LET'S BONE UP Those of you who are caught without Thanksgiving Day dining reservations should relax. This is Maui and we work on Maui time. Here are some last-minute suggestions and everyone, please have a happy and safe holiday.
Want to enjoy expansive, bicoastal views along with an all-you-can- eat feast? The King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu will present its annual affair today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Waikapu Ballroom with seasonal salads and fresh seafood and sushi. You may also enjoy prime rib, roast turkey, grilled fresh catch with tropical fruit salsa and assorted pies and cakes.
Maui Tropical Plantation nearby in Waikapu will also dish up sweeping views, but of the West Maui Mountains set behind the large lagoon at its Thanksgiving buffet today from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Los Pelones celebrated its grand opening recently in the Lahaina Cannery Mall. Owner Steve Austin was at the party with his wife, Ashlan, and their daughter, Daisy Rain. The name means “bald guys” in Spanish and it refers to Steve and his Dad.
Highlights are cornbread stuffing, sweet potato souffle, pohole fern salad, tomato Florentine, and seafood bisque. These are all in addition to oven-roasted turkey and pineapple-glazed ham.
At centrally located Maalaea Harbor, landmark Buzz's Wharf will serve a special Thanksgiving menu all the way from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Choose between stuffed turkey breast or herb-crusted prime rib. Both will be served with steamed veggies, candied yams and steamed rice or garlic mashed potatoes. Pumpkin pie tops it off.
Little Aroma d'Italia in Kihei will present its first Turkey Day function today with a three-course traditional meal for $25.95. Pasta will also be available and Chef Konrad Winder sure knows how to cook it.
We hear Chez Paul in Olowalu will be open at 10:30 a.m. today with its regular authentic Frenatmenu along with Thanksgiving specials.
Nick's Fish Market in Wailea will open at 4 p.m. today for diners hungering for its gourmet fare of everything from abalone to tiger- eye sushi. It will also serve a plate with slow-roasted fresh turkey, house-made Italian sausage stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, baby green beans, local carrots and li hing mui cranberry sauce. Its sister restaurant, Son'z at Swan Court in Kaanapali, will do a similar plate and you may add a dessert of pumpkin pie with white balsamic caramel creme Anglaise.
Merriman's Kapalua will give you a lot to be thankful for with its incredible ocean and island views from its perch on the tip of a black-lava peninsula. A four-course prix-fixe holiday meal will be served from 3 to 8 p.m. today and the first course is Kula sweet corn, Keahole clam and Anuhea asparagus chowder. Salad choices vary from ahi carpaccio to artisan duck confit.
For the entree, choose from the vegetarian Kula sweet corn pancakes with sauteed Hamakua mushrooms, Kapalua Farms yellow squash and tarragon-scented corn jus; or plates of grilled mahi; Maui Cattle Co. beef; rack of lamb; or roast heritage turkey. Hawaiian molten chocolate cake will be a dream come true.
In Wailea, Mulligan's on the Blue features a spacious dining room with plenty of lanai seating for its prix-fixe feast. Begin with autumn salad of Kula greens with blue cheese, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts and cranberry vinaigrette; or pumpkin soup. Then choose from tom turkey with all the trimmings or corned beef and cabbage; and pumpkin or apple pie.
Last but not least, Maalaea Waterfront will get you into the Thanksgiving groove with its fun menu. Begin with cream of tomato- basil-and-cinnamon soup, followed by fresh Kula greens with pumpkin- seed dressing, roasted tom turkey, Chef Bob Cambra's special stuffing, Pilgrim whipped potatoes, Plymouth Rock sweet potatoes, orange and cranberry relish, succulent sweet peas, Pocahontas corn bread and pumpkin cheesecake with Jack Daniels caramel sauce. The first plate is on you. Second helpings are on the Waterfront.
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