Cheap Eats: Maui Mike’s Chicken Will Make You Crow

Posted: November 21st, 2008 | Comments Off

The best food happens in the most unlikely of places. Take Maui Mike’s roast chicken, for example. I’ll drive all the way to the tiny central Oahu town of Wahiawa for no reason other than the promise of moist chicken and the best french fries in Hawaii.

What makes this place so ono is its simplicity: every item on the tiny menu is done up perfectly. You’ve got roast chicken with a choice of sides and six dipping sauces, plus two sandwiches—a barbeque bacon melt and a honey mustard and cheese—great for the dine-and-dash crowd from nearby Schofield Barracks. And there’s nothing over $10, and even a ten spot literally buys you the whole chicken.

I always take a number and sit down so I can eat with my hands. I can’t miss out on that skin, which is rubbed with spices and served perfectly—crisp but not too crisp. It’s so good I can’t stop myself from sucking on bones and licking my fingers in public.

Get the half or quarter chicken with fries and the Lava Hot and Honey Mustard dipping sauces (you get a choice of two with each order). Although the dipping sauces rock, the chicken is so moist you’ll probably forget to use it while you’re diving in.

Cooler still is the Maui Mike’s vibe. It’s a tiny place, always packed. They have only a few bench tables so you’ll most likely enjoy your lunch alongside perfect strangers. It’s chicken and Aloha. Who can complain?

Check out Maui Mike’s at 96 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa or visit www.mauimikes.com


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Cheap Eats: Maui Mike’s Chicken Will Make You Crow

Posted: November 21st, 2008 | Comments Off

The best food happens in the most unlikely of places. Take Maui Mike’s roast chicken, for example. I’ll drive all the way to the tiny central Oahu town of Wahiawa for no reason other than the promise of moist chicken and the best french fries in Hawaii.

What makes this place so ono is its simplicity: every item on the tiny menu is done up perfectly. You’ve got roast chicken with a choice of sides and six dipping sauces, plus two sandwiches—a barbeque bacon melt and a honey mustard and cheese—great for the dine-and-dash crowd from nearby Schofield Barracks. And there’s nothing over $10, and even a ten spot literally buys you the whole chicken.

I always take a number and sit down so I can eat with my hands. I can’t miss out on that skin, which is rubbed with spices and served perfectly—crisp but not too crisp. It’s so good I can’t stop myself from sucking on bones and licking my fingers in public.

Get the half or quarter chicken with fries and the Lava Hot and Honey Mustard dipping sauces (you get a choice of two with each order). Although the dipping sauces rock, the chicken is so moist you’ll probably forget to use it while you’re diving in.

Cooler still is the Maui Mike’s vibe. It’s a tiny place, always packed. They have only a few bench tables so you’ll most likely enjoy your lunch alongside perfect strangers. It’s chicken and Aloha. Who can complain?

Check out Maui Mike’s at 96 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa or visit www.mauimikes.com


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Cheap Eats: Maui Mike’s Chicken Will Make You Crow

Posted: November 21st, 2008 | Comments Off

The best food happens in the most unlikely of places. Take Maui Mike’s roast chicken, for example. I’ll drive all the way to the tiny central Oahu town of Wahiawa for no reason other than the promise of moist chicken and the best french fries in Hawaii.

What makes this place so ono is its simplicity: every item on the tiny menu is done up perfectly. You’ve got roast chicken with a choice of sides and six dipping sauces, plus two sandwiches—a barbeque bacon melt and a honey mustard and cheese—great for the dine-and-dash crowd from nearby Schofield Barracks. And there’s nothing over $10, and even a ten spot literally buys you the whole chicken.

I always take a number and sit down so I can eat with my hands. I can’t miss out on that skin, which is rubbed with spices and served perfectly—crisp but not too crisp. It’s so good I can’t stop myself from sucking on bones and licking my fingers in public.

Get the half or quarter chicken with fries and the Lava Hot and Honey Mustard dipping sauces (you get a choice of two with each order). Although the dipping sauces rock, the chicken is so moist you’ll probably forget to use it while you’re diving in.

