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Spam, chicken, donuts and doctors.

HOnolulu harryWho would have thought Hawaiian cuisine would emerge as a food trend of 2022? I mean, we’ve been seeing restaurants specializing in poke, the dish of sliced raw fish and other accouterments, for a few years, but restaurants with menus that expand to include other traditional Hawaiian foods is new.

Last year the 808, named for its address on Washington Street, which also happens to be Hawaii’s area code, took over the former Dexter’s of Thornton Park. And there’s Hawaii Grill & Sushi in St. Cloud.

Now, Honolulu Harry’s is set to open soon in College Park, apparently taking over the former Scoops ’n’ Brew space, shown at top in butcher paper splendor, on the ground floor of the Wellesley Condominiums building. Expect Spam.

It will take some more Hawaiian themed restaurants to catch up with the overwhelming trend of chicken sandwich shops. Two new ones coming: Dave’s Hot Chicken is slated for Waterford Lakes, and ChicknCone is set for the Winter Park district along Orlando Avenue that is quickly becoming known as the Chicken Strip (or Cock Block to some).

If there are chicken sandwiches on the menu of Plantees, scheduled to open this spring next to Will’s Pub in Mills 50, they will be bird free – Plantees will be a vegan restaurant. (Could there be a Hawaiian vegan restaurant with plant-based Spam?)

There is some shuffling going on over at East End Market. Dochi, the Japanese mochi donut stand, will move downstairs and up front to the stall recently vacated by Olde Hearth Bread Co., which had been there since the market first opened. Taking Dochi’s place upstairs will be Wafu, which specializes in a Japanese-style waffle. Wafu will be brick-and-mortarizing after starting out in a tent and then working out of a food truck.

I guess 4Roots is serious about its dedication to “unearthing the power of food to build healthy communities.” Dr. Monica Aggarwal, who is board certified in cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and advanced lipidology, has been appointed chief medical officer for the organization’s Culinary Health Institute that will be part of the 4Roots Farm Campus under development in the also developing Packing District.

I wonder how Aggarwal feels about Spam.

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