Category: Restaurants

How to eat at Ruth Chris’ steak house for less

If you like steak, you may want to check out Ruth Chris’ steak house while on Maui. There are two – one at the Shops at Wailea, the second in Lahaina at the Old Lahaina Center (on Front Street).

However, you may be a little shocked at how expensive Ruth Chris’ is. You order your meat (avg $50), the sides are all extra.

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Ruth Chris’ at the Shops at Wailea location

We recently decided to take one of our steak-loving family members as a very special birthday treat. Here’s what we found:

There is an early-bird Prime Time menu. Make reservations and arrive between 5-6pm and you can select from a 3 course prix-fixe menu for $49 or $59. Considering the meat alone usually averages upwards of $50, plus $12 or so per side, this is a great deal. You get a choice of two salads, three entrees (filet, chicken and fish of the day), one side (potato, creamed spinach etc), and desert.

Also, there is a happy hour menu. For this I believe you have to arrive at 5pm and it appears it may be first-come first-serve. I recommend you call and ask for details.

For further savings, go to Costco. The Kahului Costco currently has $100 Ruth Chris gift cards on sale for $80. This gives you an additional 20% discount.

If you prefer to eat later and are staying at one of our condos, be sure to take along the Pueo discount card from the condo (this one is for the Wailea location only). We have these in all our condos for our guests to use, but they are also available for purchase at Kihei’s Kamalii Elementary School for $10. The 2016/17 discount card gives you a 15% discount, though not on the Prime Time menu and not on holidays.

How was dinner?

The steak was great, the atmosphere upscale and nice. Our steak-lover loved his steak (apparently it’s better than my cooking). It was a fun treat.

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Pupu at Wailea Kitchen and Tap

 

Wailea Kitchen
tennis court and ocean view

The Wailea Tennis Club has a restaurant again! This is the former location of Joe’s (part of the Bev Gannon restaurant family), then Joe’s Nuevo (or something like that). After sitting empty for months, it has reopened as the Wailea Kitchen and Tap. Rumor has it, the owners of the golf course just decided to open his own restaurant. Not sure if that’s accurate information.

Regardless, the Wailea Kitchen and Tap has just had their soft opening – yes, they are still playing with the menu. For the most up to date information, check their Facebook page. We decided to give it a try after tennis lessons.

Wailea KitchenThe service was good, the food was great, the prices very reasonable especially for Wailea. We didn’t sample from the bar, so I can’t comment on that. There are several TV monitors for the sports enthusiasts and a long bar at which to enjoy the game. There’s a great view of the tennis courts.

Where exactly is this? The Wailea Tennis Club are tucked in above the Shops at Wailea, just below the new Marriott Residences, Matteo’s and next to the Grand Champions. As you drive up the driveway, there is a parking lot on the right. You then follow the small signs through some landscaping to the tennis courts. You can’t miss it there. It is a short walk from the parking lot to the tennis courts.

Yes, we’ll be back!

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A new Coconuts, re-opened Three’s and more Maui restaurant news

It’s been a while, here is the Maui restaurant news!

Coconuts!

Have you had Coconuts fish tacos yet? They are so very delicious. But if you’ve tried to get them, you may have had to eat them standing up! No problem, Coconuts has opened a large second location in Kamaole Shopping Center, in the old Chinese restaurant location above Whalers Village (next to where the old Denny’s used to be). They are open daily 11am-9pm!

Three’s Bar & Grill

Three’s in Kalama Village has recently reopened following an early morning kitchen fire. Hooray! Also, have you checked out their food truck?

Fork and Salad

Fork and Salad opened this summer in the old Stella Blue’s location in Azeka Shopping Center. This is part of the Three’s Bar & Grill ’empire’. Check it out – I’ve heard great things about it too!

808 Bistro

They’ve been around for quite a while, but… I just found out they are open for lunch! They are tucked in behind Fred’s Mexican along South Kihei Road. We haven’t been forever – definitely time to check them out again!

Pint & Cork

This upscale sports bar with great burgers opened at the Shops at Wailea this past summer. I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket… We’ve tried going a few times, but something always came up. I will report back once we finally go!