Cooler still is the Maui Mike’s vibe. It’s a tiny place, always packed. They have only a few bench tables so you’ll most likely enjoy your lunch alongside perfect strangers. It’s chicken and Aloha. Who can complain?

Check out Maui Mike’s at 96 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa or visit www.mauimikes.com


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Local Restaurants Show Aloha at Honolulu Restaurant Week

Posted: November 18th, 2008 | Comments Off

I dare you to eat out every night this week. Why? Because forty area restaurants are offering specials and discounts to celebrate Honolulu’s inaugural Restaurant Week, that’s why.

And there’s a lot to choose from, simple to elegant. Alan Wong’s has a five-course sampling menu. Maui Tacos is giving a break on its fajita combo. And the Side Street Inn is running a locally-brewed special on Mehana, Keoki and Maui beers.

Best, all this gluttony is for a good cause (like you need an excuse!). Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. All the restaurants, from Zippy’s to Alan Wongs are donating part of the week’s proceeds for programs at the school.

So give your kitchen a break this week. C’mon. It’s for the kids.

You can find information, participating locations and the rest of the goods at www.restaurantweekhawaii.com


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Local Restaurants Show Aloha at Honolulu Restaurant Week

Posted: November 18th, 2008 | Comments Off

I dare you to eat out every night this week. Why? Because forty area restaurants are offering specials and discounts to celebrate Honolulu’s inaugural Restaurant Week, that’s why.

And there’s a lot to choose from, simple to elegant. Alan Wong’s has a five-course sampling menu. Maui Tacos is giving a break on its fajita combo. And the Side Street Inn is running a locally-brewed special on Mehana, Keoki and Maui beers.

Best, all this gluttony is for a good cause (like you need an excuse!). Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. All the restaurants, from Zippy’s to Alan Wongs are donating part of the week’s proceeds for programs at the school.

So give your kitchen a break this week. C’mon. It’s for the kids.

You can find information, participating locations and the rest of the goods at www.restaurantweekhawaii.com


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Local Restaurants Show Aloha at Honolulu Restaurant Week

Posted: November 18th, 2008 | Comments Off

I dare you to eat out every night this week. Why? Because forty area restaurants are offering specials and discounts to celebrate Honolulu’s inaugural Restaurant Week, that’s why.

And there’s a lot to choose from, simple to elegant. Alan Wong’s has a five-course sampling menu. Maui Tacos is giving a break on its fajita combo. And the Side Street Inn is running a locally-brewed special on Mehana, Keoki and Maui beers.

Best, all this gluttony is for a good cause (like you need an excuse!). Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. All the restaurants, from Zippy’s to Alan Wongs are donating part of the week’s proceeds for programs at the school.

So give your kitchen a break this week. C’mon. It’s for the kids.

You can find information, participating locations and the rest of the goods at www.restaurantweekhawaii.com


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Local Restaurants Show Aloha at Honolulu Restaurant Week

Posted: November 18th, 2008 | Comments Off

I dare you to eat out every night this week. Why? Because forty area restaurants are offering specials and discounts to celebrate Honolulu’s inaugural Restaurant Week, that’s why.

And there’s a lot to choose from, simple to elegant. Alan Wong’s has a five-course sampling menu. Maui Tacos is giving a break on its fajita combo. And the Side Street Inn is running a locally-brewed special on Mehana, Keoki and Maui beers.

Best, all this gluttony is for a good cause (like you need an excuse!). Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. All the restaurants, from Zippy’s to Alan Wongs are donating part of the week’s proceeds for programs at the school.

So give your kitchen a break this week. C’mon. It’s for the kids.

You can find information, participating locations and the rest of the goods at www.restaurantweekhawaii.com


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Oahu’s Hip Cup of Joe: Glazer’s Coffee, Moili’ili

Posted: November 5th, 2008 | Comments Off

Glazer’s Coffee Shop is one of those places where cool people congregate and just chill a while. When I walked in, every single table sported an open laptop, sometimes two—Battleship-style—partaking of the free wi-fi. I say, if you want to be a popular java stop, you better have free wi-fi. And being right near U of H doesn’t hurt either.

