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Maui Maui Hawaiian BBQ in Santa Cruz

Rocky | Apr 5, 2006 10:24 PM

After reading a couple reviews of Maui Maui, my partner-in-crime and I decided to check it out. I ordered the Kalua Pork plate, and she ordered the fried Mahi Mahi. We decided to try some saimin with shrimp too. We noticed that of the four vegetarian items offered on the printed menu, all but one had been crossed off of the menu that hangs from the ceiling near the counter. Anyway, the Kalua pork comes with cabbage and the usual rice and macaroni salad. The pork was juicy and tender but the flavor was just a bit off. Almost like too much liquid smoke had been added to it. The macaroni salad was great, just like a plate-lunch place in Hawaii would make it. The rice was ok, a bit on the dry side. The Mahi Mahi was lightly breaded and tender, and the tartar sauce was tasty. The saimin wasn't what we expected. Instead of regular boiled shrimp in the broth, there were two breaded and fried shrimp floating on the top of the bowl. The shrimp were too tough to eat. The saimin noodles were good, just the right amount of chewy-ness. But the fried shrimp kind of turned us off. To answer someone's question on a previous post about this restaurant, there are no desserts. No haupia. Anyway, this restaurant certainly did not satisfy my Hawaiian plate lunch cravings. I was disappointed.

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