Quick Bites: Fourth of July, BLT Steak, L&L
BY MICHELLE RAMOS / email@example.com
Fourth of July: Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year, and it’s coming up fast. There are alternatives to consider to Ala Moana Center and its crowds; here are a few:
» Polynesian Cultural Center is starting its celebration early. Beginning Thursday and running through July 4, the Hukilau Marketplace will have free movies at 8 p.m. on the lawn every night, a talent show at 5 p.m. July 3, barbecue cook-off contest from noon to 6 p.m. July 4, and hot dog and watermelon eating contest for children ($5 entry fee) and adults ($10 entry fee) beginning at 5 p.m. July 4. For information, go to www.hukilaumarketplace.com or call 293-3333.
» Bring your own food for a picnic on the pier at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, 6 p.m. July 4. The night features a raffle, limited tours of the Mighty Mo, entertainment by Chris Salvador and fireworks at 9:05 p.m. If you forget your picnic basket, no worries: Gordon Biersch will have a selection of food and craft beers to purchase. Note: No glass bottles or grills will be permitted.
Pre-sale tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12. (At the door: $15, $10.) Limited amount of reserved tables are available (pre-sale only) for $150, which includes admission for eight and “Mighty Mo swag”; and $500, which includes a table on the Fantail, private viewing of the fireworks and a dinner buffet.
Complimentary round-trip shuttle service will be available from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for those without base access. Go to www.ussmissouri.org/picnic.
» Longhi’s in Ala Moana Center is offering a set menu from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and a chance to watch an unobstructed view of Ala Moana Center’s annual fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. The four-course meal includes ahi tartare; lobster bisque; a choice of filet mignon, firecracker prawns or chicken saltimbocca; and a chocolate mousse bomb. Cost: $88 ($98 for people dining adjacent to the open-air windows). To reserve, call 947-9899.
» The Star of Honolulu will give guests a view of the fireworks from the sea. Packages start at $148. For information call 983-7827 or go to www.starofhonolulu.com.
Local oysters available: BLT Steak Hawaii has an exclusive crop of Pacific and Kumamoto oysters from Kualoa Ranch available at its eatery. The mollusks are available for $22 for six or $42 for a dozen. Try them with chef Johan Svensson’s recommendation: topping them with Chipotle Tabasco.
Win a year’s worth of plate lunches: Goodwill Hawaii and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue inside the Walmart on Keeaumoku Street are back with an annual 76-cent plate lunch, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday — only at this location. In honor of the eatery’s 10th anniversary, customers can get a kalua pork with cabbage, chicken katsu or hamburger steak plate for 76 cents. Pepsi fountain drinks will cost 10 cents, and a four-pack of King’s Hawaiian rolls will cost 25 cents.
Customers in line before 9 a.m. will have a chance to win one plate lunch ($10 or less) a week for 52 consecutive weeks. Contestants must enter in person and be present during the drawing to win. For more, call 951-9888 or go to www.hawaiianbarbecue.com.
Kahala offers culinary experiences: In celebration of summer and the travelers this time of year brings, Kahala Hotel & Resort’s Plumeria Beach House will be open nightly for dinner from July 12 to Aug. 15.
The eatery’s next event is the “Feast of the Full Moon,” 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Cost: $50.
The Beach House will also be holding “Port of Call” buffets on Friday and Saturday nights. The next “Port of Call” features barbecue July 3-4, followed by Japan Port of Call, July 10-11; Clam Bake Port of Call, July 17-18; and Spain Port of Call, July 31-Aug. 1. Cost is $55 adults, $27.50 children ages 6-12. Eating begins at 5:30 and concludes at 9:30 p.m.
At The Veranda, enjoy “Friday Night Flights: New York” from 6 to 9 p.m. July 3, to discover four wines paired with tastes. Cost is $50.
Finally, Seaside Grill will hold a “Louisiana Seafood Boil & Brews” from 6 to 9 p.m. July 17, complete with ice-cold craft beers and live entertainment. Cost: $75.
Visit www.kahalaresort.com or call 739-8888.
Pretzel sandwiches at Hyatt: Speaking of summer, Hyatt Place Waikiki, 175 Paoakalani Ave., has rolled out five pretzel roll sandwiches at the Gallery Bar, in a variation on a popular summer snack. The Gallery Bar is offering turkey provolone, ham and cream cheese, spinach and feta, Black Angus hot dog and smoked sausage sandwiches through August. Cost is $7 each; 922-3861.
Chef Chai takes on another venture: Chef Chai Chaowasaree must not need to sleep. The well-known chef is adding Big Kahuna Luau to his repertoire, which includes running two restaurants, being the executive chef for Hawaiian Airlines and more. Leo Malagon, president and CEO of the tour company, said he “believes Chef Chai will add a level of elegance.”
Visit www.bigkahunaluau.com or call 690-9047.
Closed temporarily: Top of Waikiki, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., is planning a “major interior design renovation” and will be closed from July 6.
At the July 27 reopening, executive chef Lance Kosaka and internationally renowned mixologist Jennifer Ackrill will launch new food and cocktail selections. Call 923-3877.
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