Super Bowl grindz
From ‘pub grub’ to take-out platters, Maui establishments tackle it for you
When the New England Patriots battle the Philadelphia Eagles this Super Bowl Sunday, armchair quarterbacks can thoroughly kick back as chefs will be tackling fun menus and take-out platters for you.
Watch the big game at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and enjoy free admission. Gates open at noon and live music by Willie Ki will get you in the groove 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 at the Yokouchi Pavilion outside on a high-definition LED screen, or both. Mix and mingle. Everyone is welcome, from Maui residents to out-of-town visitors.”
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.
Vendors include Fatt Chicks Burgers, ready to pump you up with hurricane fries and gravy fries, chicharron, spicy wings and Korean wings, Asian vegetarian nachos, and, of course, hamburgers and cheeseburgers and ahi and veggie burgers galore. Sumo Dogs will serve linebacker-size hot dogs and shave ice, too.
For more details, call the MACC at 242-7469.
To celebrate football’s biggest game of the year, Pailolo Bar & Grill oceanfront sports bar at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas will offer all-day beachside viewing of Super Bowl LII on a 13- by-8-foot LED wall, accompanied by game-day inspired food and local beer selections. Under the shade of a tent, watch your favorite football team with surround sound and enjoy breakfast and cocktails from 8 to 10 a.m., followed by Super Bowl food specials and regular lunch and dinner menus and Maui-brewed beer from 10 a.m. to closing.
Hunker down to the Super Poke Bowl with rice, ahi, sweet soy glaze, wasabi aioli, furikake and green onion; the Chili Rice Bowl with Maui Cattle Co. beef, sharp cheddar and onion; and the game-day favorite of Fritos Chili Bag with the above-mentioned chili and green onions served with crunchy Fritos. And sip cold island beers from the Maui Brewing Co. truck, which will be parked on the lawn in front of Pailolo.
Those opting for an all-day tailgate will find breakfast cocktails such as the Double Bacon Hail Mary with Tito’s vodka or Cazadores tequila along with pickled asparagus and Applewood smoked bacon. Those coming in just for kickoff at 1:30 p.m. can try Pailolo’s Old Lahaina Fizz with Old Lahaina silver rum, lemon juice, club soda and house-made pineapple-basil simple syrup.
“Pailolo is excited to provide visitors and locals a great venue to watch the big game,” says Brandon Maeda, complex director of food and beverage at Westin KOR. “As the only oceanside sports bar, watching the game at Pailolo on our giant LED wall is the perfect way to cheer on your favorite team.”
Pailolo Bar & Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast is served Friday through Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m. Pailolo Bar & Grill is home to Maui’s first hotel-owned-and-operated food truck, and winner of “Best Bar” (Silver) and “Best Burger” (Silver) in a local magazine’s 2016 ‘Aipono Awards. Complimentary self-parking is available. For more information, visit www.westinkaanapali.com/pailolo.
Want to throw your own Super Bowl bash? Or take-out pupu to share at a friend’s party? Oki’s Seafood Corner situated in Foodland Kahului is the place to go for all of your game-day seafood needs.
“We’ll make the same variety of platters that we do for Christmas and the New Year,” says Oki’s owner Elisa Garcia. “We offer hamachi, salmon and ahi, and if we have snappers, then we’ll make platters with some of those kinds of fish, too.”
If you want a platter for Super Bowl, call the team as soon as possible to give them a little notice.
“But I always make some platters ahead anyway for display,” adds Garcia.
Seafood-loving football fans will also find about a dozen types of fish poke such as spicy tuna, California, sea asparagus, kimchi raw crab, sesame-oil tako, edamame and king crab — all top sellers in the iced cooler and ready for last-minute buys.
“We have snappers to throw on the grill,” says Garcia. ”Like fresh whole opakapaka and onaga. Right now we also have plump Pacific oysters, clams and opihi. We also sell boiled peanuts, raw shrimp and fillets of fish from ahi to mahimahi.
Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call Oki’s at 871-5922.
Upcountry, Stopwatch Sports Bar & Grill is always the place to take a time out and huddle for Super Bowl Sunday. Situated on Makawao Avenue in the heart of paniolo country in Makawao, it marks its 24th Super Bowl party this year.
“We always like to give back to our loyal customers, so we have free half-time pupu and door prizes all day long, with our grand prize of an Air Maui helicopter ride,” says Haru Hiu-Arian, Stopwatch partner. “We do have a no-cover, 21-and-over admission policy,”
Complimentary Super Bowl pupu will be barbecued pork sliders with cole slaw, chili and rice, Korean chicken wings, cranberry meatballs, corn pudding, rice, chipotle-lime salad, escabeche with pickled vegetables, tortilla chips, jalapeno popper dip, salsa and guacamole. Those with a sweet tooth may delight in assorted cheesecakes.
