Fran’s Island Grill
So you’ve indulged a little too much after the historic inauguration. What’s a person to do? Well, you could always combat that alcohol with a little grease. And nothing is much greasier than the local favorite, loco moco. Sure, loco moco may not look that appetizing, but the night before, you pretty much knew that you were going to wake up with a mouth that tasted like it had been licking the floor of a movie theater, an that isn’t very appetizing either. It’s time to indulge your taste buds and coat your stomach with the comfort of rice, hamburger patty, egg and copious amounts of gravy. There, your mouth tastes a lot better now, doesn’t it? If loco moco isn’t your style, Fran’s Island Grill also serves other local comfort foods, so take your pick. 740 Lower Main St., Wailuku. 242-7997.
They’ve got world famous pancakes, plain and simple. And after a night of debauchery, what else could be better than pancakes, especially world famous ones? (I mean, other than for the floor to stop spinning, of course.) Tasty Crust offers your war-torn stomach a brief reprieve with fluffy goodness. The pancakes have gotten the tasty part down pat. The crust part, not so much. But, really, who wants a crusty pancake? Not me. 1770 Mill St., Wailuku. 244-0845.
Koho Grill & Bar
I have always called this place Koho’s. Everyone I know calls it Koho’s. But, if you’ll take a look on their nice, brightly illuminated orange sign, there is no “s” anywhere in sight. Other than this strange phenomenon, there are few places more comforting. The restaurant isn’t ablaze in fluorescent, garish lighting and the servers are friendly. Oh, the food is good too. It’s the kind of grub that will cuddle up to your delicate, hung-over stomach and give it a massage. And other than the servers occasionally calling out “corner,” there aren’t any surprising noises in the background, either, which is good news for your throbbing head. 275 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului. 877-5588.
Don’t think you can stomach a heavy meal quite yet? Head over to A.K.’s Café for some saimin. Here’s a restaurant that’s calm, laid back and (probably) devoid of straightedge/teetotaler friends giving you disappointed looks. It’s a nice little refuge from the hustle and bustle of Wailuku, filled with good food and natural lighting. Sure, the economy might be in a recession, but it’s tough to stay depressed after eating at A.K.’s. Too bad the whole United States couldn’t fit into this cozy restaurant. 1237 Lower Main St., Wailuku. 244-8774.
Tiffany’s Bar & Grill
You know who I think will be hung-over the day after Obama’s inauguration? George W. Bush (nothing like watching a younger, cooler dude take your job to knock you off the wagon). I’m pretty sure he’ll be nursing his hangover into a nice, healthy drunken belligerence the day after the inauguration, too. If I were him, I would definitely head over to Tiffany’s. The atmosphere is peaceful, cool and void of any sharp objects. Whether you’re looking for something to nurse you back into the peak of health or a taste of the hair of the dog that bit you, Tiffany’s is one of the few prime places to get both. 1242 Lower Main St., Wailuku. 249-0052. MTW