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In a nutshell: Casual island style mexican food- dine in, take-out and food truck.
Minuses: Few tables for dining in.
Sound-bite: “I made him drive from the other side of the island- i haaad to have your fish tacos!”
Jaws has been a staple for fish tacos, hearty burritos and taco salads on Maui for over 10 years. Recognizing that take-out was the biggest demand, they recently relocated to a more compact location in Lipoa Center, just around the corner from their former spot. Very casual, you place your order at the counter to dine in or take-out. There are a few tables for those who prefer to dine in blessed air conditioning, and plenty of parking.
Fun Fact: For those dining in the Kihei location, it’s BYOB. (There is a mini-mart in the parking lot.)
Jawz also has food trucks that smartly cater to the hungry beach crowd; there are 2 trucks at Big Beach in Makena and one near the Westin and Kaanaapli Beach Resort on the West Side. Few things hit the spot as well as a fresh fish taco when you find yourself sun-soaked and overcome with hunger.
Overseen by chef Antonio, the food is tasty and fresh, portions are generous and the salsa bar let’s you jazz up your order exactly to your liking. Jawz’ delectable selection of house made salsas are created by Antonio’s wife Irma. Mild options like Jawz Special Pink sauce and Wasabi Asian sauce are a safe introduction. The Smoky Chipotle Pepper sauce packs a polite punch and the right amount of smoke. For those who can handle the heat, definitely give the Roasted Habanero Pepper sauce with pineapple and carrot a try; it starts off with a sweetness before it comes in with a kick.
Tacos are served on a soft white corn tortilla and come with a heaping portion of cilantro rice, cheese, cabbage and complimentary sauce. Jawz is well known for their fish tacos, but the chicken, pork, shrimp and steak are also tasty options. Burritos abound and can be served “wet”, covered with melted cheese and sauce. Options like the Steak Ranchero or Chicken Mole are sure to satisfy the hungriest in the bunch.
Local flavors can be found in Braddah Mo’s Upcountry Burrito, with shredded pork, black beans, pineapple and ginger fried rice, cheese and spicy papaya seed dressing coleslaw. Hawaiian Style BBQ ribs and Da Big Kahuna sandwich play up sweet island BBQ sauce smothered pork.
Vegetarians will be pleased to know that the beans are truly vegetarian and made in-house with vegetable oil. Sistah Ree’s Teriaki Tofu Burrito is packed with pineapple and ginger fried rice, black beans and Upcountry greens.
Fajitas, Tostadas, Chimichangas, Nachos, Taco Salads and an Enchilada Pie- baked with enchilada sauce, are also available. The Kids Menu includes a quesadilla, bean and cheese burrito or hot dog. Breakfast burritos are served all day, and fruit smoothies are also available.
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