And coming soon… the Wailea Kitchen and Tap

Remember the restaurant at the Wailea tennis club? Joe’s and then Joe’s Nueva closed over a year ago. We’ve seen activity at the restaurant location for the past few months now, and according to the guys coming in and out – they are set to open soon!

What is your favorite restaurant? We’d love to know – and would be happy to post it in our next Maui restaurant news blog!

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A few Maui lunch places

Here are a few places I’ve enjoyed a Maui lunch at in the past few months.

Seascape Restaurant
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The view of Maalaea Harbor from the Seascape Restaurant

New to me – the Seascape Restaurant, attached to the Maui Ocean Center. You do not need to pay admission, there is a separate non-ocean center entrance. The restaurant has a beautiful view of Maalaea Harbor.

For lunch I had the fresh ahi poke with kim chi, served on a bed of salad (not rice – this is different). It was great. We also shared a side of sweet potato fries. Oh yum. They were amazing.

Coconuts Fish Cafe

Maui lunchSig and I had an expiring gift certificate for Coconut’s Fish Cafe. This is a little place located in Central Kihei’s Azeka Plaza with surfboard tables and benches and named after the owner’s cat (Coconut). They are known for their fish tacos which are amazing while Sig prefers the more traditional fish and chips. Coconut’s has a lease on the old Denny’s across from Kamaole II beach. The sign says they will be opening there in the next few months. I am not sure if they are moving the restaurant or will have two locations in Kihei.

Tin Roof
Maui lunch
mochiko chicken on hapa rice

I had a quick working lunch at Top Chef Sheldon Simeon’s new lunch stop Tin Roof on Dairy Road in Kahului. Sheldon Simeon used to be at Star Noodle in Lahaina, then Migrant at the Andaz. This spring he started his restaurant, a tiny take-out lunch place with five bar stools, open Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. Yes, it is take-out. Portions are decent, prices good, the flavors amazing. Order ahead on their squareup page, or go in to order (there is a secret menu I am told, that you have to ask about, but then you’ll have to wait).

By the way, Sheldon Simeon will be back on the new season of Top Chef (airing beginning December 1) with former contestants competing against newbies!

Gannons
Maui lunch
Gannons poke bowl

Last week we had family visiting in town. We all love Gannon’s for lunch – you just can’t beat the view from the golf course (Gold and Emerald Course in Wailea), overlooking the ocean and Molokini. The restaurant isn’t air-conditioned, but somehow they always have a nice breeze on their lanai. I tried their poke, the others had the Grilled Salmon Stack, Double Kobe Cheeseburger (amazing fries) and fish tacos. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

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Maui Restaurant News and Events

maui restaurant newsThis week is Kapalua Restaurant Week! Copying Wailea’s restaurant week, Kapalua Restaurants are offering prix-fixe 3 course menus ($29/$39/$49) this week. What a great way to check out some of Kapalua’s fine restaurants.

By the way, have you checked out Kihei’s popular Cow Pig Bun restaurant, across from the Maui Brewing Company in the Maui Tech Park (in Kihei)? Go there! They’ve been getting some great yelp reviews. Looks like they have some new items on their menu – their burgers are amazing! They are open for lunch and dinner – this is a great option if you are not a food truck fan (the Maui Brewing Company does not serve food but instead had food trucks for lunch and dinner).

I was chatting with the owner of Cow Pig Bun yesterday and she tells me her husband has recently opened a new Italian restaurant in Kapalua – the Taverna! Taverna is part of Kapalua Restaurant Week this week, great time to check out their menu!

Wailea’s Irish pub, Mulligans on the Blue, has partnered up with Elvis impersonator Darren Lee ~ they are hosting a new Saturday night Elvis dinner & show! Are you a closet Elvis lover? Not quite willing to commit to driving up to Lahaina for his regular Elvis shows? Why not check him out at Mulligans? Dinner and a show is $60, or come just for the show for $25 (they have a great bar). This is a great setting with sunset views! Please make reservations! By the way, they have entertainment almost every night.

maui restaurant newsPopular Coconuts Fish Cafe in Kihei’s Azeka Plaza is preparing to open a new location at the old Denny’s location across from Kamaole II park. The sign says they will be opening the new store this winter. I don’t know if they plan to keep their Azeka store. Have you visited them yet? Those fish tacos are amazing!

Chez Meme, the cute French bistro in Kihei’s industrial area, closed this summer.