“We’ll set up the buffet out on the lanai,” says Hiu-Arian. “The kitchen will also be open serving its regular menu starting at 11 a.m. for lunch. We don’t have any real game specials until our happy hour kicks off at 3:30 p.m.”
During happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy discounted draft mugs, domestic bottled beers, well drinks and wines by the glass. And around lunchtime, the Bud Girls are expected and they always bring some swag with them.
“Our chef is Ola Miner. Everyone’s been very happy with his food — and our food business has been growing. He hails from Las Vegas, but has local roots and has lived on Maui for awhile now,” she adds.
For more details, call the Stopwatch at 572-1380.
Buffalo wings may be Super Bowl go-tos on the Mainland, but poke and sashimi rule in the islands. TJ’s Warehouse in the Wailuku Industrial Area sells fresh seafood platters that range in size from 12 to 16 and 18 inches.
“We also feature combo platters now,” TJ’s Vice President Joel Kawasaki says. “We always have ahi and salmon and you can request hamachi.”
Order your platters by Friday for pickup on Sunday before the game.
“We have Super Bowl beer specials and we cater half of full pans of local favorites like Korean chicken and combo yakitori chicken and teri beef.”
Want to pick up some last-minute poke? TJ’s is the place to go for shoyu ahi, spicy ahi, kimchi cucumber, pickled garlic and pohole fern-shoot poke.
Regular store hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, call 244-7311.
Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea will let you kick up your heels for the Super Bowl with about a dozen flat screen televisions with all of the action.
“Seating at the bar is done on a reservation basis for $25 per person, which guarantees you a seat for the whole day,” says Mike O’Dwyer, owner. “Otherwise, there is no charge for any other seats in the restaurant. But we only take reservations for six or more in a party. Groups under six are first-come, first served.”
Pints of dark and velvety Guinness or light and crisp Harps will quench your thirst and the special menu includes Harp-battered fish and chips along with Ragin’ Cajun fish tacos and bowls of chili.
“We’ll also have jumbo chicken wings, prime rib while it lasts, chicken-fried steak, spinach and artichoke dip, Caesar salads, potato tacos, Burger on the Blue, blackened mahimahi and chips, homemade brown bread and onions rings.”
For more details, call Mulligans on the Blue at 874-1131.
For decades, Takamiya Market has been pegged the “little giant of Happy Valley” in Wailuku for its impressive array of foods and beverages jam-packed into an intimate mom-and-pop shop.
It will be open for sports fans from 7 to 11 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday and employees will be grilling free hamburger sliders from its famous housemade beef mix for those who make purchases.
“We sell Korean kalbi ribs, teri beef and chicken for grilling, too,” says food prep chef Paula Namahoe.
You’ll also find sashimi, hot pupu, ahi and tako poke, sushi, potato and macaroni salad, desserts, cold beer and much more.
Some sashimi platters and tako and ahi poke platters will be available on game day. For bigger party orders, call by Friday. The regular hours for Takamiya Market are 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Takamiya’s kitchen facility is acclaimed and award-winning, Dani’s Catering. You can order combo platters such as chicken, maki sushi, teriyaki and won tons and much more from there.
Call Takamiya Market at 244-3404 or Dani’s Catering at 242-6652.
Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia will do Super Bowl specials along with its popular pizzas, burgers and other pub grub as you watch the gridiron action on the large, 20-foot screen or on one of four flat screens in the bar area.
The Sunday Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar will flow and you may garnish the drinks with all manner of hot sauces and pickled and fresh vegetables.
“Super Bowl specials will include nachos with our slow-smoked pulled pork, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, melted cheese, sour cream and salsa,” says Managing Partner Jonathan Herman.
“We’ll also offer a chicken kebab plate with onions, marinated mushrooms, bell pepper and zucchini served with fries; and a kebab plate with mushrooms slow marinated in garlic, white wine, olive oil, fresh parsley and fresh basil. Grilled to juicy perfection, it’s served with fries, too.”
For more details, call 579-8085.
With locations at 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, 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 (which are 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 West Maui gourmet Super Bowl party needs. The retail store at Emerald Plaza in Lahaina features fine wines and gourmet seafood, cheeses, meats, olives and crackers.
Talk about steaks on the barbie. Maui Prime boasts prime cuts of the best meats available and a wide variety of fresh oysters, lobster and crab.
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.