Fried chicken sandwiches, kalua pork plates, and King's Hawaiian bread pudding under one roof? This unique and tasty combination of Southern-style fast food and Hawaiian grindz can be found at Truett's Luau, an official Chick-fil-A location in Fayetteville, Georgia. That's right, y'all, for some reason, Chick-fil-A is operating a restaurant with Hawaiian-inspired cuisine.
Truett's Luau has been open since 2013, a year before Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy passed away. It's become sort of a "staycation" destination for locals, and many share photos of their experiences at the "Hawaiian-themed Chick-fil-A" on Instagram. It's also probably one of the only places in the country where $3 chicken sandwiches and $16 steak dinners are both on the menu at the same time.
The restaurant gives off a Disney vibe from the start, with ukulele players and wooden carvings expressing the restaurant's aloha to the extreme. A fun combination of fast food favorites like nuggets and waffle fries alongside kalua pig, mahi mahi, and calamari also gives it that playful theme park feel. I mean, seriously, where else are you going to order mac and cheese and fried rice as the sides to your steak?
Those hoping for the authentic Hawaiian grindz, though, may find Truett's Luau to be a little tame in that regard. Atlanta Magazine's Wendell Brock describes the Kalua Pork as "no threat to the definitive version I devoured on the Big Island a couple of years ago." There's also a Hawaiian plate lunch on the menu that consists of teriyaki chicken nuggets, jasmine rice, and a pasta salad that's a far cry from the traditional mac salad.
Still, for those looking for a little bit of an island-style vacation while in Georgia, this unique Chick-fil-A location is definitely worth checking out.