Poogan’s Smokehouse delivers well-done upscale comfort food (Charleston City Paper) Jan13

Poogan’s Smoke...

Consider the best dish your mama used to make. Now imagine it prepared by a talented chef — familiar tastes elevated by honed technique. If upscale comfort food hasn’t inspired its own grassroots movement yet, the new Poogan’s Smokehouse on East Bay Street should give that...

Gnome Café delivers solid vegan fare (Charleston City Paper) Dec23

Gnome Café delivers ...

Although the new all-vegan Gnome Café may call to mind certain mental images, it’s not the hippie enterprise you may be expecting: no burning incense, wall tapestries, nor a single note of Grateful Dead music are to be found. Rather, Gnome Café is surprisingly minimalist and...

Screen Door Does Wood-Fired Pizza Right, But Struggles Elsewhere (Charleston City Paper) Nov25

Screen Door Does Woo...

In the six months since opening, Screen Door on James Island has been through more transformations than The Wolfman. After initial chef Blake Joyal’s menu was scrapped a month after opening, the restaurant’s fare descended into a worrisome state of evolutionary confusion. What...

Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Élevé Restaurant is Hit or Miss (Charleston City Paper) Nov04

Grand Bohemian Hotel...

Élevé is a study in quirky interior decorating. Inside the Grand Bohemian’s rooftop restaurant, it’s wall-to-wall glammed-up shabby chic, with mismatched chandeliers and old armoires filled with liquor. Flanked by two vibrant yellow bars on either end of the seriously loud room...

The Smoker Steers the Ship at the Rusty Rudder (Charleston City Paper) Oct21

The Smoker Steers th...

Driving past The Rusty Rudder on N. Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant, I nearly wrote it off as dive bar. Inside, however, what I found was more what I’d call a “barbecue-joint-meets-family-friendly-sports-bar-meets-seafood-restaurant-meets-outdoor-patio party-spot.” Sound like a...

Lowcountry Street Grocery’s Bus Hopes to Drive Out Hunger (Charleston City Paper) Sep30

Lowcountry Street Gr...

We hate to say it, but the word Kickstarter often makes us roll our eyes. In today’s crowdfund-happy world, every conceivable idea from manufacturing bespoke toothpaste to starting a line of sweaters for alopecia-suffering pandas seems to get an IndieGoGo campaign. So it was with some...

No Butts About it, Smoke BBQ is the Business Sep23

No Butts About it, S...

Smoke BBQ, the former food truck turned chic brick-and-mortar shop, occupies a lofty and modern space on Upper King Street. The former home of the short-lived L.I.F.E. Bar and equally short-lived vegan motorcycle restaurant, Motobar, has come a long way. From industrial tables to exposed...

Apartment A Serves Savory Mississippi Tamales in a Charleston Single House (Charleston City Paper) Sep09

Apartment A Serves S...

Act I, Scene I. It’s mid-afternoon at Apartment A. As the sun filters through the windows of the 150-year-old building, the soundtrack to pretty much every John Hughes film plays softly overhead. The former dwelling on Coming Street exists squarely in the netherland between restaurant,...

Assessing Charleston’s Culinary Tours to Find the Best Entertainment for Your Summer Guests (Charleston City Paper) Jul29

Assessing Charleston...

Well, hello there, sultry summer. It’s the dog days. We’ve reached max oppressive heat, bug bites, sunburns, and summer’s revolving door of visiting friends and family. You know what we’re talking about, whether there’s a bloodline connection or not, family is...

Thai Elephants is the Gold Standard for Retro Rolls (Charleston City Paper) Jul22

Thai Elephants is th...

If you’re looking to spend a teary 15 minutes humming Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You,” while being horrified at the behavior of some of your fellow human beings, then by all means google the words “Thai elephants.” If you’re looking to spend a...

A Day of Dining on $10 in Charleston (Eater) Jul16

A Day of Dining on $...

