The Next Go to Eating Places on the Ninth Island


New location of Chick-fil-A on the corner of Sahara and Rancho near the Strip. Photo by Barry Inouye.

Many who are from Hawaii know that the number one place for islanders to visit is Las Vegas, Nevada. So much so that Las Vegas is known to people from Hawaii as the Ninth Island because they consider it an extension of the eight major islands of the Hawaiian Islands chain.

Why do so many island people like to visit Sin City, often three to four times a year and possibly more?  Well, it could be that people from Hawaii love gambling. They also like to shop at stores not found in Hawaii, like Trader Joe’s, or are looking for great deals on clothes, shoes, luggage, purses, etc. at one of Las Vegas’ outlet malls.

And last, and certainly not least, they love to find places where they can eat a lot of food at a very good price, such as at one of the many fine hotels that serve all-you-can-eat buffets. For years, islanders have also frequent fast food places like the almost legendary west coast based burger chain, In-N-Out. People from Hawaii especially love In-N-Out burgers, not only because they taste good and are really inexpensive, but also because you can’t get them in the Aloha State. It’s become one of the go to places for people from Hawaii, whenever they travel to Las Vegas or anywhere on the West Coast.

But as Sin City is a dynamic and exciting place, there are always new eating places popping up around town. So we’re wondering what new eating place will become the favorite of people from Hawaii whenever they visit their beloved Ninth Island of Las Vegas? Here are some of the new contenders which could potentially become the next favorite eating place of people from Hawaii when they travel to Southern Nevada.


The highly anticipated arrival of Chick-fil-A into Southern Nevada will come to an end when Nevada’s first three stories are opened some time in 2017. Two will be in Henderson, one in the Diamond Summit Plaza on Eastern and another on the corner of Stephanie and Warm Springs. There is another one being constructed near the Strip on the corner of Sahara and Rancho. Originally, they were supposed to be opened in 2016; but apparently there were delay in the company’s construction plans. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, eight to ten Chick-fil-A are planned for Southern Nevada within the next five years. Right now, the closest Chick-fil-A outlet to the Las Vegas area is a 90 minute to 2 hour drive away in St. George, Utah.

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New Cracker Barrel opening next the Bass Pro Outlet on July 25, 2016. Photo by Barry Inouye.

Cracker Barrel

Two new Cracker Barrel restaurants, which would be Southern Nevada’s first, are opening in the Las Vegas area on July 25, 2016. One is opening next to the Bass Pro Outlet next to I-15 on Blue Diamond Road. The other is opening in North Las Vegas on Craig Road. Cracker Barrel, which started in Tennessee, is a restaurant and gift store national chain featuring a Southern country theme and Southern home style cuisine. Reportedly, Cracker Barrel is famous for their all day breakfast meals, which was, at one time, rated highly by ZAGAT and was also named Best Family Dining restaurant according to polls in Restaurants & Institutions magazine for 19 consecutive years.


People from Hawaii about to dig into some IKEA Swedish meatballs. Photo by Barry Inouye.


Some may not know that Swedish furniture store IKEA is also famous for serving their version of Swedish meatballs at their cafeterias found at many of their furniture outlets. Many will say that the meat balls with their signature heavy cream-based gravy are moist, tasty, and best of all, cheap. Maybe that’s why the lines at the cafeteria at their recently opened Las Vegas outlet are still very long. They also serve fish, salads and an assortment of desserts. They also have a snack bar that serves, among other things, a nice $1 yogurt cone. You can find Las Vegas’ new IKEA store along the southwest side of Highway 215 near Durango Drive.

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