Kihei Eats: Stella Blues

If you’re looking for a good family-friendly place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Kihei area, consider Stella Blues, an American restaurant located in the Azeka II Shopping Center on the mauka side of South Kihei Road.

All the comfort foods of your favorite local diner can be found on the menu, at moderate prices that are actually a good value considering the pleasant decor and ambiance, as well as the quality and portions of the dishes served.

On one visit, I had breakfast there with my girlfriend’s two cousins visiting from Las Vegas, where the little one ordered the pancakes from the Children’s Menu…


Stella Blues – Pancakes from Children’s Menu, $4.95 (IIRC)

I wonder if Walt Disney is cool with them shaping their pancakes like this? lol Notice they also provide coloring crayons and place mat to color on.

Cousin C ordered the Macadamia Nut Pancakes…


Stella Blues – Macadamia Nut Pancakes, half stack, $6

I went with none other than the local classic Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice…


Stella Blues – Quickstart: 2 eggs (done sunnyside-up of course!), Portuguese Sausage, rice and toast, $8

Not much to say except everything was delicious. Filling, and cooked perfectly to order. Service was also friendly and prompt, with our glasses of water kept full at all times.

Because of its central location in Kihei, Stella Blues was a convenient place for us to return for dinner with a friend who lives just up the street.

The dinner menu includes complimentary dinner bread…

My girlfriend decided to try their Baby Back Ribs…


Stella Blues – Baby Back Ribs: Rubbed with secret spices, slowly roasted til falling off the bone, then grilled and brushed with our tropical bbq sauce, served with skillet cornbread and cole slaw, $25

She raved about the cornbread, which I could imagine went really well with those savory, char-grilled ribs…

The ribs were indeed fall-off-the-bone tender, with a nice char-grilled finish to them. She said the sauce was a bit on the tangy side. Overall thumbs-up.

Her friend ordered the Grilled Pork Chops…


Stella Blues – Grilled Pork Chops: A house cured pork chop, grilled til tender and juicy with caramelized onion jus,
mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day, $24

Her toddler-aged son ordered Hot Dog from the Children’s Menu…


Stella Blues – Hot Dog and Fries from the Children’s Menu, $n/a

Yours truly decided to try their take on my all-time favorite burger, the Swiss ‘n Mushroom…


Stella Blues – The Blues Burger: Succulent 1/2 pound all natural charbroiled beef patty from the Maui Cattle
Company with lettuce, tomato and red onion on a toasted roll served with French fries, $12 + Swiss $1 + Mushrooms, $2

Stella Blues Swiss ‘n Shroom burger was great. Char-grilled and seasoned to perfection, being just a little pink inside, which is how I like it. The bun was toasted, thank goodness. The only thing missing was some mayo’ spread on the bun, which really helps punch out the flavor of the beef and cheese. I could have asked for some on the side to spread on after the fact, but was satisfied with it just the way it was.

The portions were so big, all of us walked out with a doggie bag. Luckily we were staying at Kamaole Sands at the time, so we had the luxury of a microwave oven to heat it up to finish later.

Everything was delicious, and again, service was friendly and prompt.

Stella Blues
1279 South Kihei Road – Azeka’s II Shopping Center
Kihei, HI 96753 (Maui)

Tel. (808) 874-3779

www.StellaBlues.com (<–see entire menu and links to other reviews about them at their site)

The Tasty Island Rating:

(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)

SALADS
COUNTRY SALAD . . . 9
Maui greens tossed with barley, cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes and creamy herb vinaigrette

CAPRESE SALAD . . . 9
Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil and capers with a Balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing

SPINACH SALAD . . . 9
Upcountry Baby spinach tossed with blue cheese crumbles, red onion, macadamia nuts and sweet herb vinaigrette

CLASSIC CAESAR . . . 8
Hearts of romaine tossed with homemade croutons and parmesan cheese

THE GREEK . . . 9
Romaine lettuce, black Kalamata olives, feta, tomatoes, red onion and cucumbers tossed with olive oiland red wine vinegar

APPETIZERS
ASIAN CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAP . . . 13
Fresh ground chicken breast sautéed with garlic, ginger, cabbage, and carrots served with rice noodles, butter lettuce, cucumber and sweet Thai chili sauce

