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Maui Hamburger Co. owner Lushanya Marquez (left) with daughter Taylor Marquez at their booth at Maui Brewers Festival recently. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • May 25, 2017

ON THE HORIZON. . . Drive along Kahului Harbor on Lower Beach Road and floral and feather garlands are everywhere at lei stands for grads. As summer nears, food trucks are proliferating, too, as it’s time to grab and go . . . to the beach. “We’ve had our Maui Hamburger Company trailer ...

Maui’s famous drummer Mick Fleetwood (at left) and singer songwriter Dave Mason celebrate the 71st birthday of Mason last week in Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi in Wailea. The old pals were “Feelin’ Alright.” CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • May 18, 2017

‘TIS THE SEASON . . . Now that many of us have imbibed in Maui Brewers Festival and our lust for beer has been more than quenched, it’s time to focus on other festivals coming up on Maui’s horizon as it heats up for summer. For starters, you may book a seat at the Maui Tastemakers ...

The Cupcake Ladies Catering Co.’s Pop-Up Shop will be at the former Tea Box in the Maui Mall in Kahului from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday with chocolate to vanilla to creamy caramel flavors and coffee, too. Cupcake Ladies photo

Side Orders • May 11, 2017

BITS AND PIECES . . . On Friday, the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will celebrate the grand opening of its signature restaurant, Mauka Makai. The party in north Kaanapali begins at 5:30 p.m. and features chef action stations, specialty cocktails, cold local beer and live music. Priced right ...

The Hibiscus Hua cocktail poured at Hula Grill Ka‘anapali will be featured on “The Booze Traveler, Best Bars, Tropical Episode” on Monday. says the restaurant  management team about the Travel Channel hit show. HULA GRILL photo

Side Orders • May 4, 2017

HOT AS A TAMALE . . . Right after I finished writing a Cinco de Mayo piece for the inside pages, a few stragglers contacted me to promote fun on this Mexican holiday that is more about eating and drinking than an obscure battle. But I don’t wanna taco ‘bout it anymore, because after ...

Choice Health Bar in Lahaina won “Best Healthy Fare” on Sunday at the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards. The owner is Emily Kunz (from left) with Astro Girl Amy Erickson, Kellie O’Rourke and May Lee. A satellite kiosk will be opening in Kaanapali. CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • April 27, 2017

JIN-GO-LO-BA! . . . Maui is at full tilt boogie these days with Carlos Santana and band returning to Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday among many other fun isle happenings. The MACC’s food and beverage Events Lawn opens at 4 p.m., so get into the conga line for Niihau lamb chili ...

“The Club” eggs Benedict is topped with smoked bacon, turkey, Canadian bacon and vine ripe tomatoes at Sarento’s on the Beach’s new Brunch Every Day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its oceanfront spot in Kihei. Photo courtesy Sarento’s on the Beach

Side Orders • April 20, 2017

RISE AND SHINE . . . Want to eat eggs Benedict at noon? No problem. Head to Keawakapu Beach and savor the new Brunch Every Day promotion at Sarento’s on the Beach restaurant. Sip $7 Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Screwdriver cocktails from 7 to 11 a.m. Breakfast selections include gluten-free ...

Bartender Ginny Block of Spanky’s Riptide won the recent fun cocktail contest at Down The Hatch in Lahaina. She is wearing her winning belt. The restaurant will present a scavenger hunt April 20.
* Photo courtesy Down the Hatch

Side Orders • April 13, 2017

ON THE HORIZON. . . Mark your calendars for the 25th annual East Maui Taro Festival that will take root Saturday, April 29 at the Hana Ballpark. Admission is free and it includes 20 food booths, a farmers market, arts and crafts, live music and hula halau performing. In addition, the Queen’s ...

Kimo’s assistant GM Jack Starr (left) and GM Chris Almeroth celebrate the Lahaina restaurant’s 40th anniversary recently. •  Photo courtesy Kimo’s

Side Orders • April 6, 2017

HOW’S YOUR ASPEN?. . . I hope it’s better than mine. In fact, my recent ski trip went downhill fast, even though I did exercise extreme caution. It’s just that I had a couple of slow, “Oh, No-O-O-O!” spills. Lucky I wore a helmet. But. . . Back on Maui, I’m sporting a knee brace ...

Da Vine Art baristas Kaze Garcia (left) and Gaia Golden toast to the new concept with a cuppa or two. The wine and coffee bar is across the street from Charley’s and will expand its hours soon. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • March 23, 2017

NEW FACE OF PAIA. . . While it still offers those great takeaway lunches as the Hana Picnic Lunch Co., the umbrella company recently moved to a bigger location in the north shore town. Called Paia Gelato, the company moved down the Hana Highway a few stores away from its original spot and ...

Santuzza and Adonis Kapsalis are the owners of the Greek Oven Maui targeted to open in Haiku next week. Photo courtesy Greek Oven Maui

Side Orders • March 16, 2017

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Restaurants keep budding in Haiku like bamboo in the rainforest. Next week, lovers of Mediterranean cuisine may feast at the new Greek Oven Maui in Haiku Aloha Aina Center. But it won’t be your typical Greek cuisine. It will dish up gluten-free breads and vegan ...

