We cruised into the Lighthouse Delicatessen after learning the hard way that their competitor 100 yards down the street was closed on Mondays. The well-publicized ice cream place across the street had a long line, so we went to Lighthouse for a sit-down lunch.
The restaurant-and-bar was crowded almost to the point of pandemonium. We grabbed two seats at the bar the very moment two patrons departed. Jess-the-fabulous-female-bartender immediately solicited our drink orders and gave us menus. How she did this with eight other customers shouting for attention I will never know.
The people-watching was, of course, intense with the density of folks so high. I asked Jess the wonderwoman if this was common. "Heck, she says, usually it's just tumbleweeds blowing down the middle of main street." We both ordered BBQ pork sandwiches (I with macaroni salad, my buddy with the cucumber salad). I swilled Cokes (with lemon! yum!) while he quaffed Fire Rock Pale Ale (or whatever they call it). Jess-the-whirlwind kept my glass full (with replacement lemons, too!) at all times.
Of course, the kitchen was busy, but the large-portioned sandwiches arrived in good time. Their aroma promised a treat, and we were not disappointed (even our seatmates wanted one after they saw ours). Nice bread for the sandwich piled with perhaps three inches of sliced pork and a delectable sauce made for a fabulous lunch.
Over the course of an hour, the place calmed down to a reasonable number of patrons (just all the tables and bar seats full). We paid our bill and moved on to the end of the road to see the beach.
The experience at the Lighthouse was exhilerating and fun (in addition to sating our appetite and slaking our thirst).
Prices were middle-of-the-road for Hawaii meals (about 2x the cost of meals in Colorado). Jess was poetry to watch as she juggled orders, tabs, and tended bar with her capable assistant. I really enjoyed myself.
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