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Coupons and that kama’aina rate!

Have you ever wondered how you can get a kama’aina rate? Wondering what a kama’aina rate is? It’s a discount some shops and restaurants will give to local customers, hoping they will be repeat customers.

Generally you need to have a State of Hawaii driver’s license or other State of Hawaii ID to qualify for that local discount. By the way, did you know Hawaii driver’s licenses have a rainbow on them? I would show you a picture of mine, but…. well…. as with most IDs the picture turned out ‘just great’.

If you are staying at one of our four condos, we have the next best thing to a kama’aina rate: the Pueo Premier Card – a discount card for our guests to use! This is a fundraiser put on by one of the local elementary schools. No worries, you do not need to buy one – we always buy them and leave them in the condos for our guests to use. The discounts are similar to what some of these businesses offer as a kama’aina rate, and some of these businesses don’t actually offer a kama’aina rate, so this is as good as it gets!

In case you can’t zoom in on the picture here are some of the businesses participating in this year’s Pueo Premier Card:

5 Palms Restaurant (at our Kihei Surfside condo) – 20% off

808 Wellness 10% off

Aloha School of Massage Therapy – $5 off

Amigo’s 15% off

Cow Pig Bun 15% off

Cupie’s Drive-in 10% off

Dina’s Sandwitch (at our Sugar Beach condo) 15% off

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse 15% off

Fork & Salad $1 off

Duo Steak & Seafood 10% off

Four Sisters Bakery – buy 1 doz, get 1 free

Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods 10% discount

IHOP 10% off

Java Cafe 15% off

L&L Hawaiian BBQ – free soda

Maui Brick Oven – free soda

Maui Sandwich Shack 15% off

Panda Express 3 for 2

Peggy Sue’s 15% off

Round Table 20% off

Ruth Chris Steak House 15% off

Sanrio 10% off

Taqueria Cruz 50% off 2nd entree

Tutti Frutti 50% off 2nd cup

Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade 10% off

Where can you find this card? If you are staying at one of our condos, look for it in the condo (near the business cards, at our Palms at Wailea condo it’s next to the kitchen phone). You are welcome to use the card, please just remember to leave it in the condo when you leave so our next guests can take advantage too.

If you are not staying at one of our condos, swing by Kamalii Elementary School on the corner of the Piilani Hwy and Alanui Ke Alii (just up the road from Kamaole I beach) in Kihei. They have them for sale in the school office (by the flag pole). Thanks for supporting the kids!

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Wailuku Coffee Company

Have you explored Main Street in Wailuku? This is a street with a different twist. Local business people have done well to revitalize this street. Here you will find five pawn shops, the Iao Theater, various Mom and Pop shops, a cat in the window, and… the Wailuku Coffee Company.

A few days ago I had some time to kill before the mall opened, so I went in search of coffee. Granted, the mall’s Starbucks was open, but I like to try new places (for the blog) and I’d heard good things about the Wailuku Coffee Company. Surprisingly (to me) parking in and around Main Street was scarce. The main (large) parking lot was full – local businesses and County government employees fill those spots quickly. I did find a spot down one of the side roads.

Wailuku Coffee Company was busy – apparently it’s a popular place for breakfast. There is a good amount of seating inside and outside on the sidewalk. I even saw a lady I know (well, I’ve seen her a few times before) – Maui’s full-time population is around 140,000, so yes, this is normal.

Once a month local businesses host Wailuku’s First Friday town party on Main Street. Have you checked out any of the Maui Friday town parties?

Wailuku Coffee Company

Curious to give them a try – they offer free shipping on coffee purchases within the US. Check them out!

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Four great places to buy malasadas on Maui

Malasadas are donuts of Portuguese origin. The Portuguese were among many immigrants who were brought to Hawaii to work in the sugar plantations. The immigrants’ food and recipes became part of the rather hodge-podge Hawaiian food scene. Here on Hawai’i we love the diversity!

I have officially embarked on a mission to try Maui’s malasadas for you – our guests! You’re welcome! I am sure you will appreciate this, right? Here are the ones I’ve tried so far – in no particular order. They are ALL good.

  1. Nalu’s in Kihei’s Azeka Plaza: You are served five warm malasadas covered with sugar,surrounding a helping of custard and drizzled with a caramel syrup. These are amazing and the presentation is tops! I believe they are $5/plate.

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    malasadas at Nalu’s Restaurant in Kihei
  2. Sugar Beach Bake Shop in North Kihei (right next to Ululani’s shave ice). These are made to order between 6-9am. They have three kinds – sugar, cinnamon sugar and li hing mui sugar (salty dried plum powder mixed in with the sugar – very good). They are served warm and are delicious. $10 for a dozen.

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    Sugar Beach Bake Shop – why not make these part of a ‘healthy’ breakfast?
  3. Home Maid Cafe in Kihei’s Azeka Plaza. These are made to order between 6-10am (closed Sundays). Sometimes they do run out, so go early. Home Maid Cafe has two kinds – plain with sugar and custard-filled (my personal favorite). These taste best warm (a bit of a lard after taste when cold). Similarly priced to the SB Bake Shop, cash only.
  4. Komoda’s Bakery at the only four way stop in Makawao (corner of Baldwin Ave and Makawao Ave). Komoda’s has been around for ever (and I mean over a hundred years). They are well known for their bakery and are a cash-only establishment. Their malasadas are either plain, guava-filled with an option of small ‘malasadas on a stick’ (5 on a skewer). They are pre-made and kept in a display cooler. Price are very reasonable – your best deal is ‘malasadas on a stick’ ($1.50 for 5 small malasadas), cash only.
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Fantastic dinner at Kono’s on the Green

dancing at sunset on Kono's lanai
dancing at sunset on Kono’s lanai

I love trying new restaurants. We’d tried Kono’s on the Green a few years ago for lunch, but somehow had never made it back. So when hubby had a birthday to celebrate, he chose Kono’s. Kono’s is the club house at the Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei. It lies just above the Piilani Highway (at the Lipoa intersection, the turn-off to the Maui Tech Park, Maui Brewing Company and Cow Pig Bun) and has a really nice oceanview.

Our dinner was fantastic. The food, presentation and service were top notch. Sig had the Maui Cattle Company Filet Mignon. As a former dairy farmer, he considers himself somewhat of an expert on steak and is picky (not a fan of corn fed beef). He really liked his steak (their beef is grass fed). Maui Cattle Company is the Ulupalakua Ranch (they own the General Store and Tedeshi Winery upcountry). I had the seared ahi – it was great!

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the entry to Kono’s on the Green next to the pro shop

Additionally, they had a band playing on the lanai with dinner guests dancing to the music at sunset.

Local Hint:

Dinner on Maui can be pricey, and so Kono’s entrees are priced in the $20-38 range. Go out for lunch instead – you will find lunches at most Maui restaurants are half or less of the price of dinner.

About the Maui Nui Golf Club. It used to be called the Elleair, but changed ownership a few years ago. The Maui Nui is South Maui’s budget golf course.

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Oceanside Restaurant up in smoke

Oceanside restaurant
photo from Oceanside Restaurant’s facebook page
We had some sad restaurant news on Maui this past week. The 6 month old Oceanside Restaurant at the Maalaea Harbor Shops went up in flames during their busy dinner hour.

The story I’ve heard is that staff had asked a disorderly guest to leave. To spite the restaurant he supposedly lit a fire at the back of the building. By the time the fire was discovered, it was too large to put out with a fire extinguisher. Dinner patrons and staff were all safely evacuated while the fire department was called. The news outlets are reporting $300,000 in damages.

The Oceanside is a new farm-to-table restaurant that opened this past winter in the former Saltimbocca, before that the popular Waterfront restaurant location. They have a beautiful view of the ocean and Maalaea harbor. By all accounts it was popular and doing well. I had meant to check it out, but hadn’t made it there yet.

The police arrested the supposed arsonist (a Kihei resident), however he was released while investigations continue. I assume there isn’t enough evidence to charge him at this time.

I do feel badly for the restaurant owner who had invested his life and money in this new venture. Sixteen employees are now without work also.

The Maui No Ka Oi Magazine has announced some fundraisers are in the work to help them get on their feet again.

This past fall a Texas investor bought the Maalaea Harbor Shops and has been revitalizing the shopping area. This is also the location of Beach Bums and the Pacific Whale Foundation, sharing a parking lot with the Maui Ocean Center.

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