Don't miss the deep fried SPAM musubi!
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Ask anyone from Maui where the best local food is from, and they’ll all say Da Kitchen! As the restaurant celebrates its 20th anniversary, HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is in Kihei checking out all the ono food the place cranks out daily.
“It has been an amazing journey,” says Mariah Brown, Da Kitchen’s co-owner.
Da Kitchen’s first location was established in November of 1998 in Kihei. In early 2000, Brown and Les Tomita ventured into opening another location in Kahului, where the team took the typical plate lunch, which is traditionally served in a take-out container, and took it to the next level by opening a full service restaurant. Both had no culinary or food and beverage experience, but they shared a passion and desire to open up a restaurant that served huge portions of tasty, local, comfort food.
“We’re known for our really big portions because Les loves to eat!” Brown laughs. “People can come here and they can either share or they can get a little bit of everything.”
Da Kitchen is well known for its creative and diverse cuisine with an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian food. The menu incorporates a mixture of local favorites inspired by the different ethnic groups established in the islands of Hawaii. One thing you can’t miss? Its deep fried SPAM musubi! The restaurant also became famous for its Notorious B.I.G. Moco, and if that’s not enough for you, there’s a whole menu of different mocos to choose from!
The restaurant also had the honor to cook at the Inaugural Luau in Washington D.C. during the election of President Obama and has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, along with other shows like Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Man v. Food. Da Kitchen was also acknowledged as Restaurant Award Winner of the prestigious Ilima Award, Hale Aina Award and Ai’pono Awards.
For more information: dakitchen.com, or on Facebook and Instagram: @DaKitchen