Places To Nurse Your NYE Hangover
One of my first lines of defense against a booming, booze-induced headache is a steaming bowl of ramen noodles. Ramen Ya at Kaahumanu Center is open New Year’s Day and offers the best menu combos. Lucky Lahaina dwellers can enjoy Star Noodle for any of their saimin bowls, made with rich pork broth. Upcountry, head to Pukalani’s Weiwei or Cafe 808 in Kula. Wokstar International has you covered in Kihei.
Pizza is my current hangover craving. Crisp doughy crust with tangy tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella paired with a cold cola is just the thing to line your queasy tummy. Maui Brewing Co. Pub in Kahana has topnotch pizza and a special bonus: craft beer (can you say “hair of the dog”?) Upcountry, Serpico’s will be open at noon; all of their New York-style pizzas rock. And Pizza Madness in Kihei offers a nice air-conditioned bubble.
If you’ve really overdone the Jaeger and Goldschlager, you might need a more traditional breakfast—eggs, pancakes and greasy meats—to soak up that liquor. Stella Blues in Kihei opens at 8am with a regular breakfast menu that can miracle-cure your overconsumption ailments. At Charley’s Saloon in Paia, the staff will be there with bells on at 7am, dishing their signature North shore breakfasts. In Central Maui, Tasty Crust will be closed, but don’t despair: try Ruby’s diner for some cinnamon swirl French toast. On the West side, Sea House in Napili Kai has an amazing ocean view, which might even take your mind off those throbbing temples. – JR