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The shave ice from Little Aloha
8.5

Little Aloha

Hawaiian

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There aren’t many dedicated Hawaiian spots in the city, but this takeout-only spot in Parkside is masterfully filling the niche for anyone who has li hing mui running through their veins. Step into the counter-service space and you’re greeted with bright murals of waves and hibiscus flowers, a shelf of Hawaiian snacks (lilikoi shortbread, anyone?), and a shave ice machine humming away in the back. 

The short menu of decadent entrées and sides are as good as anything you’d find islandside—you’ll see tightly wrapped spam musubi for an on-the-go snack, crisp garlic shrimp and pineapple sausage plates, and containers loaded with tater tots, furikake, and spicy mayo. Also know that no visit is complete without the shave ice, a syrup-soaked mound we’d take down even on a foggy day out in the Avenues. If you want to eat your shrimp immediately, there’s a bench out front, or you can take your haul to McCoppin Square for a picnic. 

The shave ice machine at Little Aloha

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The ordering counter at Little Aloha

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The shave ice from Little Aloha

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The outside of Little Aloha

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The shrimp + sausage plate at Little Aloha

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The shave ice machine at Little Aloha
The ordering counter at Little Aloha
The shave ice from Little Aloha
The outside of Little Aloha
The shrimp + sausage plate at Little Aloha

Food Rundown

Three spam musubi at Little Aloha

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Spam Musubi

This palm-sized bundle hits all the marks—spam with caramelized edges, a smattering of furikake, and sweet and fluffy rice. We have no notes.
The shrimp and sausage plate at Little Aloha

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Shrimp + Sausage

When you inevitably can’t decide between garlic shrimp or pineapple sausage, get this plate with both. And while both are worth your time, it’s the smoky sausage that really sings. Everything is smeared with a breath-ruining amount of thick garlic butter sauce that should be bottled and sold.
The shave ice with a snow cap at Little Aloha

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Shave Ice

You're ordering this. The shave ice here has that super fine texture that’s hard to find in the city. The well-packed dessert gets fully saturated with lilikoi, cherry, or POG syrup.

Purple Potato Salad

The mini chunks of potato are satisfyingly creamy, but the thick-cut bacon is what really lends a salty punch. This is a sleeper hit.
The hurricane tots in Little Aloha

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Hurricane Tots

Throw spicy mayo, furikake, and arare into a box of tater tots and there’s not much that can go wrong. You should get these to snack on if you’re sharing with a group, but you could also easily take down an entire order alone.

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