SOUTH SIDE FUN . . . Celebrating its company's 20th anniversary from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday will be Tommy Bahama in The Shops at Wailea with live music and food specials.
The celebration menu includes selections from the first Tommy Bahama in Naples, Fla.,with original classics such as Key West conch fritters, Boca Chica chicken, and gooey Barbados brownies with vanilla-bean ice cream, chocolate ganache and scratch caramel sauce.
"We'll also offer this special menu throughout the whole weekend," says General Manager Carol Suckow. "And, we will package the brownies as giveaways to retail customers in the store."
Owner Steve Warsh of the new Rita’s fish and steak house in Kihei offers lobster every which way from bisque to mac ‘n’ cheese.
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The new Rita's is sizzling in the old Lulu's location in the tree tops at Kihei Kalama Village with lunch and dinner and weekend brunches. You'll find new floors, thatched-roof ceilings, a refinished bar and fun murals along with prime steaks, lots of lobster and more.
Managing partner Steve Warsh was a pool and landscape contractor in Las Vegas, and he also ran about 10 restaurants prior to that. We loved the lobster bisque, thickly-cut prime rib, and shrimp in shell with remoulade.
"We fly in live lobsters from Portland, Maine; cut our own prime meats; make our own mayonnaise and dressings, and toss salads tableside," says Warsh. "We also have our liquor license."
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"We're excited to have some new neighbors and we look forward to Rita's bringing an upscale air to Kihei Kalama Village," says Christopher Cody, chef partner at Three's Bar & Grill.
Meanwhile, Cody and his compadres are offering Quick Start breakfasts for $4.99 with two eggs, toast and choice of meat; and a beer and a burger for $10.
"Three's Bar & Grill will also cater the pre-show dinner in the courtyard for comedian Brian Regan on Saturday," says Barbara Trecker, director of marketing for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, where the show will be held. Three's will do savory Japan cakes, hoisin and ground turkey lettuce wraps, and ocean salad with Haiku organic greens, feta cheese and Maui vegetables.
Kihei Third Friday Town Party will be jumping this week with a large food court, tons of food trucks and Azeka Shopping Center restaurants. The new Serino's Kihei will be enticing diners, as will Ziriguidun's Brazilian fare and Fiji Indian Food.
Right in the thick of it all, Stella Blues Cafe will offer its new summer promotions.
"Friday and Saturday nights, we have a prime rib special for $22," says partner Cindy Eiting. "It's 10-ounce prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, creamy horseradish and au jus, and Caesar salad. Also, kids under 9 years of age may eat free from the kids menu with the purchase of an adult entree." Call Stella Blues at 874-3779.
Chez Meme Baguette Bistro in Kihei is brewing interest with its new cappuccino machine and country fare such as brioche French toast and baguette sandwiches with bread baked by The Bakery in Lahaina.
'Ulalena will expand to Makena starting Sunday with the opening of the LU'AU at Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Menu highlights will be ahi poke in ti-leaf boat, mahimahi laulau, and pineapple upside-down cake.
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BITS AND PIECES . . . With its grand opening just behind it, Kahului's all-vegetarian Down to Earth store is impressing customers with its new noodle bar, in which you choose from six fresh pastas, pick your own proteins and veggies, fill up a bowl, take it to the deli and tell them which sauce you want, and they cook it to order in a hot wok, and, I must say, it's really yummy.
Sauces include Indonesian peanut, black-bean garlic, sesame-ginger teriyaki, Thai-lemongrass-coconut curry, and Mongolian madness - and all come with garnishes, from fresh cilantro to chopped peanuts.
Bamboo Grille opened in the old Nazo's in Wailuku on Tuesday with Ryan's sizzling steaks, chicken katsu, roast pork and more. Chef-owner is Norm Williams, who ran Norm's and Fran's.
Chef-owner Paris Nabavi of Cilantro Mexican Grill in Lahaina and Pizza Paradiso in Honokowai will present his next Persian Cooking Class at his Kaanapali home on Friday as a benefit to Maui Food Bank. You eat what you learn. Beer and wine are included. The next class is Aug. 31. Visit www.chefnabavi.com.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa's beloved General Manager Michael Jokovich is "bittersweet and sad" to leave Maui to head to the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco with "area responsibilities." Tony Bennett may not agree, but "Home is where the heart is, and my heart will always be here on Maui," says Jokovich.