Friday, February 17, 2012
Duke's on Sunday
Duke's Beach House, this is a restaurant chain named after Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) He was a Hawaiian swimmer, actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming.
The restaurants have spread out over three differenet islands and there are even two on the mainland. The one on Maui sits in a perfect spot on the beach at the Honua Kai Resort on Ka'anapali Beach.
When we first arrived at the restaurant I thought this was a great spot and it was. The only problem is the food was not great. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, just not great. Not what I expected for the location and the price. They touted a macaroni and cheese dish as being world famous and it may be, but I doubt it's famous for being the best mac and cheese. It was pretty much a bland tasting dish with extremely over cooked noodles. The rest of our food was also just OK. It wasn't bad but it wasn't something you would want to write home about either. I might mention the service was impecabble which helped make up for the food.
If you're looking for a place to sit and have a cocktail around sundown and watch the people and the beach then Duke's on Maui is a great place to be. If you are wanting excellent food I would suggest several other places including Kimo's in Lahaina.