Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share their under-the-radar recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Prior to surfing into his new gig as the executive chef for Quartet, Adam Kekahuna was the executive chef for Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. But this isn't the Hawaiian native's first time cooking in the Beaver State. Previously, Adam was the chef/owner of Loca Luna Restaurant in Corvallis, Oregon, and prior to that, served as executive chef and partner in other Corvallis restaurant projects including Aqua Seafood Restaurant and Bar and Terzo Italian Restaurant. Corvallis still has a soft spot in this tropical island boy's heart — and stomach. That's why he thinks nothing of taking a road trip south to his favorite plate lunch joint: Local Boyz Hawaiian Cafe.
"When I dine out I like to go with my wife Carrie, my two daughters Jay'da (8), and Jae'lyn (5). We like to try all types of cuisine and we don't mind the drive. Our favorite spot would definitely be Local Boy'z Hawaiian Cafe in Corvallis. It's a Hawaiian plate lunch cafe that serves teriyaki, kalbi, and huli huli chicken with island-style macaroni salad and sticky rice. I have been eating there since they first opened in 1995 and to the locals, it's no secret that this is a favorite. We would go as a 'ohana' (extended family) before Beavers football games or many times just to get some 'ono' (delicious) grinds. We love to see our daughters pound down the kalbi ribs with smiles on their faces then reaching for their POG juice and saying to me that 'this is so ono daddy!' It's a must-try place."
Image of Local Boy'z courtesy TripAdvisor