattle Times
- The food is great and authentic to Hawaii. But just as important is the sense of 'ohana' that you feel when visiting. Friday or Saturday night when the bands are playing feels like being at a baby's first luau in Waipahu. – HJ, Urbanspoon