Waikikie Hawaiian BBQ

From the decorations to the music, and of course the food, travel to Hawaii just by walking in the front door of this barbecue joint. The inside is filled with fun, tropical décor including the light-up palm tree at the entrance.

The number 15 has been a staple in our household for many years, whether we pick up our Hawaiian Barbecue Beef Plate to go, or sit down and enjoy it in-house. Most plates come with portions of two rice scoops and a scoop of their delicious macaroni salad. We typically top the meal with homemade teriyaki sauce. I sometimes stop by just to get a quart of macaroni salad to go, it really is that good!

If you can’t decide between chicken or beef, the Waikikie Combo is a perfect compromise. For kids, a great pick is the chicken katsu or fried shrimp from the kids’ menu, which is served with fries. Kids could also choose a mini plate, which has macaroni salad, meat and rice, but in smaller portions. We haven’t braved the Spam Musubi appetizer yet, but have heard good things about the Hawaiian staple.

The puzzles are a big hit for families, and can keep kids entertained while waiting for their food. Live music is played on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Details: 2160 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta. 404-638-1115. Open for lunch and dinner; closed Mondays.

– Jordan Lisvosky

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