Tiki Tuesday at Hula’s Island Grill in Monterey
Hula’s Island Grill is oft voted tops in happy hour on the Monterey Peninsula. On Tuesdays, happy hour lasts all night from opening at 2pm until close. A few weeks ago a friend and I met here for an afternoon drink, a first time for both of us.
Spicy edamame – My favorite of the three, given a nice sear, tossed with chile flakes and garlic, and served hot. Very flavorful and addictive.
Samurai beef sticks – Nicely marinated, juicy and tender beef kabobs.
Abalone style calamari – My friend’s favorite, giant squid steaks with deep-fried in an egg wash then cut into fingers and doused with a lemony-garlic sauce. A second dipping sauce added more pizzaz.
Drinks were colorful, and not the dilute versions that are the bane of happy hour offerings nearly everywhere.
Hula’s is located a couple blocks from Cannery Row. The food and drink are better than they need to be. I’d return for a quick bite and fun atmosphere.