Restaurants & Bars 4

Maui Maui Hawaii BBQ in Santa Cruz

cliff bear | Mar 26, 200608:56 PM

Hi everyone

Just wanted to dash off a note about my trip to "Maui Maui Hawaii BBQ" this past Saturday afternoon before I forget.

I was in the area for groceries, and I was hungry, so I figured I'd check out the new hawaiian place I'd heard about from the chowhound boards. Mostly I was hopeful that the new place would serve Lau Lau, which Aloha Island Grille on the east side doesnt have (or at least, didnt have it when I was last there). To anyone who doesnt know what lau lau is, it is pork wrapped in taro leaves, and then the whole thing is wrapped in ti leaves and steamed.

When I went in, I had the same impression as the previous poster about the interior being a work-in-progress. However, as soon as I saw that they had Lau Lau on the menu, I didnt really care about what the place looked like. I will say that I am generally all about the food, and not really into ambiance.

My order of the Kalua pork and Lau Lau arrived pretty quickly in a styrefoam box. It also came with a scoop of macaroni salad and two scoops of rice

The lau lau, in my opinion was pretty perfect. It was cooked until it was creamy (I prefer this texture) and had been cooked enough so that the taro leaves had no bitter aftertaste. The pork inside was well seasoned as well. The kalua pork was also really good, being tasty and smoky, but not too much. It also was not overly soggy like how Ive had it at other places, and I really liked that. The mac salad was pretty standard, and the rice was regular white rice thats a bit sticky, which is what Im used to (I hate non-sticky white rice, like the kind that comes with Uncle Ben's brand).

Ive never had anything at L&L, so I cant compare Maui Maui to them, but I can say that out of all the places Ive been to in the San Francisco Bay Area (Da Kitchen in Mountain view and J and J Hawaiian BBQ in Cupertino) I really like Maui Maui's version of Lau Lau and Kalua Pork the best. Price-wise, I'd say Maui Maui is about the same as Aloha Island Grille and all other places Ive mentioned above.

Anyways, I hope business picks up for this place seeing as how it seems to be a horrid location thats been the demise of quite a few restaurants.

Thats all for now folks, I hope you find this helpful!

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