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Longhi’s with four-course menus for $40 that are a blast from the famous restaurant’s past. Photo courtesy Longhi’s

Side Orders • March 9, 2017

MUCH ADO ABOUT. . . Wailuku. The county seat boasts a brand new restaurant in the former Asian Star in the Millyard. Miko’s Cuisine held its soft opening Friday after it revamped the large space with new floors, walls of canary green and marine blue, fun art, cushy booths and restrooms ...

Beach Club’s Nathan Mau is general manager and chef at the Aston Kaanapali Shores. He will present a Kohola Brewery dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the oceanfront hideaway in West Maui.    
• CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • March 2, 2017

FLUID HAPPENINGS . . . The Hawaiian word, “kohola,” means “whale” and Lahaina’s Kohola Brewery is making a humpback-size splash with a variety of pilsners, ales and stouts. The Beach Club at Aston Kaanapali Shores will present the Kohola Brewery dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday ...

Grand Wailea Managing Director Tom Donovan (from left) celebrates Humuhumu’s grand reopening with Pardee Erdman of Ulupalakua Ranch and MauiWine and pal Paul Meyer. Grand Wailea photo

Side Orders • February 23, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . The who’s who of Maui poured into Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a at Grand Wailea recently to celebrate its grand reopening and rebranding as Humuhumu, dazzled by Chef de Cuisine Mike Lofaro’s new Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine menu and the renovation. The circular bar is now ...

Makawao is buzzing about the new Middle Eastern eatery called Habibi that opened Monday near the Rodeo General Store with the cuisine of Saudi Arabia. Come and savor it at Third Friday Town Party this week. Habibi photo

Side Orders • February 16, 2017

NEW UPCOUNTRY. . . A Middle Eastern fusion cafe opened on Monday in the courtyard between Rodeo General Store and Master Jewelers in the heart of paniolo land in Makawao. Habibi serves shawarma, falafels and different hashes with lamb, chicken, fish or spiced chick peas; and desserts of ...

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi (left) faces Maui’s own Sheldon Simeon on the set of Bravo channel’s famous food show that will air tonight. Sheldon will be one of four remaining cheftestants. • “Top Chef” photo

Side Orders • February 9, 2017

UP IN SMOKE. . . These smoldering words were not initially in the header that I wrote for this week’s Side Orders column the first time around. But my computer sparked, went black and I smelled smoke so now I’m “in the weeds,” so to speak, trying to put out last-minute fires by ...

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program’s second-year student Mya Carter serves an appetizer at the Leis Family Class Act, just named the No. 1 restaurant in Hawaii on Open Table.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • February 2, 2017

RISING TO THE TOP . . . I just wrote about the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program in Sunday’s paper. Then I got to work on Monday, and got a heads-up from the college that its Leis Family Class Act was just voted the No. 1 Best Overall Restaurant in Hawaii by ...

Plan ahead for the Super Bowl by ordering fresh ahi sashimi at TJ’s Warehouse in the Wailuku Industrial Area. Platters can come in 12-, 16- or 18-inch sizes and you may choose from ahi, salmon or a special option of fresh hamachi. TJ’s Warehouse photo

Side Orders • January 26, 2017

FOR FOOTBALL FANS . . .  I’m  gearing up for next week’s Scene, in which I’ll write about where to dine on Super Bowl Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons battle the New England Patriots. But many of us want to watch the game at home or at a friend’s house and that means advance planning ...

Dirty Monkey bartender Jessica McCool measures a shot of whiskey from the list of more than 200 brands at the new bar and restaurant with the only live music and dance floor license on Front Street in Lahaina. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • January 19, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . The Rooster is ready to flap its wings as the next Chinese New Year animal on Jan. 28. Eat authentic and auspicious foods at Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro on Central Avenue in Wailuku and Ichiban Restaurant on Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului and more. But you’ve still got time to ...

Longhi’s Wailea General Manager Michael Rose (left) has been with the company for a long time and lead daytime server Noel Ellis has made a few years at the popular restaurant. In the month of January, enjoy $40 dinners of four courses of famous ’70s fare at Longhi’s Wailea and the original Longhi’s Lahaina location. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • January 12, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . Several Maui  restaurants across the island support Grow Some Good through special dinner promos, where a portion of the proceeds go to fund school garden programs. Ongoing promotions are happening this month at DUO in the Four Seasons Resort Maui during its Friday Night ...

The family table is at the center of the new Wailea Kitchen & Tap and boasts 14 seats. The new eatery in the old Joe’s is fast becoming a hot spot for diners and sippers as well as tennis players as it’s above the Wailea Tennis Courts. Wailea Kitchen & Tap  photo

Side Orders • January 5, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . With prime rib, turkey and mashed potatoes all threatening to hang like saddlebags on our hips, it’s time to buck off the old with healthful resolutions in the New Year. “Diabetes, Pain and Cancer: Get Your Health Back in 10 Days” will be the talk by Terry Shintani, ...