Island White Fish and Crispy Shrimp Aloha Plates. (Photo courtesy of Blaze PR)

By staff | March 29, 2021

Ono Hawaiian BBQ has picked Gilbert to open its 98th store nationwide.

The new restaurant at 3135 S. Val Vista — the family-owned chain’s ninth in Arizona — is a standalone drive-thru that will only offer to-go meals.

Founded in 2002, Ono Hawaiian BBQ is a family-owned fast-casual restaurant known for authentic Hawaiian plate lunches and other island specialties, including many that are grilled to order.

Plate lunches started out as street fare for immigrants and sailors arriving on the docks of Honolulu and have not only become the meal of choice in Hawaii but have also become a favorite among many on the mainland.

Ono Hawaiian’s plate lunch consists of two scoops of rice, one scoop of mac salad and choice of entree over a bed of steamed cabbage.

“The key to being Ono is using fresh ingredients prepared daily and making our dishes in house with our delicious recipes,” it says on its website.

“We make our marinades from scratch and marinate our meats everyday for that perfect flavor. We hand roll our Katsu in panko bread crumbs and make our soups fresh daily. Even our Teriyaki and Katsu sauces are made in house with our unique blend of spices.”

Ono Hawaiian BBQ

3135 S. Val Vista, Gilbert