Super Bowl island grinds

Armchair quarterbacks gear up for dine-in and take-out options

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon staff get ready to charge ahead for Super Bowl with fun drinks and pupu. They are servers Juliet Clark (from left) Lindsey Stout, bartender Malia Ness, server Sarah Johnson, hostess Oakley Jackson and general manager Renae Roberts. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

On Super Bowl Sunday, when the New England Patriots battle the Atlanta Falcons, Maui establishments will be ready for action.

Watch the big game at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and enjoy free admission. Gates open at noon and Willie K will entertain before kickoff at 1:30 p.m. and after the final whistle.

“Pick your party,” says MACC Marketing Director Bob Burrichter. “Watch the game indoors on the largest movie screen in Hawaii in Castle Theater or catch the action in the Yokouchi Pavilion outside on a high-tech LED screen, or both. Mix and mingle.”

Bring your thirsts and appetites, too. Beverages will be available for purchase in the courtyard before and during the game, and food vendors will be on hand selling ono grinds and snacks. No coolers, outside food and drinks or tailgating will be allowed.

Food truck Like Poke? will let you dive into the game with seaweed salad, poke bowls, quarter-pound of poke, ahi katsu, and wasabi or furikake fries. The Maui Hamburger Co. will serve burgers, cheeseburgers and “blown burgers” with double patties, cheese and bacon.

Stopwatch Sports Bar & Grill Chef Alyse Jenkins will kick off Super Bowl with half-time pupu from hot dogs to buffalo chicken wings. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

“Maui Tropsicles will also be on site with a variety of their locally made, organic popsicles,” says Burrichter. “So there’s fun for the whole family, football fans or not. Game on! All ages welcome.”

For more details, call the MACC at 242-7469.

Want to throw your own Super Bowl party? Or take pupu to share at a friend’s bash? Oki’s Seafood Corner situated in Foodland Kahului is the place to go for all of your game-day seafood needs.

“I’m making the same variety of platters that we do for Christmas and New Year’s,” says Oki’s owner Elisa Garcia. “We offer hamachi, salmon and ahi, and if we have snappers available, then we’ll make platters with some of those kinds of fish, too.”

Seafood-loving football fans will also find about a dozen types of fish poke such as spicy tuna, California and shoyu, all top sellers in the iced cooler.

“We have snappers to throw on the grill,” says Garcia. “Right now we also have plump Pacific oysters, clams and opihi. If you want a platter for Super Bowl, please give us a day or two notice. But I always make some platters ahead anyway for display.” Call Oki’s at 871-5922.

Buffalo wings are the Mainland’s Super Bowl appetizer du jour, but poke and sashimi rule here. TJ’s Warehouse in Wailuku Industrial Area sells poke and bentos daily. Sizes range from 12-, 16- and 18-inch platters.

“We also feature combo platters now,” Vice President Joel Kawasaki says. “We have ahi and salmon and you can request hamachi. Order a platter by calling 244-7311 by  Friday for pickup on Super Bowl Sunday.”

Takamiya Market, renowned as the “little giant of  Happy Valley” in Wailuku, will be open for sports fans from 7 to 11 a.m. Super Bowl Sunday. You’ll find sashimi, hot pupu, ahi and tako poke and sushi, along with ready-to-grill Korean ribs, teriyaki beef and pork and chicken. For bigger party orders, plan ahead and make choices from its main kitchen, Dani’s Catering. Call 244-3404.

Stopwatch Sports Bar & Grill is always the place to huddle in Makawao for Super Bowl Sunday. Situated on Makawao Avenue in the heart of paniolo country, it marks its 23rd Super Bowl party this year.

“We like to give back to our loyal customers so we have a no-cover, 21-and-over admission policy,” says Stopwatch partner Haru Hiu-Arian. “We have free half-time pupus and door prizes all day long, with our grand prize two-for-one Air Maui helicopter ride.”

Complimentary Super Bowl pupu will be barbecued pork sliders with cole slaw, chili and rice, buffalo chicken wings, jalapeno corn bread, green salad, seven layer bean dip with tortilla chips, veggie platter, hot dogs, furikake popcorn, and for dessert, cheesecake slices.

“We’ll set up the buffet out on the lanai,” says new Chef Alyse Jenkins. “The kitchen will be also open serving our regular football menu of cheesey fries, chicken tenders and hot dogs. It will be the last day for hot dogs until I put them on the keiki menu.”

“We are happy to have Chef Alyse,” says Hiu-Arian.  “She is an accomplished baker and is capably tackling the task of organizing our kitchen and cooks.”

During happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy $1 off draft mugs, domestic bottled beers, well drinks and wines by the glass. Call Stopwatch at 572-1380.

Party Paradise in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center near  Sears is Maui’s one-stop shop for all manner of Super Bowl decorations, says owner Jamie Sato.

“We have the official Super Bowl team merchandise of mylar balloons and paper goods such as plates, napkins, cups, straws, table covers and bowls,” Sato explains.

“You may buy general football-themed serving platters and such as well as NFL official party supplies like themed trays and bowls and serving platters, and we even now have inflatable coolers with field goals on the end with places to put your drinks. This is the place to go.”

Party Paradise is open during general mall hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 871-5131.

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia will once again tackle Super Bowl with its smokehouse menu, teaming with all of the fun sauces and starches and sides. The baby-back ribs, beef brisket, half chicken and wild salmon all score a touchdown with diners who can’t seem to get enough. The Sunday Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar will flow for $5 a drink and you may garnish the drinks with all manner of hot sauces and veggies. A 12-foot by 9-foot screen with four  flat screens gives views of the action.

As a nod to the New England Patriots, Charley’s will serve a hot clam chowder. And Atlanta Falcon fans may  dig into Southern hush puppies, or savory deep-fried balls made of cornmeal batter. Call 579-8085.

Pregame Trivia starts at 11:30 a.m. Super Bowl Sunday at Pi Artisan Pizzeria in the Outlets of Maui mall on Front Street in Lahaina. TV viewing will be on the mall patio and at the bar. A Super Bowl special is the 50-Yard-Line pizza of half pepperoni and half sausage for $10. Other regular happy-hour specials through 6 p.m. include garlic knots, Pi cheese bread and pizza rolls and small meatballs. Get four hours of parking with a purchase. All wines on tap are 25 percent off through the extended happy hour until 6 p.m., and select drinks and beers are discounted, too.

With locations at the Maui Mall in Kahului and Lahaina Gateway in West Maui, Genki Sushi is on a roll as the pair of sister eateries to pick up combination and California roll platters for game day.

For instance, the combination platters feature six pieces of California roll, three pieces of tamago (Japanese omelet),  12 pieces each of kappa maki (cucumber roll) and tekka maki (tuna roll), and six pieces of inari (sushi cones with rice. To place orders, call Genki Maui Mall at 873-7776 or Lahaina at 661-0333.

Maui Prime Fine Foods is another place to go for all of your gourmet Super Bowl party needs. The retail store at Emerald Plaza in Lahaina features fine wines and gourmet seafood, cheeses and meats.

The staff can make party platters, shuck oysters, ice your orders and even deliver. Give them 24 hours to prepare the Maui-style clam bake so it’s as fresh as it gets. Steamer pots that you can keep are full of clams, shrimp, lobster, corn, aromatic broth and baguette for game day. You may add Mediterranean mussels, fresh day boat scallops and more. Call  661-4912.