Q&Q HAWAIIAN BBQ

ADDRESS: 39445 10th Street W, Palmdale, CA 93551

WEBSITEhttp://www.qqhawaiianbbq.com/

My friend Tina first introduced me to Q&Q Hawaiian BBQ when we were trying to decide on a place to get food from one night during my stay out in Palmdale. She knows my food tastes pretty well, so I told her to order me what she thought I would enjoy. Two take-out boxes of barbecue chicken, chicken katsu, bulgogi pork, and kalbi (Korean BBQ beef short ribs) later, it was definitely a great call for dinner.

Fast forward to my last day out in Palmdale before returning back to Florida, and I was looking to meet up with my friend Kevin for some lunch before heading down to the LA area. We juggled around a few ideas, including a ramen shop or poke bowls, but Hawaiian BBQ ended up winning out. I suggested we meet up at Q&Q, and we both started making our way over there.

Everything that I ate that night when I was with Tina was really good, but I think the two stand-outs for me were the bulgogi pork and the barbecue chicken. Unfortunately for me, the bulgogi pork was only offered on Wednesdays. My runner-up favorite, the chicken katsu, just happened to be on a combination plate with the barbecue chicken. That made my decision pretty easy; I was in luck! I’d also be remiss if I went to a Hawaiian BBQ place and didn’t try out their Spam musubi, so I bundled that into my order as well.

Since it was still relatively early for lunchtime, the crowd was pretty light in the restaurant. Aside from a couple of other occupied tables, there were also some people stopping in to pick up to-go orders. That worked to our advantage, with the kitchen turning out orders pretty quick and us getting our food not long after we placed orders.

From a portion perspective, I had a pretty good idea of how much food the barbecue chicken & chicken katsu plate was going to be. But what I wasn’t expecting was the full-sized helpings of Spam musubi. When I was in Hawaii a few years back, my brother had picked up some Spam musubi from one of our stops at a L&L Hawaiian BBQ. For those, I could pick it up with two fingers and eat in one bite. Definitely couldn’t employ that same strategy in this particular case.

For the uninitiated, Spam musubi is a slice of fried Spam on a bed of rice, wrapped in seaweed. Even though the ingredient list is pretty basic, there’s just something about it that makes Spam musubi pretty delicious. Q&Q’s offering definitely hit that mark. The Spam was crisp on the outside, and provided a nice, savory flavor. The bed of short-grain rice underneath had a slightly sweet flavor to it, and that complemented the Spam’s flavors nicely. Both items, combined with the seaweed, made the Spam musubi a good appetizer to start off the meal.

I really liked the chicken combo plate, because it highlighted a duality of cooking methods for the chicken: grilled and fried. The barbecue chicken, which was probably marinated prior to grilling, had a great sweet flavor to it, along with some added char from the grill. I was also impressed because I didn’t feel the chicken itself was dried out at all. For the chicken katsu, the outside breading was nice and crispy, while also maintaining the juiciness of the chicken itself during the cooking process. The best part was: the entire chicken combo plate was less than $9.

There’s something about Hawaiian BBQ that always seems to hit the spot. Factor in that out where I live in Florida, it’s not something that is as widely available, which also probably makes it taste even better. Q&Q had delicious food at a great price, and you can’t ask for more than that. I will certainly be stopping in again the next time I am in town.

Let’s now take a look at the Q&Q Hawaiian BBQ Dish Spotlight. Asterisks (*) below mark my recommended dishes.

** Chicken Combination Plate **
Barbecue chicken and chicken katsu, cut into strips, served with macaroni salad and a portion of steamed white rice.

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** Bulgogi Beef **
Marinated thin slices of beef, grilled on the flat-top with onions. Available on Wednesdays only.

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** Spam Musubi **
Fried Spam slices over a bed of white rice, wrapped in seaweed.

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** BBQ Chicken Musubi **
Barbecued chicken breasts over a bed of white rice, wrapped in seaweed.

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And finally, here are my rankings for Q&Q Hawaiian BBQ:

Food: 4.75 / 5

After trying four different types of meat offerings from Q&Q, I would certainly order any one of them again. Delicious flavors with great portion sizes.

Atmosphere: 4.25 / 5

With a fast casual dining feel, the tall windows in the front of the store lets in a lot of natural light to accompany the bright paint and color scheme they have going on for interior décor.

Service: 4.5 / 5

Food turned around really quickly out of the kitchen, and the woman who took our order at the counter (might have been the owner?) was very hospitable.

Price: 5 / 5

If the entire combo plate I ordered was less than $9, that is certainly some fantastic value for the portions you get.

Overall:
18.5 / 20
(93%)

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