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Phat vs Food Season Finale: Tiki Tiki Thai

Thai cuisine has always been a favorite of mine and my favorite restaurant on Maui for Thai used to be Bangkok Cuisine in Kahului. Bangkok Cuisine was an authentic family run small business. The food dishes were stellar and it’s owner was an absolute delight and he always remembered who we were and what we ordered, so it came as …

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Phat vs Food: Oritsu Ramen

Maui Mall is not necessarily a place you go for quality cuisine. You go for the convenience of location. There are times when visiting a venue such as this you can be pleasantly surprised how good and how much care goes into a family owned food establishment. This is NOT one of those times. Oritsu Ramen is an overhaul of …

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Cold Turkey For Thanksgiving?

Don’t be late in thawing your turkey, here are some tips for you to be on time this year. There are methods for safely thawing a frozen turkey, but the safest and most foolproof is in the refrigerator. To thaw in the refrigerator, you need to allow approximately 24 hours for every four to five pounds of bird weight. Place …

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Hana Ranch Opens Hana Ranch Provisions Restaurant

Hāna Ranch has opened Hāna Ranch Provisions, its first restaurant on the island of Maui in Pā‘ia, Hawaii. The restaurant features cooking from scratch inspired by and primarily sourced from Hāna Ranch’s 12-acre certified organic farm and ranch located in Hāna, East Maui, as well as a to-go counter where patrons can purchase breakfast, pastries and fresh produce from the …

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Filipino Cuisine here on Maui!

With the Philippines most popular food chain soon to open here on Maui, here is the tale behind the history of the most anticipated restaurant called “Max’s Restaurants”. After World War II, Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford-educated teacher, befriended American troops stationed at Quezon City, Philippines. A few of the soldiers would come to his house for a drink or two. …

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Phat vs. Food: 808 on Main

Opening a new restaurant is quite a daunting task to undertake, from the food to decor, it requires a long checklist of items that need to be addressed (not to mention building a customer base). Competition drives the restaurant business and in order for most to succeed you can’t just be good, you have to be great. Which brings us …

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PHAT vs Food: Tante’s Island Cuisine

Sidled up against the Maui Seaside Hotel is an eatery that has gone through multiple owners and name changes over the years. The location now belongs to Tante’s Island Cuisine and owner, Urban Tante, is no stranger to owning a restaurant. He has been in the business over twenty five years. What had the “Big Phat Nation” really excited were …

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Phat vs. Food: Bamboo Grille Review

Many of you know and understand local cuisine and are aware that a plate lunch is unique to this section of the world. So my lunch partner and I, or as we like to call ourselves, “Phat vs. Food,” figured it was time to establish a few “Plate Lunch Standards” for our food reviews moving forward. It’s time for “Phat …

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PHAT vs FOOD: Juan’s Kitchen

Tara Lee, our resident food critic, is on vacation this week, so we here at MAUIWatch thought we would send out a couple of ‘mystery diners’ to keep the local eateries honest. Let’s just say these folks know food like no other. We decided to send them out for lunch at the Filipino eatery, ‘Juan’s Kitchen.’ The Filipino community is …

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