Charley’s Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we hear the polite thing to do is to refrain from asking for anything blackened. Instead, opt for Charley’s famous ono eggs Benedict, served with a nice ladling of Hollandaise; and for lunch you may sink your teeth into burgers and such.
Everybody is still asking about the state of all of the Willie Nelson memorabilia scattered about the saloon. The gold and platinum albums melted (as shown in the picture at right).
“I asked Willie and he said he thought he could get more of the gold albums to hang on the walls,” says owner Jim Fuller. “We were able to save a lot of the pictures and Bigger Trigger (the 12-foot-tall replica of Willie’s guitar) only had superficial damage. So the artist will be able to fix it.”
Charley Woofer Saloon is targeted to reopen to much of its old glory the first of March.
New in Paia is Island Cuisine, at the other end of the town and across the street from Charley’s. All of the sauces come from original recipes and are made from scratch and you’ll find local Maui Cattle Co. beef and Upcountry produce, too.
“I try to use only local ingredients, because my mom has a farm here and we also buy from other local farmers,” says owner Kit Kalajakawan, who is originally from Thailand. “Of course, I use the local beef for loco moco and steak.”
Kit’s barbecue chicken plate has a Thai slant with peanut sauce, and he does Thai curry chicken with Thai lime leaf, oyster mushrooms, red bell peppers, eggplant and basil.
Another last-minute lovers’ tidbit that rolled in (also see the Valentine’s Day dining roundup starting on Page 26) is at Who Cut the Cheese Store in Kihei, which will run the Early Cupid Won’t Be Stupid Sale all day every day until Sunday.
“We have all of Cupid’s C-ssentials,” says owner Ann Tuomela. “Cheese, chocolate, champagne and caviar!” In addition WCTC will hold its monthly tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Stella Blues, this time with five beers and five cheeses.
Are you heading to the NFL?Pro Bowl on Oahu this Sunday? There will be plenty of local grinds to eat by the Centerplates culinary team.
Centerplates has under its belt 24 World Series games, nine U.S. Inaugural Balls, 20 Super Bowls and 14 World Cup Soccer games. Those watching the game at Aloha Stadium will find musubi, plate lunches of fried chicken and teriyaki beef, bento boxes served with rice noodle or Spam, Eisenburg half-pound all-beef hot dogs and for dessert, malasadas.
Speaking of desserts, ONO Gelato debuted at the MACC recently. “Have you tried it yet?” asks Food & Beverage Director Lisa Haole. “It is yummy.”
Also at the MACC Friday to Sunday for “The Music Man” will be Serpico’s — catering pizza, penne pasta, spinach salad and chicken Marsala. Serpico’s will also provide “cheap eats” for the outdoor Alpha Blondy reggae concert from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, offering pizza slices, hotdogs and pretzels. Maui Tacos will be there, too, with a barbecue chicken plate or bean, rice and cheese burritos and Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn will offer bags of Li-Hing Mui or Original.
Contact Carla Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Paula Murray of Charley’s Woofer Saloon in Paia is shown cleaning up after the December fire. The restaurant is now open for business. The saloon is targeted to reopen in March.