New to town, reporter Vanessa Wolf attempts to eat three meals with only $10. 8:59 a.m. Arrived in Charleston from the west, long after the first fingers of sunrise had awoken the marshes. The buildings seem to shimmer under the clear skies, vibrant shades of amber, aqua, and...

Fountain Cafe and BBQ nails a Reuben and serves some promising ‘cue  (Charleston City Paper) Jun17

Fountain Cafe and BB...

What do you get when you mix a 1950s-style soda fountain with some earnest young adults, a Huey Lewis soundtrack, and a heaping helping of pimento cheese? If you guessed 1985’s highest grossing film, Back to the Future, you are darn close. However, if you said, Mt. Pleasant’s...

La Provence: Upcountry’s  Ooh La La (Maui Now) May16

La Provence: Upcount...

Arguably the most charming part of France, the sun-soaked, Mediterranean-flanked Provence region extends north  to the snow-capped mountains of the southern Alps. Quite suitably, Maui’s own little taste of Provence is also quite charming. Nestled on a quiet Kula hillside, the garden-like...

Nick’s Fishmarket  Maui Offers Something for Everyone (Maui Now) May05

Nick’s Fishmarket M...

There’s something fishy in Wailea. Although the name implies a casual corner shop where you might pick up some poke for the beach, saunter into Nick’s Fishmarket Maui in search of some raw mahi mahi filets for the grill and quickly find yourself a fish out of water. Located in the plush...

Maui Brewing Co.’s  Menu Offers a World of Flavors (Maui Now) Apr20

Maui Brewing Co.’s ...

Ahoy, me hearties. After many a week at sea, we did stumble upon yon shores in search of grub and grog. Good evening. Welcome to Maui Brewing Co. A table for one this evening? Aye. That is, I an’ me first mate, Pepe. We seek the flavors of the New World. That’s two for dinner, then? Pepe...

Upcountry Fresh Tamales  and Mixed Plate: Say What? (Maui Now) Apr13

Upcountry Fresh Tama...

Boasting a veritable alphabet soup of words, we wonder if maybe this little restaurant is overcompensating. Although we’d understand if so, they really don’t have to. No bigger than your living room, Upcountry Fresh Tamales and Mixed Plate – UFTAMP, if you will – manages to churn out a...

Coconut’s Fish  Cafe is Bananas. B.A.N.A.N.A.S. (Maui Now) Apr07

Coconut’s Fish Cafe...

In the six relatively short years since first opening, Coconut’s Fish Cafe in K?hei has become a top-rated area restaurant with a burgeoning string of franchised locations on the mainland. Named after the owner’s cat, the Coconut Shrimp  ($10.99) might be shocked to learn it’s not all...

Badua’s Creperie  Express Shows Its Sweet Side (Maui Now) Mar22

Badua’s Creperie Ex...

It was a dark and stormy night. Lightning threatened to ignite the very ground beneath our feet, seeming to chase us as we ran toward the refuge offered by the Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall. Denied shelter in the Verizon store, we bolted up the stairs toward the food court as the howl of a wolf...

Haui’s Life’s  A Beach Defies The Stereotype (Maui Now) Mar14

Haui’s Life’s A Bea...

In John Hughes’ 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, we are taught not to stereotype others based on appearances. Haui’s Life’s a Beach – a veritable chameleon of a...

Porto Puts Your Money  Where Their Mouth Is (Maui Now) Mar07

Porto Puts Your Mone...

When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world. His hand rose and fell...

Kuau Store: 1942  Never Had It So Good (Maui Now) Feb28

Kuau Store: 1942 Ne...

In nineteen hundred forty-two Kuau Store was brand spankin’ new. Since that time, the little building off the Hana Highway has been through many incarnations, the most memorable to whit being the former Kuau Mart. Known for plate lunches, local surfer sightings and the proprietors’ uncanny...

Beat the Queue  for Restaurant Matsu (Maui Now) Feb22

Beat the Queue for ...