CRISPY CRABCAKES . . . 14
Lump crab, lightly bound and breaded with cornflakes and served with tangy remoulade sauce

COCONUT SHRIMP 14
Six large shrimp, dipped in coconut & panko and fried til golden served witha guava sauce

EYE’S OF THE WORLD ROLL . . . 12
Ahi, cucumber, white rice and fresh Kula spinach wrapped in nori, dusted with panko, then flash fried until crispy, served with a Thai chili aioli

BAKED MUSSELS . . . 8
New Zealand green lip mussels smothered with garlic aioli and baked

½COUNTRY FAIR . . . 15
STEAMERS-Fresh Oregon clams steamed with garlic, tomatoes and chili flakes

FUNKY NACHOS . . . 13
Blue and yellow corn tortillas layered with mahi and ahi (or chicken), jalapenos, red bean puree, onion, Spanish rice and jack cheese baked until bubbly and crispy, topped with sour cream, guacamole and fire roasted salsa

CHICKEN TAQUITOS . . . 8
Wontons filled with pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese and green onions rolled and fried served with an orange-chipotle pepper relish, sour cream & guacamole

SMOKED MARLIN DIP . . . 11
Locally caught marlin smoked and blended with cream cheese, red bell peppers, onion and garlic baked until bubbly served with pita bread for dipping

HOMEMADE HUMMUS . . . 9
A smooth chick-pea spread with a hint of lemon, tahini and garlicand served with a toasted pita

STELLA’S BLUE CHEESE TOAST-Homemade focaccia topped with blue cheese aioli and broiled til gooey and crispy 9

SHRIMP COCKTAIL . . . 11
Six large poached shrimp served with spicy cocktail sauce

PASTA
SHRIMP SCAMPI . . . 24
Six seared shrimp with garlic, mushrooms, capers, tomatoes and fresh basil in a white wine sauce tossed with fettuccini

CARBONARA . . . 18
Bacon, shallots and garlic with cream, eggs and parmesan tossed with spaghetti

ONCE IN A WHILE GET SHOWN THE LIGHT… PASTA . . . 15
Olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and basil tossed with angel hair

VEGETARIAN LASAGNA . . . 16
Layers of noodles, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, ricotta, mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce topped with parmesan and parsley

SPAGHETTI . . . 15
Homemade red sauce topped with parmesan & parsley
WITH MEAT SAUCE . . . 18
Italian sausage, ground beef, fresh herbs & garlic topped with parmesan & parsley

FRESH FISH PREPARATIONS
TODAY’S FRESH LOCAL FISH . . . MQ
Ask your server for today’s catch and choose from the following preparations

Iron skillet blackened with a cooling cucumber salsa and tangy dill sauce with rice pilaf
Pan-seared with a lemon-caper butter sauce and rice pilaf
Roasted with a macadamia-nut crust and lilikoi beurre blanc, mashed purple sweet potatoes
Grilled with tamarind vinaigrette, grilled onion relish and avocado, white rice and wilted spinach

ENTRÉES
TODAY’S FRESH LOCAL FISH-Ask your server for today’s catch and choose from the following preparations MQ

SHORT RIB-Braised boneless short rib from Maui Cattle Company, served with roasted potatoes,
carrots, celery, onions, and natural juices 28

½MAMA TRIED… MEATLOAF-Like you wish your Mama had made, juicy meatloaf glazed and served with
vegetable of the day and mashed potato 19

*GRILLED NY STEAK-A 12 ounce all natural dry-aged NY sirloin from the Maui Cattle Company grilled and
served with a red wine garlic compound butter, mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day 28

GRILLED PORK CHOP-A house cured pork chop, grilled til tender and juicy with caramelized onion jus,
mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day 24

BABY BACK RIBS-Rubbed with secret spices, slowly roasted til falling off the bone, then grilled and brushed
with our tropical bbq sauce, served with skillet cornbread and cole slaw 25

½THE ALL-AMERICAN MEAL…-Roasted half chicken, creamed corn, wilted spinach, mashed potatoes and
natural juices 19

