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Hula's Island Grill Restaurant Review: Hula's Island Grill has become a beloved hangout for locals on the Monterey Peninsula --- and for good reason. The vintage-inspired environs transport diners to 1950s Hawaii. There's more comic appeal here than kitsch (it's no Trader Vic's), but this grass shack-meets-tiki lounge makes for a rowdy night of entertainment. Try the smooth and sweet blood orange martini made with blood orange passion liqueur, or try a Hula Hurricane. Soak up some of the rum with a basket of thick plantain fries or dig into the luau pork plate (slow-roasted pulled pork with soy glaze, pineapple, sticky rice and coleslaw) or the Jamaican jerk chicken with a side of johnny cakes. We like the Jungle Tofu Bowl: pan-fried tofu layered with sticky rice, black beans and cabbage, and also boasting fried plantains, doused with curry. Simple, fresh fish dishes are available, along with many blackened and macadamia-encrusted preparations (and rest assured they comply with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program). Watch surfing on the TV above the bar, have fun and hang loose.