Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ opens 4th location on E. Tanque Verde



Aloha! Just met owner/restaurateur Sam Alboy who has now opened up his 4th Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, at 6310 E. Tanque Verde (at the intersection of Wilmot Rd., Pima Rd. and Tanque Verde, north of Speedway Blvd.).

They all serve the same  delicious  (“ono” in Hawaiian) meals such as their Big Kahuna (beef teriyaki, chicken teriyaki, and kalua pork with 2 sides), and their Korean kalbi short ribs (my favorite by far).  Their sides are white or brown rice, mac salad, house salad, french fries, mixed veggies, or desserts.

In Hawaii we eat till we are “tired”, and you can do that at Mama’s, as the portions are generous.

Sam Alboy and employees at Mama's Tucson/East, courtesy of  Sam
Sam Alboy and employees at Mama’s Tucson/East, courtesy of Sam




The other locations in town are the first Mama’s at 850 E. Speedway (just west of Park Ave.), in Sahuarita at 15990 S. Rancho Sahuarita, and up north in Marana at SE corner of  Cortaro Farms. Rd./Thornydale.  They do deliveries and catering too.

So, let ‘s say “atta- boy” to owner Sam Alboy, who is not a “Mama’s boy”, but some of his employees wear pink t-shirts that do say that.  Very funny.  I’m no Mama’s girl either.

More info/photos at They’re also on Facebook.

Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian).  Eat at Mama’s, all over town.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).