By all accounts, Central Kahului’s Restaurant Matsu is a re-purposed double-wide trailer located in a parking lot on a nondescript part of Alamaha, but don’t tell that to the throngs of satisfied customers. The place is often standing room only – abuzz with hungry diners and others...

Makawao Garden Cafe: Sandwiches, Salads and Mom (Maui Now) Feb15

Makawao Garden Cafe:...

If it’s been a while since your mom called you pet names while filling your empty tummy, it could be time to pay a visit to the lady who gave you life. But let’s say – for whatever reason – that’s not so easy. No worries, as the sweet, sunny proprietress of the...

Stillwell’s Bakery and Cafe: Almost Famous (Maui Now) Feb08

Stillwell’s Bakery a...

Stillwell’s Bakery and Cafe in Wailuku came preceded by a veritable parade of acclaim. Their website boasts, “We are well known for our famous Chinese Chicken Salad.” and “Stillwell’s Cream Horns are a favorite for visitors and locals alike and boxes of them are often seen leaving...

Duke’s Beach House: Location, Location, Location (Maui Now) Jan30

Duke’s Beach House: ...

Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968), the five-time Olympian who brought surfing to Australia, Southern California and – ultimately – the entire world, left behind one of the Aloha State’s greatest legacies. How he came to front the Hawaiian equivalent of Red Lobster is beyond us, but there’s...

Ichiban Okazuya Hawai‘i: An Unlikely Love Story (Maui Now) Jan23

Ichiban Okazuya Hawa...

Ichiban Okazuya: The first time we met, we hated each other. Us: No, you didn’t hate me, I hated you. The second time we met, you didn’t even remember me. Ichiban Okazuya: I did too, I remembered you. You ordered Chow Fun. The third time we met, you ordered the Katsu and we became...

The Fish Market Maui Serves it Up Hot… And Cold (Maui Now) Jan11

The Fish Market Maui...

Anticipation Anticipation Is making me late Is keeping me way-ay-aiting This song was not playing overhead during our visits to The Fish Market Maui (TFMM) in Lahaina, but if they ever decide to employ an anthem or theme song or something, it would get our vote. Heralded by great word of mouth...

Zing Maui: Wailuku’s Got a Brand New (Lunch) Bag (Maui Now) Jan04

Zing Maui: Wailuku’s...

Do you like breakfast? What about lunch? Then we’ve got an offer for you! What do you do when your stomach angrily informs you it’s time for a refill? Up until now, you probably had to drive around to area grocery stores, purchase a bunch of food, take it home, cut it up and cook it. No...

Comedian Bill Maher Comments On Maui’s Monsanto Predicament (Maui Now) Dec29

Comedian Bill Maher ...

Arguably the most outspoken – if not the bravest – comedian in the business, Bill Maher brings his droll political observations to Maui this New Year’s Day. His annual Aloha Live Stand Up Tour is now in its fourth year and offers ticketholders the opportunity to experience his...

Maui Kombucha: All You Need is Lovelovelove (Maui Now) Dec28

Maui Kombucha: All Y...

Key Vocabulary Kombucha – a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened tea that most likely originated in China before spreading to Russia in the early 1900s. Lovelovelove – a listed ingredient in several Maui Kombucha food items SCOBY – Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and...

MiGRANT: Around the World in Eight Plates (Maui Now) Dec21

MiGRANT: Around the ...

Good morning, Mr. X. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to elevate the beloved cuisine of your childhood. You may select any two items for transmutation into fine dining fodder, but it is essential that you also include: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches Spaghetti-Os Rice...

Journey Into the Vast Menu at Tante’s Island Cuisine (Maui Now) Dec13

Journey Into the Vas...

Tucked into the uber-crowded parking lot of the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului is Tante’s Island Cuisine, a breakfast, lunch and dinner joint that is something of a family-run Denny’s. The sweeping menu is borderline-boundless and runs the gamut from steak and lobster to local food and even...

