Pig out at breakfast. Pig out at lunch. Pig out at dinner.
You’ll be able to feast all day at Pineapple Express By Kanak Attack, a quick-serve restaurant debuting this spring at 499 S. Main St. in Meridian. Set to open in May, Pineapple Express will be the brick-and-mortar headquarters of Kanak Attack Katering, which operates a food truck in Boise. Kanak Attack specializes in Hawaiian and Asian cuisine.
Pineapple Express will offer a variety of choices. Breakfast will feature options such as a fresh acai bowl, Spam rice bowl and loco moco (coconut rice with a hamburger patty, kalua pig gravy and eggs). Lunch and dinner will include items such as Korean spiced brisket, coconut shrimp, teriyaki chicken, ramen — and of course, kalua pig.
“Kalua pig is our mainstay,” events coordinator Claudine Whitfield says. “That’s what we’re known for. That’s Hawaiian-style pork. It’s a salty, savory, smoky flavor. It’s not barbecue.”
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Kanak Attack’s Hawaiian-born owner and chef, Michael Mohica, is a familiar face in the Treasure Valley. A 2000 graduate of Boise State’s culinary arts program, he’s roasted pigs for luaus, weddings and other events for years.
His new restaurant will open in a space that formerly held Schooners Pub and Grill. Whitfield says there will be seating for about 25 customers, plus a few outdoor seats. Diners will be able to come in, build their meals from a variety of à la carte items, then exit with food to-go. Or, if they prefer, they’ll be able to sit down and eat at the restaurant.
“We are a quick-serve concept to appeal to everyone’s busy lifestyle,” Whitfield says.
Kanak Attack recently purchased a second food truck, which will hit the streets soon. Even with a new restaurant operating, the catering business will continue to sizzle in the Treasure Valley, McCall and Sun Valley.
“We’ll still have all the catering — the whole pigs,” Whitfield says. “It’s quite the presentation. It’s fun. People, especially guys, seem to really love it. Everybody wants a picture with the pig.”
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