If you cannot make it to Hawaii this summer, Wicker Park’s new multi-level faceted restaurant Mahalo might be the next best thing! The restaurant and bar is located in the same space the Bom Bolla previously occupied on the corner of Milwaukee and Honore.
Mahalo boasts Polynesian-Asian inspired food with a tropical and fruity cocktail menu. The Mahalo Mai Tai is a must try along with the Spam meatballs! I also tried the fried rice and Kau Kau ribs which were tasty as well. Drinks run about $12 and food is around $12+. Great for a date night or drinks and apps with your girlfriends.
Mahalo has a Hawaiian surf shack feel, decorated with surf boards, turquoise accents, and hanging ferns. It has a very “girly” feel since it is so bright and it kind of feels like a Pinterest page exploded in front of your eyes. It’s also home to a 1,000 square foot rooftop patio, which is an amazing addition for the Wicker Park neighborhood. Mahalo should be able to keep up with some of the other neighborhood hot spots such as Big Star and Bangers and Lace.
Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., (708) 328-3091, open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Wednesday; 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on Monday