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Friday, November 17, 2017

Don Mai Tai Bar (Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A.)


Don Mai Tai Bar, 75-5752 Ali'i Drive, Kahlua-Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A..  Located in the Royal Kona Resort and open to the public not just guests.  This resort is right in the heart of Kona, right on a spit of land that just out in to the ocean and the bar as at the tip of that piece of land. The bar is a granite surface, 20 person semi circle sit-up bar.  All of the seats have a view of the ocean. on the backside of the bar right on the ocean are several tables right along the curved wall over looking the ocean.  We had a table right in the middle and is the best seat in the house with an awesome view of the ocean and the sunset!! The is claimed to be the home of the Original Mai Tai, at least the original founder back in 1933. There are 3 large flat screen TV's if you so choose to watch TV.  There are 8 types of beer on tap, good wine and hard liquor selection.  I did notice that the Mai Tai's were flying out of here.  Food that we had here was the Coconut Prawns, very good.  The thin crust Pizza was good too!  Happy hourfrom 4 to 6, klive music in the evenings.  A must do when in Kona, you will really like it here!!!

Lava Lava Beach Club Kulaikai, (Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, U.S.A.)


Lava Lava Beach Club Kulaikai, 69-1081 Ku'uali'i Place, Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, U.S.A..  Another great relaxing place with an awesome view!  Same owners as the Lava Lava Beach Club in Kauai.  Open on 3 sides and located right on the beach, it has a 10 person sit-up bar.  The main part of the bar is covered from the sun and if it ever rains.  This area is 4 steps up from the lower part towards the beach.  The lower part is half covered by the roof with tables and chairs.  The uncovered portion has tables with permanent, nice big umbrellas.  Beyond that are nice wicker style chairs and tables right on the sand, steps from the water, with a few palm trees and surrounded by Tiki torches. The main area has seating from 2 people right up to the long table for 18 people.  There are 18 different types of beer on tap and a good wine selection too!  We didn't eat here so I can't tell you much bout the food.  The service is good and nice and friendly.  The servers all wear company t-shirts with palm trees on them.  Love this place, so relaxing, with no other business's or places right near by.  They have their own parking lot for their guests.  It is just north of Kona and well worth going to, you to will love it!!

Seafood Bar and Grill (Kawaihae, Hawaii, U.S.A.)


Seafood Bar nad Grill, 61-3642 Kalwaihae Road, Kawaihae, Hawaii, U.S.A. What a great find!  North of Kona bout 45 minute drive, give or take. Located on the second floor looking towards the ocean.  There is a catch, there is a port here and across the street are 3 large oil storage tanks.  I don;'t know how ling they have been here but look fairly new.  They bar has  large sign, "Tanks a Lot".  The bar here is beautiful, nice wood and beautifully finished.  It sits 25 people and runs almost the length of the bar.  This place is long and narrow so all the tables run along the window and there are 9 seating 4.  Outside is a small narrow patio area with  10 tables of 4 or 2 people.  The entire bar has a Hawaiian theme with bamboo, woven palms, Tiki masks, lights and a few nautical things including surf boards mounted. For lunch I had the Grilled Beef Burger, with Wasabi Ailoi sauce and fries.  It was an amazingly good burger.. Fresh and juicy, I have been to so called gourmet burger places and they don't even come close to how good this burger was.  My lunch partner had the Coconut Shrimp that is crispy (large jumbo shrimp) with li hing mui pina colda sauce and it to was very good.  It was quite busy at lunch which is  very good sign!  I loved it here,and if you ever get a chance to make it here, try this place out you will love it|!!!

Laverne's Sports Bar (Kona, Hawaii,U.S.A.)


