Side Orders

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, ...

Plantation House morning manager Andreas Berry (from left) Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez, and chefs Gemsley Balagso and Sonny Balisco gear up to cook foods for tournament pass holders Jan. 5 to 8 daytime and for the public each night of the popular pro golf championship. 
Plantation House photo

Side Orders • December 29, 2016

KAPALUA TEES OFF . . . What can possibly top all of the New Year’s Eve bashes on Maui? The annual Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, of course, in which pro golfers and celebrities alike descend on Maui to compete. But fans and participants get hungry on the links when it tees off from ...

Chef restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi (from left) with Sunstone Hotel Investors COO Marc Hoffman and restaurant partner Shep Gordon at the new Humble Market Kitchin that opened Monday to the public at the newly named and renovated Wailea Beach Resort. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • December 22, 2016

TRANSFORMED . . .  On Saturday, I saw the results of a $100 million renovation  at the former Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa by owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. Now called Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott Maui, the stunning hotel property boasts 547 redesigned rooms and suites, ...

Freshly shucked Pacific oysters topped with uni, or sea urchin, shiso and Hawaiian chili pepper water will be among festive pupu at Bubbles and Bites at The Banyan Tree in The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from 5:30 to 7 Wednesday evening. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua photo

Side Orders • December 15, 2016

HOLIDAY CHEER . . . On Monday, a gingerbread village lighting reception with caroling by the Sacred Hearts School Choir will get the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali jumping. The lighting and the caroling will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. The Gingerbread Village will remain ...

The Shearwater Tavern will open in the former Stella Blues this month  with posole beer braised oxtail poutine, a take on the wildly popular Canadian dish.  The beer lineup will change on a regular basis as in other gastropubs. DK Restaurant Group photo

Side Orders • December 8, 2016

NEW IN SOUTH MAUI . . . Not one, but two, new restaurants are opening in South Maui. This is much better news than how I started off my column last week with two closing in Lahaina. This month, Shearwater Tavern will open in part of the old Stella Blues location at Azeka Mauka in Kihei ...

Lahaina Coolers General Manager Sean Stover is a bartender as well as a cook at the  popular restaurant. Stover will prepare a feast Friday for a wine tasting dinner of three courses that will be tasty and moderately priced, too. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • December 1, 2016

IN WEST MAUI . . . Uncorking its next monthly wine tasting dinner on Friday will be Lahaina Coolers. For starters, sip Matanzas Creek sauvignon blanc and savor pistachio-pumpkin soup. The next course is Cambria chardonnay of Sonoma paired with butternut squash and goat cheese tartines; ...

Cafe del Vino at Maalaea Harbor will dish up classic entrees such as half Kona lobster waterzooi in curry cream sauce as a sunset special when it reopens after a needed Thanksgiving Day off for the staff. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 24, 2016

TANKS, EH?. . . Still need last-minute reservations for Thanksgiving Day dining  and beyond? At the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu, brunch will be swinging famously with Willie K as the headliner on stage with popular Maui blues artist Gretchen Rhodes accompanying him and Kathy ...

Olympian Carl Lewis was host of the Life is Sweet benefit for Best Buddies Hawaii at The Shops at Wailea on Saturday. He hugs Nicholas Sanabria, a Best Buddy who once again was on the Fairmont Kea Lani team that won first place for its dessert. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 17, 2016

SWEET AS PIE . . . There were two, well, actually three, stars of the show at the Life is Sweet benefit for Best Buddies Hawaii on Saturday in the central mall part of The Shops at Wailea. Winning the No. 1 dessert was four-time repeat champ and Fairmont Kea Lani Pastry Chef Ricky DeBoer with ...

Olympian Carl Lewis will be host and a judge of Life is Sweet benefit for Best Buddies Hawaii on Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. Bring your appetites and thirst as there will be lots of food and fine wines. Photo courtesy Best Buddies Hawaii

Side Orders • November 10, 2016

ACTION PACKED . . . Do you adore chocolate? How about cheesecake? Then run to the Life is Sweet fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. But you won’t be able to run there as fast as my fellow dessert contest judge and host Carl Lewis, who won ...

Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar has debuted at the new Pint & Cork in The Shops at Wailea and will run weekends. Watch the game on a number of TVs and eat from shrimp ‘n’ grits to pork adobo loco on the weekend brunch menu. 
Pint & Cork photo

Side Orders • November 3, 2016

BLOODY MARY MORNINGS . . . A prolific writer who penned over 2,000  songs, Willie Nelson wrote about a Bloody Mary morning as his baby left him without warning sometime in the night. I think even Willie would approve of the burgeoning  Bloody Mary bars on Maui. Montage Kapalua Bay serves ...

Hui No Ke Ola Pono Chef Cinda Hu‘eu and Manager Alena Ornellas at the just reopened Simply Healthy Cafe in Wailuku.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • October 27, 2016

NEW AND EXCITING . . . The old  Aroma D’ Italia location in the Kihei Town Center has a “coming soon” sign hanging outside for the Big Island Indian restaurant Kamana Kitchen. (Not to be confused with the signature Ka‘ana Kitchen at Andaz Maui at Wailea, voted the Top Resort in Hawaii ...

Adele Rugg and Tim Lauer toast to the Chaine des Rotisseurs at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s ocean lawn recently.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • October 20, 2016

FESTIVAL TIME . . .The third annual Made in Maui County Festival will be planting its roots once again outdoors at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with more than 140  local vendors selling food, produce, art, fashion items and gifts. Friday, Nov. 4, is the Shoppers Preview Day ...

Ben Marquez of Ka‘ana Kitchen at Andaz Maui won the professional chef category at the Maui Fair Chili Cook Off.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • October 13, 2016

SOME LIKE IT HOT . . . The 12th annual Maui Fire Department Chili Cook Off fundraiser for Shriners Hospital for Children at Maui Fair on Sunday was a hoot with emcees Trance Echevary and Mackie Mac of Jam 98.3 FM asking silly questions like “what do beans taste like?” and “what kine hot ...

Bernard Weber, chef-owner of Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului, hoists a stein of icy cold draught beer for his 18th annual Oktoberfest that he’ll present each week on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month. 

Side Orders • October 6, 2016

OOM-PAH-PAH . . . Last week, this column toasted to the famous autumn fest that involves merrymaking and drinking frothy beer. The Oktoberfest fun continues Fridays and Saturdays through the month at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in the Kahului Industrial Area. “Authentic ...