Roasted Chiles Kicks Things Up a Notch (Maui Now) Dec06

Roasted Chiles Kicks...

Forget the fact that you’re on Maui. Forget the fact that this is a strip mall. Forget. Forget! Olvídalo. ¡Olvídalo! — Now that you’ve forgotten, take a breath and focus your attention on the vaulted ceiling, woven leather chairs and long granite-topped bar before you. Humble...

Prison Street Pizza: Worth Getting Sprung For? (Maui Now) Nov30

Prison Street Pizza:...

We do not know the owner of Prison Street Pizza, but we imagine him a “calling it like he sees it,” no frills-type dude. Suffering from an over-abundance of imagination, we even conjured the following totally fake, make-believe interaction for you: Prison Street Pizza Owner (PSPO): I’m...

Thai Spice: Spice Up Your Life (Maui Now) Nov22

Thai Spice: Spice Up...

Let’s see. There was Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Scary Spice, Posh Spice and… Who are we forgetting? Oh yes. Thai Spice. This latest addition to the all-star lineup has taken over the space left behind by Tortillas Burrito Company on the Hana Highway in Paia. The menu contains most – if...

Tortugas: Totally Tubular Tortas (Maui Now) Nov16

Tortugas: Totally Tu...

Oh, Tortugas. You so crazy. Let’s get this straight. On an island with plenty of Mexican options already, you open yet another one with a predominant focus on just one thing: tortas. Like a boss. The Mexican sandwich – which the restaurant explains are known as  “tortugas” (turtles)...

Maui Fresh Streatery: Turning Japanese (Maui Now) Nov08

Maui Fresh Streatery...

Radiohead – Creep The Who – Pinball Wizard Warrant – Cherry Pie Led Zeppelin –Stairway to Heaven What do these four songs have in common? If you guessed, “They’re all sung by men,” well, thanks Captain Obvious. However,  if you know your obscure rock history, you’re...

Pranee vs. Nutcharee: Rumble in the Jungle (Maui Now) Oct31

Pranee vs. Nutcharee...

As anyone who’s anyone who knows anyone who knows anything knows, you don’t go to Hana without enjoying some lunch from Pranee’s Authentic Thai Food… or Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food, depending on the day. But for those with flexible schedules, the age-old debate rages: do you go...

Surfside Spirits and Deli: Kihei’s Best Kept Secret (Maui Now) Oct26

Surfside Spirits and...

Understated to the point of being near-invisible, Surfside Spirits and Deli in Kihei has no need to fly so low under the radar. Rather, this stealth bomber of plate lunch purveyors deserves a loud, proud and regular spot in your rotation. Beyond offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s...

Blue Ginger Cafe: When You’ve Had Your Fill of Resort Food (Maui Now) Oct19

Blue Ginger Cafe: Wh...

When last we saw our hero, he was wearing a sky blue tuxedo and drifting toward Tahiti on the back of a fiberglass swan paddle boat. Fortunes changed, tides shifted, sky blue tuxedos disintegrated and were replaced with Gap straight fit khakis, workers toiled in the sun, and fortunes changed...

Kula Bistro: Upcountry’s Comfort Food Oasis (Maui Now) Oct11

Kula Bistro: Upcount...

And you may find yourself bracing against freezing cold And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may find yourself behind the wheel of an out-of-control bike And you may find yourself in a beautiful room, with some beautiful food And you may ask yourself Well…How did I...

Choose from Oceans of Options at China Boat (Maui Now) Oct03

Choose from Oceans o...

For the love of General Tso, what does a person have to do to get some decent Chinese food on this rock? If this is a question sounds familiar, we have two words for you: China Boat. Admittedly, it’s no Char Hung Sut, but it’s arguably the best Maui has to offer. The 100-plus item menu...

Splurge on a Romantic Dinner at these 8 Maui Restaurants (Vacatia) Oct02

Splurge on a Romanti...

