It’s fresh, it’s tasty and it’s local. Hawaiian-plated dishes with tender, marinated meat and fresh pineapple are now being served at Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue’s newest location on the northwest side.

This is the third location that Owner Sam Alboy has opened. Before opening Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, Alboy worked at Cracker Barrel and as a general manager at Applebee’s. Though he liked working in the food industry, Alboy had no intention of owning his own restaurant – but that soon changed. A little encouragement and an available location led to opening his first restaurant in December 2010.

About a year later, a second location was opened in Rancho Sahuarita. Due to popular demand, Alboy decided to open his third restaurant on West Cortaro Farms and North Thornydale roads on Dec. 10.

Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue offers a variety of Hawaiian-plated dishes that often include beef, chicken, ribs, mahi filet, tilapia and more that are often lightly marinated or grilled. From their infamous plate lunches to their sandwiches, burgers and salads, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue gives you flavors from a variety of different cultures.

“Hawaiian food is a mix of different foods from a lot of different cultures. Hawaii is a big melting pot,” said Alboy. “People are always really thankful that we have something that tastes different and something they can eat that’s healthy and relatively quick and that they can still enjoy different flavors.”

Hawaiian plated food is what Alboy calls a ‘working man’s lunch’ – the food can be eaten in a car, it’s filling, it’s sustainable and it’s not expensive. Contrary to what most people think, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is not a fast food. Food is delivered six days a week and most of the food goes through the restaurant within 24 hours. The food is always fresh, said Alboy. 

Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue also offers weekly specials. One week they offered grilled tilapia with pineapple pico de gallo, rice and vegetables while another they offered fresh, baby back ribs. The backbone of the restaurant’s menu is their kalua pork, which is rubbed with sea salt and cooked for 18 hours leaving the meat with a savory flavor and tenderness. 

The restaurant also offers a full catering menu and opportunities for organizations and charities to raise money by setting up a percentage day with them. Twenty percent of food and beverage sales generated by the event will go to the organization or charity.

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