Who hasn’t wanted to relieve their favorite vacation moments before? For anyone who has visited Hawaii before, this may mean sipping on a tropical cocktail while fantasizing about the ocean surf. But for anyone craving the island tastes and smells, it isn’t always all that easy to enjoy a plate of expertly crafted Hawaiian food. Most restaurants found on the mainland are chain restaurants, with few flavors that can stand up to what most remember when vacationing or on their honeymoon. However, a new Hawaiian restaurant opening in Mesa looks to change all of that.
Hapa Food Company is a non-chain restaurant looking to bring the authentic tastes and aromas of the islands to metro Phoenix. Located at 5235 East Southern Avenue (Suite 107). The owners, who were born and raised on Oahu, have spent years perfecting their recipes. Upon moving to Arizona, it only made sense to share their food with a local community that was significantly lacking in authentic cuisine.
The restaurant has an assortment of items on its menu. There are the classic staples, such as BBQ chicken served with rice and macaroni salad, as well as Kalua Pig, for anyone who’s craving that island pig-roast taste that just can’t seem to be replicated anywhere else. For lovers of raw fish, there is the Ahi Poke Bowl, which comes in both Shoyu or Spicy flavors. This can be purchased by the pound, or as a meal with rice and kim chi.
The restaurant also serves malasadas, which is a popular dessert served in Hawaii. However, this particular dessert didn’t originate on the islands. The dessert, which is similar to a doughnut (or more specifically a paczki), is a Portuguese fried dough dessert. The beauty of the Hawaiian variation though is the filling brings with it a burst of tropical flavors the traditional Portuguese options don’t have. At Hapa Food Company, the malasadas can be purchased individually, by the half dozen, or by the full dozen. They can also be regular or jelly-filled.
For anyone that wants to give the traditional Hawaiian food a try, or who wants to mix up their doughnut purchases and grab a Portuguese meets Hawaiian mashup, the restaurant is open seven days a week. Monday through Saturday Hapa Food Company is open 11 AM until 8 PM, and on Sunday it is 12 PM until 6 PM. To stay up to date on menu items and specials, make sure to follow Hapa Food Company's Facebook page.