Maui offers a plethora of opportunities for every type of vacationer.  Whether you’re the “go big or go home” Haleakala mountain biking adventure type or more likely to be found sun worshipping on the sand next to a Hawaiian Monk Seal, your Maui vacation is incomplete without at least...

808 Bistro: Comfort Food in a Secret Garden (Maui Now) Sep27

808 Bistro: Comfort ...

Tucked well out of sight behind Fred’s Mexican Cafe on South Kihei Road, you may not even realize 808 Bistro exists. Serving just breakfast and dinner in a surprisingly private, lush green setting, it’s somehow simultaneously front-and-center and off the beaten path. Regardless, should you...

Iron Imu BBQ Company Brings Texas to the West Side (Maui Now) Sep21

Iron Imu BBQ Company...

Authentic Texas-style barbecue is not something you’d expect to find on the shores of Maui – Napili Bay, to be exact – but if you find yourself at the cleverly named Iron Imu BBQ Company, you can expect to find the unexpected. Case in point: the restaurant itself is located in the lobby...

Slightly Salty Serves Up Significantly Scrumptious Fare (Maui Now) Sep14

Slightly Salty Serve...

If the words “slightly salty” bring to mind terms like brackish, saline and briny, then prepare to log a whole new entry in your mental (and culinary) database. Most days the Slightly Salty food truck can be found in the Food Truck Oasis, that little cluster of stands that gather daily...

Veg Out Takes Fast Food to a Whole New Level (Maui Now) Sep06

Veg Out Takes Fast F...

Raised on the east coast by people who used the oven to store Wonder Bread and cereal boxes, we arrived at the University of California at Santa Cruz having never seen – let alone eaten – an artichoke, avocado or block of tofu. Hippie colleges have a way of making vegans out of a person,...

Penne Pasta Cafe: You Get What You Pay For (Maui Now) Aug22

Penne Pasta Cafe: Yo...

Family friendly, easy-on-the-budget dining options on Maui are a lot like the Hawaiian Monk Seal: rare. Penne Pasta Cafe in Lahaina solidly fills that niche, although the food itself often underwhelms. Noting the mention of “penne” in the name, we started with the Baked Penne NY...

Ka’ana Kitchen Is Worth Every Shekel (Maui Now) Aug15

Ka’ana Kitchen Is Wo...

Whoever said “the best things in life are free” clearly never dined at Ka’ana Kitchen in the Andaz Maui. Alas, pricey is the way the gourmet resort cookie crumbles, but we promise you this: it’s worth it. For those that take to more “creative” measures to fund your new astronomical...

Fernando’s Mexican Grill Brings the Heat (Maui Now) Aug08

Fernando’s Mexican G...

Critiquing Mexican (or any cuisine, really) food on Maui is the social media equivalent of wearing a “kick me” sign to a Tae Kwon Do exhibition. Clearly, we like to live dangerously. Similarly, if you enjoy playing fast and loose with your taste buds, Fernando waits for you in all his...

The Liquor Shack and Deli: Maui’s Best Burger? (Maui Now) Aug01

The Liquor Shack and...

When two different people told us Maui’s best burgers are being served at upcountry’s humbly named Liquor Shack and Deli (formerly Liquor Shack and Grinds, near as we can tell), we figured “if a shack is good enough for the B-52s, it’s good enough for us.” So we gassed up our...

The Gazebo Restaurant Makes You Wait for It (Maui Now) Jul25

The Gazebo Restauran...

You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. Scratch that. In this world there’s four kinds of people: Those with loaded guns, those who dig, those who stand in line for breakfast and those who would rather do anything other than stand in...

Mulligans on the Blue: Bogeys and Birdies (Maui Now) Jul18

Mulligans on the Blu...

Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea is a veritable Maui institution known for Thursday quiz nights, rowdy St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and regular doses of the musical magic that is Willie K. But how’s the food? Happily, there are some reliable pub standards available. However, much like the...

Italian Delight: Lahaina’s NYC Portal? (Maui Now) Jul13

Italian Delight: Lah...

