Located in the Shops at Whitehall Commons on South Tryon Street (in the plaza with Walmart and Lowe's), it doesn't really make for a quick and easy lunch for Uptowners, but if you work in the business centers nearby, it'd be a good option. It's a good deal, and it's pretty fast. When I went for lunch today, there was no wait and plenty of seating.
For $7.25, you can get a giant tray of food. These "plate lunches" come with macaroni salad, steamed rice, and veggies. See photos of their Shrimp and BBQ Chicken Combo, as well as the Mahi & BBQ Beef Combo, below.
The shrimp, which were battered and fried, were big and crispy — they kind of looked like onion rings. As part of the combo plate, I also got three large pieces of Hawaiian BBQ Chicken. The thin pieces of meat were juicy and flavorful, but reminiscent of hibachi Japanese food from a mall's food court. Teriyaki and katsu sauces are available in self-serve pumps.
Here's a tip if you plan to go: You can print buy-one-get-one-free and $1.50-off coupons for Aloha here.
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ & Grill
8170G S. Tryon