In Hawaiian, “ono” means “delicious,” and “ma” is a prefix that means going toward, facing, or making. Ma’ono in West Seattle is the reincarnation of the marvelous Spring Hill
. Chef Mark Fuller’s mother is from Kauai, and he spent time there growing up; when demand for his formerly Mondays-only fried chicken became unstoppable, he decided to make Hawaiian-inspired food to go along with it. (Whiskey requires no explanation.) The manapua (like Hawaiian hum bao) and the saimin (Hawaiian ramen) are just great, as is the weekend brunch, especially an over-the-top version of loco moco with a huge juicy hamburger patty and Portuguese sausage.
Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky
4437 California Ave SW,
Hours: Sun–Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri–Sat 5pm-11pmm Sat – Sun Brunch 9:30am-3pm
Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Breakfast/Brunch
Hawaiian/Polynesian, New American
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Air Conditioning
Mon-Thu, Sun 5-6:30 pm ($5 snacks, $4 drafts, Rainer beer and shot and wells, $6 cocktails and wine).