The best thing since coconut bikinis

Published On 07/14/2011 Published On 07/14/2011

While ethnically diverse, The District doesn't generally see much from Hawaii, unless you're talking about the ‘80s, when it was basically nothing but Five-O. Now hawking the best of Hawaii (that doesn't involve Scott Caan's witticisms -- he's so sharp!): Hula Girl.

Tricked out right by an Oahu native, Hula Girl's primed to lei out island edibles from an aqua cruiser outfitted with '50s-station-wagon-y wood paneling, a silhouetted dancing girl mural, and a flatscreen blasting vintage surf films so full of aloha, only an a-hola wouldn't stop to watch. Everything's made to order: just pick your choice of grilled teriyaki skirt steak, chicken breast, or tofu, and then have them toss it in a crisp Asian salad, a banh mi-style sandwich w/ spicy soy mayo and pickled-daikon slaw, or a lunch plate with two scoops of rice and one of "mac salad": irresistible to women due to its confident pick-up lines, and being salad. If things still feel too mainland-y, they've got edamame tossed in Hawaiian sea salt, and "Spam Musubi" consisting of nori stuffed with rice and grilled, teriyaki-glazed, actual Hormel Spam, which just like regular spam, promises to make a part of your body way bigger.

Because Hawaiians party, there's also the “Nutty Buddy”: toasted coconut soft-serve dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in macadamia nuts, meaning just like DC in the '80s, the one time will never be enough.