Mahalo Cafe

Modern Hawaiian

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Overview

Mahalo is a modern Hawaiian eatery in Wicker Park with an airy, elegant “surf shack” atmosphere of white clapboard walls, hanging greenery and a rooftop bar. Expect dishes like fried coconut shrimp, spam meatballs or charcoal-roasted sweet BBQ chicken. Sporting two bars, drinks take inspiration from the islands with local Hawaiian beer, New World wines and reinvigorated classic cocktails like a passion fruit margarita, Mahalo Mai Thai or blue curacao Maui Mule.

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ACCOLADES

  • 11 Hottest New Bars in Chicago 2016 — Zagat

Menu for Mahalo Cafe

Brunch

Brunch

  • Bacon & Egg Muffin soy braised pork belly, egg, muenster cheese
  • Hawaiian Dip kalua pork, crispy broccolini, muenster cheese, pickled onion, pork jus
  • French Toast island fruit compote, whipped cream
  • Fruit Poke black coconut rice, seasonal fruit, guava yogurt sauce, mint, macadamia nut
  • Coconut Macadamia Pancakes coconut glaze, banana, maple syrup, whipped cream
  • Kalua Pork Benedict kalua pork, hollandaise, toasted english muffin
  • Loco Moco grilled prime beef patty, sunny-side up egg, gravy, choice of brown or white rice
  • Big Island Burger prime beef patty, kalua pork, pineapple,muenster cheese, guava BBQ sauce

Poke Bowls

  • Traditional Poke Bowl seasonal hawaiian fish, cucumber, avocado, scallion, macadamia nut, citrus soy sauce
  • Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl pineapple, avocado, cucumber, fresno pepper, togarashi, spicy aioli
  • Salmon Poke Bowl soy bean, cucumber, avocado, red pepper, scallion, sesame yuzu crunch, citrus wasabi aioli
  • Crab Poke Bowl avocado mousse, scallion, green pepper, pickled bean sprout, charred red pepper vinaigrette
  • Veggie Poke Bowl edamame, red pepper, cucumber, broccolini, pickled eggplant, mushroom, charred scallion vinaigrette

Appetizers

  • Coconut Shrimp crispy jumbo shrimp, coconut foam, mango sweet chili sauce
  • Kalua Pork Fried Rice broccolini, red pepper, crispy garlic, perfect egg, yuzu butter sauce

Salads

  • Papaya Salad gulf shrimp, avocado, arugula, cashew, cilantro, red onion, papaya vinaigrette
  • Huihui Cobb grilled chicken, cucumber, avocado, cherry tomato, onion, pineapple, charred onion ranch
  • Soba Noodle Salad chilled buckwheat noodles, kani, cucumber, avocado, red peppers, passion fruit punzu

Sides

  • Bacon
  • Two Eggs Any Style
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Togarashi Fries

Cocktails

  • Guava Bellini j.p. chenet, perfect purée guava
  • Pineapple Mimosa j.p. chenet, pineapple
  • Mahalo Mai Tai plantation 3 stars rum, house juice mix, giffard triple sec, coruba dark rum, demerara syrup
  • Tropical Storm rumhaven coconut rum, plantation original dark, yuzu, ginger beer
  • Where There's Smoke, There's Fire peloton de la muerte mezcal, pineapple, fresno chilis
  • Island Piña Colada caña brava rum, pineapple juice, perfect purée coconut
  • Pele's Revenge rock saké, ford's gin, yuzu, guava, grapefruit liquor
  • Hula Kula fords gin, green chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime juice
  • The Big Kahuna served in a whole pineapple; caña brava rum, pineapple juice, perfect purée coconut, plantation overproof

Bubbles

  • Villa Sandi | Rosé | Italy
  • JP Chenet | Blanc De Blanc | France

White Wine

  • Carletto | Pinot Grigio | Italy
  • Nautilus | Sauvignon Blanc | Marlborough
  • Cartlidge & Browne | Chardonnay | California

Rosé

  • Bieler | Rosé | France

Draft Beer & Cider

  • Ace Pineapple cider | 5.0% ABV
  • Kona Big Wave golden ale | 4.4% ABV
  • Kona Longboard lager | 4.6% ABV
  • Kona Castaway IPA | 6.0% ABV
  • Hell or High Watermelon wheat | 4.9% ABV
  • Avery Liliko'i Kepolo passionfruit witbier | 5.4% ABV
  • Maui Mana pineapple wheat | 5.5% ABV
  • Maui Big Swell IPA | 6.8% ABV
  • Lagunitas New Dogtown pale ale | 6.2% ABV
  • Coconut Hiwa porter | 6.0% ABV

