I went to review Mo’ Bettahs against my better judgment. I typically don’t dine at fast food — and especially not where they appear to just pile food on a Styrofoam plate to fill guests up with no concern for quality.
But on the recommendation of a fellow foodie, I decided to go. Mo’ Bettahs has five locations and I went to the one in Lehi near Thanksgiving Point. Their claim to fame is Hawaiian-style, authentic island food — not the usual “Luau” experience tourists get in Hawaii. And that is just what they deliver.
I tried all seven of the meats and to my surprise, I LOVED ALL OF THEM! Tender USDA beef done two ways, chicken done three ways, Kalua pork and tempura shrimp. A meat-lover’s paradise!
I kept thinking about all my friends who eat high protein and little carbs, as this place is perfect for them. Oh sure, each plate is served with mounds of rice (either brown or white) and their signature macaroni salad (which is pretty good), but you can pass on the carbs and get a green salad instead. Or order one of their salads with your choice of any of the meats.
My husband and I ordered two mixed plates with three kinds of meat on each one, and then a side of shrimp tempura. Without a doubt, my favorite was the Kalua pork — so moist. The beef and chicken teriyaki are so good that they sell their signature teriyaki sauce bottled to go. It was enough food to eat our fill and bring home a take-out container for another meal the next day.
Brothers Kimo and Kalani Mack opened Mo’ Bettahs in 2008 and now have locations in Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Midvale, Logan, West Valley and Lehi. They are committed to the island philosophy of “Pono,” which is to strive to do what is right. To give great value to the customer so both parties feel they have been treated with fairness. They are definitely achieving their goal. We spent $20 for both of us and had enough for two meals of good quality food.
Mo’ Bettahs is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be prepared for a line if you go right at noon or 6 p.m. This place is often busy, but the counter-style service moves quickly. And there was even a Hawaiian cooking behind the counter!
Two thumbs up to Mo’ Bettahs for their Hawaiian-style meats and good service.
Until next time, remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and joy.
Mary Crafts-Homer owns Culinary Crafts based in Pleasant Grove, and is a 13-time “Best of State” Caterer.