Happenin’ Happy Hour: Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky

Barbecued Salmon

While October may be officially here, this weekend is promising to deliver the seventies and sun that make so many fall in love with our fair city. What better way to send out Summer than to take a trip to Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky, the latest incarnation from Mark and Marjorie Fuller, the masterminds behind the wildly popular Spring Hill in West Seattle that has now evolved into a more casual eatery with a focus on Hawaiian fare.

Spam Musubi | Photo Credit: Annie Laurie Photography

Must Have Eats: As the name suggests, Fried Chicken is the restaurant’s siren song, but for those looking for smaller plates, the Happy Hour offers a lovely way to explore Chef Fuller’s menu, which is bursting with one unexpected twist after another, such as Spam Musubi ($6), an infamous Hawaiian snack which is most simply described as a slab of grilled spam, wrapped by rice and held together with seaweed, not unlike a piece of sushi. The Manapua (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns) are another house favorite made with pork belly, house steamed buns, and served with a Shoyu-harissa dip ($7).

Must Have Drinks: For those looking for something to wash down their Fried Chicken or Spam the 18 oz pours of select Draft Beers at $3.50 are hard to beat. Taps include Georgetown Brewery Pilsner, “Rogers”, Georgetown Brewery IPA, and Lucile. Happy Hour wines are also available at $6 glass and include a Chardonnay, Bubbles, and Ma’ono Red Blend.

Happy Times: Sunday – Thursday, 5p – 7p

The Inside Scoop: If a trip to Ma’ono isn’t in the cards this weekend, you can still experience one of their iconic dishes in the comfort of your own home, with a recipe for Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Corn Grits and Chipotle Nectarines, specially created by Chef Mark Fuller himself.

Barbecued Salmon With Fresh Corn Grits & Chipotle Nectarines
Created by Chef Mark Fuller
Executive Chef and Owner of Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky, Seattle

Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Corn Grits & Chipotle Nectarines | Photo Credit: Annie Laurie Photography

3/4 cup blue agave syrup
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Tabasco® brand chipotle pepper sauce
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon Tabasco® brand pepper sauce
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds salmon fillet, cut into four 8-ounce pieces

2 ripe nectarines, pitted and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint or basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce

Fresh Corn Grits:
4 ears corn on the cob, husked and each halved
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco® brand Pepper Sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine in a large bowl, agave syrup, soy sauce, Tabasco brand chipotle pepper sauce, fish sauce, Tabasco brand pepper sauce, garlic and olive oil. Add salmon fillets; cover and refrigerate about 3 hours, turning occasionally.

Combine in a medium bowl, nectarines, mint, olive oil, salt and Tabasco brand chipotle pepper sauce. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate.

Stone fruits ripen late in the Pacific Northwest making this a perfect end-of-summer accompaniment. |  Photo Credit: Annie Laurie Photography

Fresh Corn Grits
Grate kernels from corncob into bowl. Place corn and butter in 2-quart saucepan. Over high heat, heat corn to boiling, stirring frequently until mixture thickens. Stir in Tabasco brand pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Grease grill. Place salmon, skin-side up on grill. Grill about 4 minutes. Turn fish: cook about 4 minutes longer or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Serve salmon with fresh corn grits and nectarines. Serves 4.

Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky | 4437 California Ave SW, Seattle| (206) 935-1075