Nothing gets people going quite like debates about religion, politics or – apparently – pizza. Ever willing to admit if we were wrong, when several people (angry villagers with torches) recently suggested (insisted) that the best New York style pizza on Maui isn’t in (friggin’) Kihei,...

Big Beach BBQ: Get Your 4th of July On (Maui Now) Jul04

Big Beach BBQ: Get Y...

What says “Fourth of July” quite like attempting to blow up your yard, passing cars and/or your person; all while inhaling the smokey siren song of sweet, sweet barbecue? Although we can’t help you in the procuring and igniting of said boom, if you’re looking for some ‘Q today –...

The Daily Grindz: Wear Your Fat Pantz (Maui Now) Jun27

The Daily Grindz: We...

Are you a sumo wrestler who can’t quite seem to fill up? Does it take fourteen Hungry Man dinners to stop the rumbling? Have you ever been chased out of an all-you-can eat restaurant for “taking brazen advantage” of the situation? You may have an eating disorder. Look into it. Meanwhile,...

Molokai Burger: At the Center of Everything (Maui Now) Jun21

Molokai Burger: At t...

The island of Molokai is 260 square miles and – including two coffee shops, the bakery where you get the late night sweet bread and that ice cream/snack food place – boasts 15 glorious eating establishments, give or take. For those counting, that’s one restaurant per 17 square miles. As...

The Market by Capsiche: Gourmet To Go (Maui Now) Jun15

The Market by Capsic...

The Market by Capische (as it’s called on the signage –  other sources give it other appellations, but we’ll let those slide) is, as the name implies, a market. However, it’s more a shop of the ‘$100 picnic’ ilk than a place for area residents to grab some basic staples on the way...

Tuk Tuk Thai: Worth the Wait (Maui Now) Jun07

Tuk Tuk Thai: Worth ...

What do Thai food, three-wheeled auto rickshaws, and a psychedelic school bus straight out of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test have in common? If you said “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” or “The Grateful Dead,” you’re probably right. However, in this particular case, the...

Izakaya Matsu Serves Up Traditional Japanese Pub Fare (Maui Now) May31

Izakaya Matsu Serves...

Izakaya Matsu, located in the Makai Azeka Shopping Center, offers a unique opportunity to sample some traditional Japanese pub fare here on Maui. If you aren’t already familiar, an izakaya is a Japanese tavern that serves Japanese-style tapas, making it akin to a Japanese gastropub. (We will...

Vanessa Wolf Nominated for National Food Journalism Award May28

Vanessa Wolf Nominat...

By David Kvasnicka Vanessa Wolf  of Maui Now has been nominated for a national award for food journalism by the Association of Food Journalists. The AFJ selected Vanessa Wolf as one of three finalists in the ‘Best Restaurant Criticism’ category for her reviews of eating establishments on...

Tokyo Tei: Maui’s Own Time Machine (Maui Now) May25

Tokyo Tei: Maui’s Ow...

If you were alive at the time, you may recall that back in 1934: Dirt storms swept across the American Midwest, destroying 100 million acres and damaging another 200 million resulting in a natural disaster now known as the Dust Bowl. Adolph Hitler became Fuhrer. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker...

Shaka Pizza: Escape to New York (Maui Now) May18

Shaka Pizza: Escape ...

In the book “It Must Have Been Something I Ate,” award-winning food writer Jeffrey Steingarten dedicates an entire chapter to one topic: pizza. How much can be said about pizza, really? Watch and learn. Largely considered an Italian invention, pizza (or a concoction going by that name...

Pura Vida: This Is Living (Maui Now) May10

Pura Vida: This Is L...

If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica, you know the expression “pura vida” – literally translated as “pure life” – is used extensively as a greeting, farewell, toast, adjective meant to communicate a laid-back lifestyle and even a synonym for “excellent.” But why? According to...

Eskimo Candy: No Eskimos, No Candy (Maui Now) May03

Eskimo Candy: No Esk...

