During our trip to Chicago, we set aside a day for a pre-birthday tiki blitz/get blitzed—three bars in one day. We started off at Tiki Terrace in the neighboring north suburb of Des Plaines. Even with the trusty GPS, it was really hard to find since it’s in a giant strip mall and partially hidden from view by a Blockbuster. Ahh, suburbia.
The unassuming exterior is deceiving, as the inside is pretty freaking cool. These two giant Moai tikis flank the stage where dancers perform Polynesian shows on the weekends during dinner, hence all the lights and speakers.
We came for lunch on a weekday, so it was pretty quiet, all the better for me to go around taking photos without annoying too many people.
And what better way to start the day than with a cocktail! This lovely libation was a Mango-colada, a blend of “mango rum, fresh mango nectar and mango liqueur.” So tasty, it was almost like a fruit smoothie.
The menu featured lots of Hawaiian favorites, like a Spam burger, Maui onion soup, and, of course, loco moco! Mr. Baseball had a non-Spam burger and I ordered the kalua pork with the classic plate-lunch accompaniments of rice and macaroni salad. A side of barbecue sauce added forty cents to the bill, but it was necessary since sadly the pork was kind of dry.
As part of my birthday present, Mr. Baseball offered to get me a tiki mug at each of our stops, so our server set up all their Dynasty mugs at the bar for me to browse. I wish they’d had mugs specifically made for Tiki Terrace, but one did catch my eye. Can you guess which one I chose?
All in all, I really liked Tiki Terrace and would definitely come back again. I can’t imagine what it must be like to step in to this tropical oasis from a snowy Chicago winter. Brrr!
1591 Lee St.
Des Plaines, IL 60018