A tiki paradise is waiting for you in a somewhat unexpected place: Arlington. Yes, you read it right, DFW’s first tiki-dedicated establishment popped up in Arling-fun, complete with straw umbrellas, tiki mugs and even a grotto.
4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge is a tiki respite. It has all the kitsch you expect from a tiki spot but has done things a different way. Owners didn’t research for years or plan every ounce of booze according to books. They decided they wanted to do something fun, so they did — and then figured out how to do it.
The cocktails are tiki beyond over-the-top garnishes and sugar water with rum thrown in and set on fire. (Lest you be discouraged, there are flaming drinks.) And beyond just good, they’re thoughtful. The menu offers some traditional tiki cocktails — the Fog Cutter, Zombie, Missionary’s Downfall, etc. — alongside quite a few originals. A couple of standouts: the Yellow Rose, a whiskey cocktail complete with a lemon and pineapple rose, and the Lady Angelica, with rum, cream sherry and vanilla with a lemon peel garnish carved into a butterfly. The namesake for the Lady Angelica is the Instagram tiki fiend that got owner Hunter into tiki. Call it a tribute of sorts …
Read the full, original story by Susie Oszuztowicz in the July 19, 2018 edition of the Dallas Observer. Photo by Susie Oszustowicz.