Laverne's Sports Bar, 75-5819 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A.   www.laverneskona.com  this great sports bar is located on the second floor (top) on the main oceanfront drag of Kona, over looking the ocean.  Th bar is open, do walls or windows, just fresh air and no air conditioning.  The bar has a large 20 person meandering bar with several TV's in full view.  There are 18 TV'S throughout the bar.  They have 3 long pub high tables that easily seat 12 people, and various other tables.  It has killer view of the main drag and the ocean!  They have an attached bar on the left as you go up the stairs but it is only open Friday and Saturday nights and has live bands.  There is one pool table.  With 18 different types of beer on tap you cant go wrong.  On Sundays before the time change,they open at 0700 am so people can get n and start watching NFL football.  by 1030 it is packed full! For food, we were there  couple of times. We had the Northshore Garlic Shrimp, peeled jumbo shrimp with garlic,shallots and Parmesan cheese.  Very good!  Also had the Total Mac and Cheese: Alehouse mac and cheese, fusilli pasta, caramelized bacon, toasted panko, finished with Parmesan cheese.  Pretty darn good!!!  We were there to watch football on Sunday morning and it was a llot of fun.  i felt bad for the guy who had to keep changing channels and various games ended and others started because everyone's game is the most important!  LOL!  Great place and loved my time here

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Gill (Haleiwa, Hawaii, U.S.A.)


Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill, 60-011 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Hawaii, U.S.A. (North Shore of Oahu).The bar is on the left as you enter the front door.  The restaurant is the rest of the place. The bar is alone  "L" shaped bar that seats 15 people. The bar stools re all wicker pub high.  They have 10 tables that are all made of beautiful split Hawaiian wood.  The tables range from 2 to 4 people, and also come with wicker chairs.  There were quite few locals going here which is a good thing. For lunch we had the Roasted Garlic Bread, which had nice big chunks of roasted garlic in it.  Mmmmm it was good!  We then had 2 orders of the  Crunchy Coconut shrimp,gain very good!  6 different types of beer on tap. They also had a decent choice of wine.  I would have loved to come back, but just ran out of time.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Railroad Pub & Pizza (Burlington, Washington, U.S.A.)


Railroad Pub and Pizza 122 spruce Street,  Burlington, Washington, U.S.A.  www.railroadpizza.com  It is kitty corner from their other great pub the Train Wreck.  This is a great place!  The decor in here is awesome!!  numerous tables and the divider are made by the students from the local high school and their work is amazing!! There is  small split log bar that seats about 8, and this is the over 21 area.  the outer area, has 6 huge roll up garage doors for There is so much to talk about the decor in here.  They have 3 tables that are 5 foot diameter thick log rounds that have been cleaned and have glass tabletops on them the seating 6.  Numerous tables are also split log and varnished 6.  There is on table made out of a cable spool with a metal top that seats 8 people.    It is right beside the BNSF railway main line and it is all Railroad theme through out. there bis a large parking lot right across the lane from the pub.  Their pizzas are wood brick oven pizzas,so we had the Train Wreck Pizza, (House red sauce, fresh mozzarella, Jack Mountain Sausage (locally made), ham and pepperoni, red onion ( We skipped the red onion), bell peppers and black olives.  The crush was thin and the pizza was very good. Another time we were here we split the Fresh Baked Pretzel.. Pretzel topped with butter, sea salt and grated Parmesan cheese and beer cheese sauce for dipping.  Mmmmmm good!!  Service was awesome too!! You gotta try this place out, you will love it!!

Roland's Creekside Pub (Whistler,British Columbia,Canada)


Roland's Creekside Pub  2129 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, British Columbia,Canada   www.rolandswhisler.com  Was there in April 2017.  Has a 6 person sit-up bar.  There are 2 dart boards and 2 decent sized TV's and 8 smaller ones.  They also have a beer and wine store attached.  the service was very friendly and also very helpful.  They have keno for your gambling needs.  None of us tried the food so \i can't say much on that!  there is a patio outside in front once the weather is better. The wash rooms are downstairs and they have many photos on the Negro Baseball leagues from days gone by,they were very cool.