97 S. Wakea Ave., Kahului
The menu says they’ve been serving the greater Central Maui area since 1968. This Wakea Street landmark is next to the Ohana gas station and right behind the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. If you want something fancier you’re in the wrong place because Sheik’s hasn’t changed a whole lot in their 45 years and won’t anytime soon. The diner has plenty of old school charm with their linoleum tables, booths, vinyl chairs and louvered windows.
Some say their pancakes are better than Tasty Crust, but everyone agrees their saimin and fried chicken is the bomb. Their kitchen has plenty of options to please the whole family, and feeding them won’t break the bank here.
For instance, there’s the cheeseburger deluxe. It’s a simple handmade beef patty with American cheese, soft white bun, lettuce, tomato and onion for just $3.90. In fact, most of their 18 sandwiches are priced under $4.
The pile of fried rice is huge–Sheik’s menu boasts four scoops rice on that plate, which costs $9 and includes plenty of Spam and bacon along with veggies and egg. The gravy-topped and very meaty pork sandwich, served with mashed potato from their “special sandwich” selection, is also very popular and costs just $6.50.
Granted, Sheik’s isn’t the kind of spot where you experiment much with the menu but my recent visit yielded a try of their breaded teriyaki. It’s much as described in the name, where you take the familiar thinly sliced and sweetly marinated teriyaki, then bread the steak and pan fry it. Their version comes piled high with two scoops rice and one mac salad. The steak has a nice crisp texture from the breading and plenty of sweet soy flavor.
Sheik’s still has a fountain section–a nod to their 1960s roots–and their orange freeze is legendary. They also offer root beer floats and milkshakes for $4.25. And like Jack’s, this is a cash-only joint.
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Sheiks Maui Restaurant Menu