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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

JJ's BROILER
LIHUE, KAUAI, HAWAII

This restaurant, popular with tourists and locals alike, is located in a small strip mall very near the Marriott resort.  We sampled it twice.  Once for lunch and another time for dinner.  Each visit had two, distinct personalities.

Our first visit came during the lunch hour.  The place was jam packed and we dined downstairs.  Our server was a real ball of fire.  She started out by giving us the inside poop on what to order.  We launched lunch with a big order of onion rings and they were sensational.  I had fish and chips for my lunch.  They used fresh Mahi Mahi and it was light and crisp and very well prepared.  My wife had a beef and tomato stir fry salad.  She said it was okay but the sauce was a little overpowering.  All in all it was a fun time.

Our second meal came during the dinner hour and it was 180 degrees different from the fun lunch we had experienced.  This time we were seated upstairs.  The restaurant was practically empty.  Our server was lethargic and exerted the least amount of energy and enthusiasm as she could.  She moved with the speed of a pregnant water buffalo with bad bunions. 

I started out my meal with a bucket of Manila clams steamed to perfection.  Two pounds for about $20, but they were worth it.  My wife simply had a salad.  For our main meal, we both had something that JJ's is known for -- "Slavonic steak."  It's simply a tenderloin sliced thinly and coated in a thick butter, wine and garlic sauce.  It was nothing to write home about and I don't think I'd order it again.  It was, however, cooked to perfection. 

Lunch was great.  Big crowd, quick service, outstanding waitress.  Dinner had almost a somber feeling to it.  I'd do lunch there and find another spot for dinner.

JJ's is located near the Marriott and Duke's Canoe Club in Lihue. They've got a web site here.

ADDITIONAL RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM HAWAII:

Alexander's Fish & Chips - Kihei, Maui
Chart House - Maui
Duke's Canoe Club - Lihue, Kauai
Erik's Seafood Grotto - Maui
House of Noodles - Kapaa, Kauai
Huggo's - Kona, Hawaii
Mama's Fish House - Maui
Nick's Fishmarket - Honolulu
Paia Fish Market & Restaurant - Maui
Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant - Honolulu