Mahalo will start serving Spam meatballs and other island treats starting on Tuesday when the Wicker Park Hawaiian restaurant will formally open along Milwaukee Avenue. They've taken over the Bom Bolla space. Unlike the previous tenant, they've built-out the upper floors which includes a new rooftop bar.
Brad Parker (The Hampton Social, American Junkie) and his crew have transformed the former Spanish cava bar and brought in a Polynesian feel. They've hired executive chef Carlos Dalisay, who grew up in Hawaii. Coinciding with the spreading popularity of poke in Chicago, his menu includes a variety from tuna to shrimp to salmon. There's also four skewered items, including short ribs.
Hawaii is known for its plate lunches. They aren't widely-available in Chicago outside of fast-casual Aloha Eats in Lincoln Park. One item at Mahalo, the Loco Moco, could serve as an introduction to many guests. It's an 8-ounce griddled hamburger patty, shiitake mushroom gravy, fried egg and traditional sides. No word if they're encouraging diners to mix the plate together to enjoy.
Read the full menu below. Mahalo opens on Tuesday at 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave.