This Southern Arizona Member Spotlight is on Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue. Serving up delicious traditional Hawaiian eats and homemade desserts in Tucson since December 2010, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue is sure to fulfill any island cravings you might have.
Whipping up a full menu at all locations seven days a week, Mama’s kicks the Hawaiian up a notch with traditional items like Kalua pork, but also includes a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and salads all with unique island flavors. Not to be missed is SPAM, which is so popular in Hawaii that over 7 million cans are sold each year (SOURCE), so, it’s fittingly featured on the Mama’s menu too. According to Mama’s owner and operator, Sam Alboy, Mama’s fans can’t seem to get enough of the Kalua pork with its slightly salty and smoked flavor. This traditional island-style pork is slow cooked for an entire day until it’s juicy, tender, and melts in your mouth. If that doesn’t have your mouth watering yet, how about the Kalbi short ribs, which are marinated in Mama’s homemade teriyaki sauce and char grilled to perfection. And if you’re looking for some delicious Friday fish options this Lent season, Mama’s has got you covered with several specials, including garlic herb ahi tuna with your choice of two sides for just $9.99.
Gearing up for a big year in 2014 with the addition of a fourth location in east Tucson, Mama’s is a local force to be reckoned with. And showcasing his affinity for his hometown, Sam is a staunch advocate of all things local. “What I love about owning a business in Tucson is the amazing connections we can all make with our neighbors.” Because of this devotion to Tucson, Mama’s donated over $70,000 to local charities in 2013 and plans to donate the same or more this year. Additionally, Mama’s relies on fresh local produce from Peddler’s Son Produce & Provisions and uses meat butchered at Tucson’s own El Herradero Supermarket.
Mama’s is also an active member of a local restaurant coalition called Tucson Originals, with Sam serving as the current president. “Being a part of Tucson Originals is important to me and to Mama’s because we are working with other Tucson-proud restaurants to remind people about the great dining diversity that exists here,” Sam said. “We’re here to help each other and support each other so that the entire dining industry in Tucson thrives, not just one or two places.” Showing it’s might, Tucson Originals is growing in size, recently adding Monsoon Tap & Grill and Dante’s Fire Cocktails & Cuisine to its list of distinguished independent restaurants in Tucson.