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“Nothing special”

Charley's Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 42 Restaurants in Paia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Luna Place
Description: Paia maintains its small-town, old Hawaii charm, and is now a bustling destination with restaurants, bars, shopping, coffee and gelato. At Charley’s you never know who might be sitting next to you. It’s long been a favorite hang-out for surfers, adventurers, writers, hippies, rock stars, artists, business leaders, celebrities, and all types, looking to get away and find the ultimate in Maui hospitality.
Reviewed December 14, 2007

We ate dinner here one night and breakfast another moring. The dinner was not great. I had cashew chicken that didn't have a single cashew in it. It tasted like the sauce came from bottle off the shelf at safeway. Breakfast was also underwelming. The Mac nut pancake was big, but tasteless. The onon benedict was ok, but their hollondaise is terrible. If you are on this side of the island, make the 5 minute drive to Pauwela Cafe instead. Far better.

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Reviewed December 13, 2007

We knew about Charley's because my brother-in-law (with whom we were vacationing) has known the owner, Jim Fuller, since the early 60's when they sold cars together in Los Angeles. Yes, Jim and Willie Nelson are best friends. Willie eats there often and you might find him jamming some evening with his band. Jim, Willie, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Kris Kristopherson all play golf and poker together quite often.

A "must try" is the Cajun Ono Eggs Benedict...just a small amount of cajun spice makes this the best benedict you will ever experience. I was a little reluctanct to have fish for breakfast, but it is cooked well so that it doesn't taste fishy. And you can ask for the fish grilled instead of cajun, but you are missing out on the best part if you don't choose the cajun....it is spiced to perfection....not overly done so that it doesn't overpower the rest of the dish. And the breakfast potatoes are to die for...very tastey.

This place will give you a real flavor of a "local" restaurant, and the friendly staff will joke with you and make you comfortable and feel glad that you stopped by. Prices are typical of Hawaii....a little high considering it is breakfast and you are aren't in a fancy hotel, but it is well worth it. About $12 for the Cajun Ono Eggs Benedict.

Andi and Ed (December 7, 2007)

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Reviewed November 29, 2007

Great Breakfast!. Down-home food, generous serving size, Down-home atmosphere, friendly service. We arrived about 10:30 on a Sunday morning, and even though the place was full, had to wait only about 10 minutes for a table for two. Larger groups had to wait longer.

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Reviewed November 26, 2007

Good breakfast on the way to Hana....

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Reviewed October 22, 2007

Good fun, food, service and atmosphere.

We asked about the Willy Nelson connection and were told he plays chess, drinks whiskey and gambles with the owner. Willy's family also lives down the street.

The food was very reasonable and if you are passing through Paia on the road to/from Hana, you drive right past it and it's worth a stop. It was also featured on Rachel Ray's.

Oh, and we were also told it is the home of the world's largest guitar. It must be 10 feet tall.

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