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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pa'ina's Hana Hou Has Cheap Cachaça, Kalua Pig Cheese Fries

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Pa'ina's Kalua pig cheese fries and Oh My Gyoza! - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Pa'ina's Kalua pig cheese fries and Oh My Gyoza!

Pa'ina opened four months ago in the former Sundance Kitchen. Like its predecessor, Pa'ina serves Hawaiian and Asian dishes but at a lower price point than Sundance.

The happy hour, Hana Hou, takes place Tuesdays through Fridays from 3-7 p.m. and 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It's next door to Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, making it a cheap and quick way to get tipsy and fed before or after a movie.

The alcoholic offerings on special during Hana Hou are admittedly a bit strange. You can make like pop music mogul Diddy and have one of the syrupy sweet Ciroc vodka-based cocktails ($6), pick from an array of Leblon cachaça drinks ($5), ponder a pineapple or other fruit mimosa ($5), or stick to draft beer ($4) or wine ($6). For us, the food is more of a draw.

Hana Hou has a food menu of 10 different items, each for $5. Some are a better value than others, like the Kalua pig cheese fries, which are a more substantial offering than a relatively small dish of chili and orange zest dusted edamame. The fries have a spicy nacho cheese sauce rather than the real thing, and way more meat than fries hiding underneath the shreds, but is still a filling guilty pleasure. The Oh My Gyoza, filled with sweet minced pork and thin, chewy wrappers that hold up to a dunk of soy sauce, are also one of this menu's highlights, but there are also snacks such as sweet potato tater tots, chicken wings, and oysters to consider.

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