What to Eat at Maui & Sons Bar and Grill, Open Tomorrow in Hollywood

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Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

A Maui & Sons restaurant almost sounds as shallow a concept as a feature film about Facebook, but hey, the movie was pretty good and Tommy Bahama has been mixing its clothing label and restaurant chain for years, so why not? Further more, the original Maui & Sons supposedly started as a failed cookie company, so food was maybe always part of the plan. Tomorrow, Maui & Sons Bar and Grill drops in on Hollywood Blvd. to serve Hawaiian food to haoles in a partnership between the surf-wear company and Sunset Entertainment Group, which owns the contemporary edition of Pig & Whistle next door. What's inside and what's on the menu?

The space goes for a Tiki-vibe with accompanying giant tropical cocktails to match. It claims Hollywood's biggest patio, surrounded by palm trees, and crowded with the usual paraphernalia like stuffed sharks and surfboards. Are such things as "huli nuli tacos," "lava wings," and "shaka rolls" designed for Walk-of-Fame tourists, who seemed more interested in the Hendrix impersonator outside the restaurant yesterday? Quite probably, but somehow the prices don't appear consistent with mere cashing in, with not a single dish over ten dollars.

And while soy fried chicken, poi, Kahlua pork, and loco moco don't make the cut, we could always use some bold new Hawaiian flavors around here and the very notion of a Spam quesadilla and a slow-cooked carnitas rice bowl sound more worth a try today than another attempt to find glory at L or Ono. Plus, we already find their surf references ("The Dawn Patrol," "The Duke") fairly appetizing. They even take a stab at the cookie again in a humungoid macadamia nut version called The Megadamia. It all sounds pretty fun, and isn't that what you're seeking when haunting Hollywood Blvd. anyway?

The restaurant soft-opens tomorrow at 5:00 P.M. and officially on Monday. See the full menu below.

Maui & Sons , 6708 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood.

MENU

STARTERS

Lava Wings
Our take on the classic buffalo wing. The Double Overhead has a secret blend of jalapeno, Sriracha, Thai bird chili, and chipotle

Ankle High - Moderate Heat
Head High - High Heat
Double Overhead - Insane Heat!

One Dozen $7.00
Half Dozen $4.00

HAWAIIAN STEAK N CHEDDAR QUESADILLA
Diced spam (yes, SPAM!) with shredded cheddar, red onions, and guacamole on the side
$5.00

SHAKA ROLLS
Our Indonesian lumpia (spring rolls), made with ground pork, ginger, and garlic, served with a sweet chili sauce. 6 per order
$5.00

BANZAI SHRIMP QUESADILLA
Blackened shrimp, Monterey jack cheese, cabbage, cilantro and pico de gallo,
Accompanied with guacamole and sour cream
$7.00

GONZO GRILLED CORN ON THE COBB
Grilled slowly in the husk and lightly coated with mayo, chili powder and Mexican cotija cheese
$3.00

PUMPIN POPCORN SHRIMP
Popcorn shrimp battered in tempura and deep fried until crispy, the tossed in Japanese-style spicy mayo
$8.00

ATTACK OF THE KILLER CALAMARI
Calamari marinated in buttermilk and spices, deep fried and served with our homemade cocktail sauce
$7.00

MAUI CHEESE FRIES
Thinly cut French fries topped with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and woo-tang sauce (our version of thousand island)
$4.00

SOUP AND SALAD

EPIC BAKED POTATO SOUP
Our signature luau baked potato soup (contains chicken stock and cream) topped with chives, cheddar cheese and crispy bacon
$4.00

GRILLED CAESAR SALAD
Hearts of romaine quickly grilled to add a smoky flavor, then tossed in Caesar dressing (mildly flavored with anchovy) and served with grilled garlic toast
$6.00
Add chicken $8.00

BAJA BOUND SALAD
Grilled chicken breast, avocado, corn, diced tomato, crispy tortilla, shredded iceberg lettuce, and avocado lime dressing
$8.00

HOWZIT?! HOUSE SALAD
Shredded romaine and iceberg lettuce with cucumber and tomato, served with citrus lime dressing
$4.00

BURGERS, SANDWICHES, N TACOS
SERVED WITH MAUI POTATO CHIPS

THE DUKE
Ground chuck burger seasoned with garlic, ginger, and hoisin, glazed with our house teriyaki sauce and topped with grilled Dole pineapple, spicy mayo, suno muno cucumbers, cheddar cheese, and cayenne candied bacon
$8.00

THE VOLCANO
Also known as Lava Burger, the cheese is inside the patty so it explodes with love when you bite it! Served well-done and topped with caramelized onions, crispy onions, shredded lettuce and woo-tang sauce
$8.00

THE HAOLE
Our traditional burger with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Bacon and avocado extra
$7.00

THE MARLINATOR
Blackened swordfish served on a Hawaiian-style sweet bun with tartar sauce and coleslaw
$9.00

CHARGIN CHICKEN CAESAR SANDWICH
Chicken breast topped with Caesar salad, served on a bun
$7.00

DAWN PATROL
Seared spam on a sweet bun with fried egg and honey mustard
$7.00

BODACIOUS TACOS
Mildly spicy shrimp served with Cajun tartar sauce, shredded lettuce, and tomato
$8.00

HULI NULI TACOS
Mahi-mahi fish tacos served either tempura-fried or simply grilled, topped with coleslaw, guacamole, and salsa. Two tacos per order
$6.00

BOWLS

GNAR-GNAR BOWL
Crispy panko-crusted chicken breast served over steamed rice and avocado with teriyaki
$8.00

ALOHA BOWL
Marinated and grilled mahi-mahi served over steamed rice, with black beans, guacamole, and lime
$9.00

OFF DA LIP BOWL
Slow-cooked carnitas served over steamed rice, cumin scented black beans, guacamole, and lime
$8.00

PRIMO BOWL
Korean flank steak cut very thin, marinated in soy sauce, ginger, garlic and sesame oil and cooked well-done, served with grilled bok choy and steamed rice
$9.00

COSMIC BOWL
Stir-fried seasonal vegetables and smoked tofu marinated in teriyaki, served over steamed rice
$6.00

DESSERT

THE MEGADAMIA
One huge macadamia nut and white chocolate chip cookie served with vanilla ice cream
$5.00