The roast, which the barista said was from a company called Midnight Blues Espresso, was nice and smooth. She assured me the coffee was locally roasted, but I didn’t recognize the brand. Whatever the roast, it was a perfectly smooth antidote to the over-roasted, burned flavors you get from some chain coffeehouses (that shall remain nameless). The menu was simple, just your straight coffees and espressos, and a modest selection of baked goods. The iced coffee I ordered was so good, it was only five seconds before I’d finished it, and the sugar cookie with frosting suffered the same fate.

But what really sells Glazers is that it’s a really swanky place to see and be seen. Art by a local artist and a funky photo collage hang on the brightly painted walls. There are a LOT of college-types everywhere. In fact, an oldish guy reading about L. Ron Hubbard was the only non-coed in the place, identifiable by his lack of hardbound textbooks and/or earnest conversations about philosophy. I say: viva la college hangout!

Photo: JPhilipson

Glazers is open 7 days a week, and is located at 2700 King St., Honolulu
Visit their website at www.glazerscoffee.com


Glazer’s Coffee’s Photostream


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Oahu’s Hip Cup of Joe: Glazer’s Coffee, Moili’ili

Posted: November 5th, 2008 | Comments Off

Glazer’s Coffee Shop is one of those places where cool people congregate and just chill a while. When I walked in, every single table sported an open laptop, sometimes two—Battleship-style—partaking of the free wi-fi. I say, if you want to be a popular java stop, you better have free wi-fi. And being right near U of H doesn’t hurt either.

The roast, which the barista said was from a company called Midnight Blues Espresso, was nice and smooth. She assured me the coffee was locally roasted, but I didn’t recognize the brand. Whatever the roast, it was a perfectly smooth antidote to the over-roasted, burned flavors you get from some chain coffeehouses (that shall remain nameless). The menu was simple, just your straight coffees and espressos, and a modest selection of baked goods. The iced coffee I ordered was so good, it was only five seconds before I’d finished it, and the sugar cookie with frosting suffered the same fate.

But what really sells Glazers is that it’s a really swanky place to see and be seen. Art by a local artist and a funky photo collage hang on the brightly painted walls. There are a LOT of college-types everywhere. In fact, an oldish guy reading about L. Ron Hubbard was the only non-coed in the place, identifiable by his lack of hardbound textbooks and/or earnest conversations about philosophy. I say: viva la college hangout!

Photo: JPhilipson

Glazers is open 7 days a week, and is located at 2700 King St., Honolulu
Visit their website at www.glazerscoffee.com


Glazer’s Coffee’s Photostream


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Oahu’s Hip Cup of Joe: Glazer’s Coffee, Moili’ili

Posted: November 5th, 2008 | Comments Off

Glazer’s Coffee Shop is one of those places where cool people congregate and just chill a while. When I walked in, every single table sported an open laptop, sometimes two—Battleship-style—partaking of the free wi-fi. I say, if you want to be a popular java stop, you better have free wi-fi. And being right near U of H doesn’t hurt either.

The roast, which the barista said was from a company called Midnight Blues Espresso, was nice and smooth. She assured me the coffee was locally roasted, but I didn’t recognize the brand. Whatever the roast, it was a perfectly smooth antidote to the over-roasted, burned flavors you get from some chain coffeehouses (that shall remain nameless). The menu was simple, just your straight coffees and espressos, and a modest selection of baked goods. The iced coffee I ordered was so good, it was only five seconds before I’d finished it, and the sugar cookie with frosting suffered the same fate.

But what really sells Glazers is that it’s a really swanky place to see and be seen. Art by a local artist and a funky photo collage hang on the brightly painted walls. There are a LOT of college-types everywhere. In fact, an oldish guy reading about L. Ron Hubbard was the only non-coed in the place, identifiable by his lack of hardbound textbooks and/or earnest conversations about philosophy. I say: viva la college hangout!

Photo: JPhilipson

Glazers is open 7 days a week, and is located at 2700 King St., Honolulu
Visit their website at www.glazerscoffee.com


Glazer’s Coffee’s Photostream


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