Side Orders • June 5, 2014

RISE AND SHINE . . . Hitting the ground running with all things “breakfast” is the new Fabiani’s Wailea in the Wailea Gateway plaza.

“Lorenzo Fabiani fills the niche for a reasonably priced breakfast hangout in Wailea,” says restaurant partner Mike O’Dwyer, who also owns Mulligans on the Blue. “The most popular breakfast item to date is the Italian loco moco: a spin on a very local favorite with risotto, sauce Bolognese and eggs with toasted focaccia.”

You’ll also find fabulous housemade bakery items, Greek and Italian frittatas, local fruit bowls, and eggplant parmesan Benedict. And, word has it that breakfast will begin this month at the start of the World Cup soccer on TV at busy Fabiani’s Kihei off Lipoa Street.

In Honokowai near Times Supermarket, Slappy Cakes is celebrating its first anniversary this week.

“We are offering a 25-percent kamaaina discount through Saturday,” says Ali Isabelle, family partner. “We want to say a special ‘thanks’ to all of the locals who have helped us get through our first year. The community support has just been overwhelming.”

Founded in Portland, Slappy Cakes is a fun, full-service breakfast restaurant where you pour your own batter at table or let the staff do it for you.

Slappy Cakes has been featured on The Cooking Channel, Rachael Ray and Women’s Day Magazine, and was awarded the title of “America’s Best” by Food Network’s Alton Brown as one of America’s top 10 destinations.

Summer is here, and IHOP at Maui Mall is celebrating the season with three new fluffy signature pancakes, each one paired with fruit favorites. Choices are strawberry-banana cream pie; raspberry-peach; and blueberry-cannoli cream, a morning version of Italy’s dessert.

In addition, IHOP will host its renovation celebration on June 14. Laki Kaahumanu will do a Hawaiian blessing at 11 a.m., and music by Na Hoku winners Benny Uyetake, ukulele master Sheldon Brown and slack key master Kevin Brown will be played until 1 p.m.

“Best New Restaurant” winner in our newspaper’s last readers poll, Koa’s Seaside Grill, which literally hangs over the ocean on Front Street in Lahaina, continues to please for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Opened by Maui restaurateurs Lucy and Jerry Corson of Gazebo, the hugely popular oceanfront breakfast spot in Napili. Koa’s dishes up a “breakfast with an ocean view.” Sip eye-opener cocktails; and savor Denver and seafood omelets; lilikoi and local goat cheese pancakes; loco moco; seared ahi Benedict; and biscuits and gravy.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . Hungry for Hawaiian fare? A free laulau meal will be served in shifts, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Sunday at the historic, octagonal Holy Ghost Mission in Kula. There will also be an auction, games, baked goods and more.

Saddle on up to Maui Upcountry Ag & 4H Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oskie Rice Arena in Makawao.

“This is the first time that we’ll have food trucks,” says Jo-Anne Aiwohi, event chair. “It’s really exciting. There will be fun for the whole family besides the food, including horseback rides, a petting zoo, jackpot roping and a great lineup of entertainment. “

Dig into Uncle Norman and Phil Kekona’s ono pork and peas, Kalia Rae’s killer hamburger steak plate and JP’s nachos, along with ahi wraps, tacos, huli huli chicken, steak and rice plates, pasteles, lumpias, chow fun, shrimp tamales, pulled pork or fish sandwiches, kalbi ribs and much more, says Aiwohi.

Desserts will be ice cream sundaes, soda floats, kettle corn, deep-fried Twinkies, Donut Lady’s delights, funnel cakes and cotton candy. “Are these not great reasons to come to the fair?” she asks.

Taste of Wailea on Saturday is sold out. Tickets are still available for Taste of Chocolate on Friday at Four Seasons. Cost is $125 now and at the door.

Wailea Wine will team with Spago at Four Seasons Resort Maui for a special wine dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Chef de Cuisine Cameron Lewark will create a six-course tasting menu paired with wines from Peter Michael for a cost of $225, plus tax and tip.