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

Categories: Happy Hour, Palmer

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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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1865 Post, San Francisco, CA

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