Monday, December 8, 2014

First visit to Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue

Anthony and I tried a new restaurant (for us) on Sunday: Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue.

We paid a visit to their new east side location at Tanque Verde and Pima. It's in the new building that was built in the place of the old Chuy's location there, and for about a year has only had Jimmy John's as a tenant with the other spaces in the building remaining empty... until now. This is the fourth location that Mama's has opened in southern Arizona.

I've talked to a number of people who like Mama's, so I thought it was worth a try.

The restaurant has a very cafeteria-like interior. It was quickly apparent that you don't eat there for the ambience. It was clean and new inside, but very generic. I have never been to Hawaii, so maybe that's how the barbecue restaurants in Hawaii look on the inside.

Anthony ordered a Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, which has a piece of chicken, pineapple (he opted out, he doesn't like pineapple), lettuce, tomato and onion and it comes with fries.

I ordered a Kalua Pork Sandwich, which is shredded pork on a bun with fries. Both sandwiches were $7.99 and drinks were extra. The entire bill came to about $22 with tax. I considered it a bit pricey for what we got, but it should be noted that I am a cheap bastard when it comes to food. I'm the kind of person that thinks dinner that runs over $10 a person should come with a hand job.

There were two bottles of sauce on the table. One was teriyaki, and the other was a super spicy red colored sauce that you should only put on your food if you want your mouth fried (and your butthole later).

Anthony really liked his sandwich and said he'd order it again. I wasn't so impressed, the pork was kind of bland and both came with a pretty small portion of fries. I tried adding some of the teriyaki sauce on the table to the sandwich and it didn't do much for the flavor but did make it more salty.

I'd probably try Mama's again, but I'd stick to what I know:  They have a hamburger on the menu.

Mama's Hawaiian Bar-b-cue
sign inside at Tanque Verde and Pima

Mama's has a pretty cafeteria-like interior
although the giant mural with the emergency
lights next to the palm trees
made it seem sooooo Hawaiian.

Teriyaki sauce, ridiculously hot red sauce,
and a Christmas decoration on the table.

Anthony's Terikyaki Chicken Sandwich
and a pretty small portion of fries.

My Kalua pork sandwich and a few fries.
I forgot to take a picture before
I had taken a bite.

My dinner date at Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue.
He can hold a magnet like a pro.