We fared better with dessert. There's no printed dessert menu, but Hula's offers a few standards mixed with daily specials. Key lime pie was rich and creamy, with a heavy graham crust that balanced the tart filling. The chocolate brownie was slightly underdone, which made it super-moist and delicious. My favorite was the macadamia nut ice cream sundae special. It was subtle and light, with a slight saltiness that paired well with juicy caramelized pineapple tidbits.

Sadly, Hula's puts style before substance.
Photos by Jamie Peachey
Sadly, Hula's puts style before substance.

Location Info


Hula's Modern Tiki

4700 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Phoenix

Hula's Modern Tiki
4700 North Central Avenue
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to close Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

With so many local eateries to choose from, quality ingredients and well-executed dishes are crucial to a new restaurant's success. For Hula's, that means focusing on more than just looks. A restaurant cannot survive on tiki glasses and sleek retro décor alone, any more than Rachael Ray can entice true food connoisseurs with made-up words, boring recipes, and a winning smile.

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