First off, let’s just come out and address the obvious: Kihei’s Eskimo Candy is the epitome of false advertising if ever there were. Is it a chocolatier run by Inuits? A confectionery staffed with native Yupik people? Nope. Not even close. There aren’t even any sweets… well, unless...

Tamura’s Fine Wine and Liquors: Booze Optional (Maui Now) Apr25

Tamura’s Fine Wine a...

It’s official. We have a new crush, and we have it bad. Seafood lovers and party animals rejoice: Tamura’s Fine Wines and Liquors offers a stunning array of what you crave. Sure, the name, location and appearance are rather deceptive, but trust us on this one: Tamura’s is positioned to...

La Tienda Del Sol: Much More Than a Store (Maui Now) Apr19

La Tienda Del Sol: M...

South Kihei’s La Tienda del Sol is the Clark Kent of Maui Mexican cuisine: under the radar, quietly typing away at his desk in the back. Forget the Bruce Wayne flash, this little restaurant is artfully disguised as a small, understated Hispanic grocery store. Hidden on the bottom floor of a...

StarsTruck: Star Noodle Hits the Road (Maui Now) Apr11

StarsTruck: Star Noo...

In little more than an hour (correction: day. Thanks for the catch, Laura G. ~VW), Star Noodle’s annual Empty Bowl Project benefit kicks off. Whether due to claustrophobia, empty bowlophobia, conflicting plans or something else entirely, those who miss the event can still take in a little...

The Sports Page, Where Grill Comes Before Bar (Maui Now) Apr04

The Sports Page, Whe...

Your dreams of winning a billion dollars courtesy of Warren Buffet and a bullet-proof bracket dashed, you can still lose a little of your own money in a friendly Final Four bet or two. While you’re at it, consider taking in the games, some brews and some classic pub grub at the The Sports...

Taco Bell’s New Brea...

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of anonymous fuming via the internet, is there? Last week’s blurb about Taco Bell’s forthcoming venture into breakfast spawned a whole lotta grumbling and one “I can’t wait for Vanessa’s review!” What’s that? A request? A dare? A...

Pho Saigon 808 Offers Tasty Vietnamese Basics (Maui Now) Mar23

Pho Saigon 808 Offer...

Every so often, readers send in review requests or recommendations as to “the best [fill in the blank]” –  a gesture we very much appreciate. After three such endorsements for Pho Saigon 808 in Lahaina, we caved to the pressure and checked it out in person. Surveying the menu, the...

Monkeypod Kitchen’s HH: Happiness on a Budget Mar14

Monkeypod Kitchen’s ...

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman offers an expansive, eclectic menu. Light eaters, multi-plate nibblers and cheapskates will be happy to learn there is also a diverse spread available as part of the happy hour menu. Better yet, it’s offered twice throughout the restaurant every day from 3 to...

Giannotto’s Pizza: Next Best Thing to Teleportation Mar08

Giannotto’s Pizza: N...

Picture an East Coast pizza joint in your mind. If you came up with a small, hot space filled with notable accents, Yankees memorabilia and Scarface posters, then Giannotto’s Pizza in Wailuku is already super legit. They do more than make pizza, but since that’s mentioned in the name,...

Café Des Amis: Mangez Bien (Maui Now) Mar02

Café Des Amis: Mange...

One pitfall of the restaurant business – if not life itself – involves attempting to be too many things to too many people. On the surface, it looks like Café des Amis in Paia may be falling victim to this temptation – “They serve Mediterranean AND Indian food?” – but non, they...

Shark Pit: Ka’anapali’s Fusion Frenzy (Maui Now) Feb22

Shark Pit: Ka’anapal...

Another day, another west side food truck. This week’s adventure brings us to the Shark Pit, located at the end of the Sugar Cane Train route in Ka’anapali. The eight-item menu is short and to the point, and there is but one rule where the two or three daily specials are concerned: be...