½JAMBALAYA OH MYA…-A Cajun classic with basmati rice, andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp and crawfish
drizzled with rouille sauce 22

½SUNSHINE DAYDREAM… SEAFOOD STEW-Clams, mussels, shrimp and local fish gently stewed in a light
saffron tomato broth 26

MISO SHRIMP-Eight large shrimp, grilled and basted with miso-sesame vinaigrette with mashed purple
sweet potatoes and vegetable of the day 24

COCONUT SHRIMP -Nine large shrimp dipped in coconut & Panko and fried till golden, served with a
guava sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables 25

STIR FRY-An array of mixed vegetables sautéed in a teriyaki sauce served over white rice 16
WITH TOFU 18
WITH CHICKEN 19
WITH SHRIMP 23

Yellow Curry-Sauteed vegetables served in a spicy yellow coconut curry sauce over white rice 16
WITH TOFU 18
WITH CHICKEN 19
WITH SHRIMP 23

LIGHTER FARE
*THE BLUES BURGER-Succulent 1/2 pound all natural charbroiled beef patty from the Maui Cattle
Company with lettuce, tomato and red onion on a toasted roll served with French fries 12
With Jarlsberg Swiss, cheddar or pepper jack add 1
With Hormel bacon or avocado add 2
With sautéed mushrooms add 2

TOBY’S TOFU TIA EXTRAORDINAIRE-Soft flour tortilla wrapped around seasoned tofu, sautéed in a
flavorful blend of spices, filled with sprouts, red onion, sour cream and topped with salsa & avocado.
Served with Maui green salad 12

DINNER SIDE DISHES
Skillet Cornbread
Whole Pan 10
Piece 3
Mashed Potatoes 3
Vegetable Of The Day 3
Garlic Bread 3
Baked Potato with Butter & Sour Cream 3

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8 thoughts on “Kihei Eats: Stella Blues

  1. Pomai, some children do not like kid menu but are small eater still. Reason is kid menu serve on kiddie plates and kids sometime feel they are well, people like grown up too. They want food not listed as kid menu but small eater portion and regular . Kids today getting too smart at time.

    Some parents do not know how to order right food for their own child. Food that get them messy or hard to eat. Seen mom order for her 1 1/2 year old noodle with meatball. she can not even hold a spoon or fork or chew well. Young children still to chew need soft food or finger food.

  2. Pomai Dude Man, did you ate some of that Portuguese Sausages before you took a picture? Just 3 slices of sausages serve to an order? I thought about 4 or 5 would do fine. Wonder where sell yaki (baked) manju that have pineapple fillings? Boy, my comment is nothing but questions.

  3. Seen the menu notice they have coconut shrimp also. Wonder how the one at Tommy Bahama? I ate the one at Red Lobster it was pretty bad due to it was sweet from sweeten coconut. No sauce with it at all.

  4. Amy, I see you’re firmly against Coconut Shrimp made with sweetened shredded coconut. To be honest, I can’t remember whether Tommy Bahama’s Coconut Shrimp was made with sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut. I do remember the sauce served with it was sweet, which worked very well for the dish.

    Kimo, yeah 3 pieces of PS sounds kinda’ “manini”, but it worked out being just the right amount along with the eggs and rice portion given on the plate. they were cut thick, so that helped stretch it.

    Betty, the thing that kinda’ bothers me about kids menus, is they’re often primarily “junk food”. Of course that’s what kids love, but they should try and be more creative instead of offering the usual PBJ sandwich, hot dog, hamburger, chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese.

  5. C, on my last trip, someone told me Ocean’s Beach Bar & Grill in Kihei is the new clubbing hotspot in the area since Hapa’s closed down. Looks like the former Hapa’s restaurant is now a mexican restaurant? I believe that’s what was in there when I drove through there.

    A Maui Blog, I can believe your husband’s vote for SB as having the best burger, as my Swiss ‘N Mushroom burger was, no pun intended, STELLAR. I’d order it again for sure. The char-grilled beef patty was juicy and packed with flavor.

    SB is a really nice restaurant as well. Pleasant casual ambiance that can fit right in with your best friends for dinner and cocktails on a Friday night, or for a Sunday morning breakfast with the family before heading to the beach.

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