Though all waiters are adept at balancing trays, tiki restaurants challenge their composure with leis’ distracting bursts of color and the unimpressed facial expression carved into the wooden maitre d’. Feast in festive quarters with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Hawaiian fare at Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines.
Tiki Terrace’s island-minded chefs summon feasts from a menu of Hawaiian fare and tropical cocktails within a dining area bedecked with stoic stone Moai statues, palm trees, and tiki sculptures. Servers pepper hand-carved tables with appetizers, such as the thinly sliced taro chips with pineapple salsa ($4.50) or the pohana pot stickers bulging with shrimp, pork, and vegetables ($8). Hawaiian flavors abound on the lightly fried maui mahi entrée ($11 for 6 oz., $14.50 for 10 oz.), which arrives dashed with asian bread crumbs, drizzled with house-made sweet-and-sour chili sauce, and cut into the shape of Don Ho’s silhouette. Diners can ward off sad spirits with cheerful mai tais ($6.50) or ski spoons down slopes of homemade mango-, pineapple-, or papaya-flavored ice cream ($4). Guests may also apply today’s Groupon toward Tiki Terrace’s Dinner and Show, which fills the dining room's elevated center stage with the South Pacific’s dances, music, and ceremonial Red Rover matches on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hand-carved tikis and 12-foot-tall stone Easter Island moai preside over Tiki Terrace, which blends Pacific West influences with European flair. Seated under swaying palms at hard-carved booths and tables near a fireplace, dinner guests enjoy old-world roasted coffee and a regional menu that starts with traditional pupu appetizers, such as taro chips and housemade pineapple salsa, and proceeds to traditional seafood and pork specialties. In the party-friendly tiki tradition, groups of up to four can share the Hawaiian punch bowl, a powerful elixir that arrives in a volcano tiki bowl with a fiery surprise. On Friday and Saturday nights, the dining room's elevated center stage fills with the South Pacific’s dances, music, and ceremonial red-rover matches.