Shaka Hawaiian BBQ will bring a drive-through for succulent grilled meat, chicken katsu, and kalbi short ribs to DFW next week.
The eatery will debut at 5733 TX-121 in the The Colony across from the enormous Grandscape development. Owner Welby Tsang aims to introduce DFW diners to a new type of barbecue not commonly seen around these parts. “In Dallas, there’s not many choices for Hawaiian barbecue and not many people know about it,” Tsang tells Eater. “I’ve been to Hawaii a couple times liked the concept of Hawaiian barbecue,” says the 30-year-old seasoned restaurateur who took over two of his parents’ Chinese restaurants in Phoenix.
The counter service eatery seats 48 diners between high top and low top tables, and features a Hawaiian surf board for decor, driftwood accents, and ocean-blue walls. Diners will find four TVs broadcasting a very lengthy menu of dishes including combo plates with sweet-glazed chicken or beef barbecue, Korean-style kalbi short ribs, Japanese fried chicken katsu, slow roasted kalua pork, fried white fish, and crispy shrimp. Each plate comes with rice, pasta salad, and steamed veggies. For the die-hard fans of Hawaiian cuisine, there’s also an iconic spam and eggs dish and musubis on offer, which are blocks of rice topped with a protein (like spam) that’s held together with a seaweed band. Drinks include fresh young coconut, sodas, and Hawaiian Sun juices and teas.
Shaka Hawaiian BBQ officially opens February 14 and will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the drive-thru open until 10.