Red Wine

  • Cherry Tart | Pinot Noir | California
  • Decero | Malbec | Mendoza
  • Ghostrider | Cabernet Sauvignon | California

Dinner

Appetizers

  • Chicken Potstickers soy, crispy garlic, scallion, rice vinegar
  • Coconut Shrimp crispy jumbo shrimp, coconut foam, mango sweet chili sauce
  • Ahi Tuna Nachos wakame, tobiko, chili oil, cilantro ginger sauce
  • Pork Fried Rice broccolini, red pepper, crispy garlic, perfect egg, yuzu butter sauce

Poke Bowls

  • Traditional Poke Bowl seasonal hawaiian fish, cucumber, avocado, scallion, macadamia nut, citrus soy sauce
  • Salmon Poke Bowl soy bean, cucumber, avocado, red pepper, scallion, sesame yuzu crunch, citrus wasabi aioli
  • Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl pineapple, avocado, cucumber, fresno peppers, togarashi, spicy aioli
  • Crab Poke Bowl avocado mousse, scallion,green pepper, pickled bean sprout, charred red pepper vinaigrette
  • Veggie Poke Bowl edamame, red pepper, cucumber, broccolini, pickled eggplant, mushroom, charred scallion vinaigrette

Hawaiian Ramen

  • Chicken Dumpling Ramen housemade chicken dumplings, broccolini, chicken broth
  • Pork Ramen kalua pork, soy braised pork belly, smoked pork jus
  • Shrimp Ramen jumbo shrimp, broccolini, seafood dashi broth
  • Vegetarian Ramen edamame, mushroom, seaweed

Large Plates

  • Loco Moco grilled prime beef patty, sunny-side up egg, gravy, choice of brown or white rice
  • Surf & Turf Kabob teriyaki marinated sirloin & shrimp, pineapple, pepper, pickled vegetables
  • Kalua Pork slow cooked pork collar, pork jus, hawaiian bread
  • Huli Huli Chicken wood fired amish chicken, sweet guava, bbq sauce
  • Big Island Burger prime beef patty, kalua pork, pineapple, muenster cheese, guava BBQ sauce
  • Seasonal Hawaiian Fish chef's preparation, featuring fresh fish, flown in from hawaii

Salads

  • Papaya Salad gulf shrimp, avocado, arugula, cashew, cilantro, red onion, papaya vinaigrette
  • Huihui Cobb salad grilled chicken, cucumber, avocado, cherry tomato, onion, pineapple, charred onion ranch
  • Soba Noodle Salad chilled buckwheat noodles, kani, cucumber, avocado, red pepper, passion fruit punzu

Sides

  • Macaroni Salad
  • Togarashi Fries
  • White or Brown Rice
  • Dashi Broccolini

Cocktails

  • Mahalo Mai Tai plantation 3 stars rum, house juice mix, giffard triple sec, coruba dark rum, demerara syrup
  • Tropical Storm rumhaven coconut rum, yuzu, plantation original dark, ginger beer
  • Where There's Smoke, There's Fire peloton de la muerte mezcal, pineapple, fresno chili
  • Island Pina Colada cana brava rum, pineapple juice, perfect puree coconut
  • Pele's Revenge rock sake, fords gin, yuzu, guava, grapefruit liquor
  • Hula Kula fords gin, green chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime juice

Draft Beer & Cider

  • Ace Pineapple cider | 5.0% ABV
  • Kona Big Wave golden ale | 4.4% ABV
  • Kona Longboard lager | 4.6% ABV
  • Kona Castaway IPA | 6.0% ABV
  • Hell or High Watermelon wheat | 4.9% ABV
  • Avery Liliko'i Kepolo passionfruit witbier | 5.4% ABV
  • Maui Mana pineapple wheat | 5.5% ABV
  • Maui Big Swell IPA | 6.8% ABV
  • Lagunitas New Dogtown pale ale | 6.2% ABV
  • Coconut Hiwa porter | 6.0% ABV

Red Wine

  • Cherry Tart Pinot Noir | California
  • Decero Malbec | Mendoza
  • Ghostrider Cabernet Sauvignon | California

White Wine

  • Carletto Pinot Grigio | Italy
  • Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc | Marlborough
  • Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay | California

Rose

  • Bieler Rose | France

Bubbles

  • Villa Sandi Rose | Italy
  • JP Chenet Blanc De Blanc | France

The Big Kahuna

  • The Big Kahuna cana brava rum, pineapple juice, perfect puree coconut, plantation overproof; served in a fresh whole pineapple

1501 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

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Details
  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Charming, Intimate, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (708) 328-3091
  • Private Dining Room: Yes