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Da Kitchen Express

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With three locations on Maui, this popular local eatery is hard to miss. The menu is simple; it features all the favorites and nothing else. Go for the Saimin Special (similar to a hearty, homemade Cup o' Noodles) or the mahi-mahi plate. Prodigious appetites will want to get the Big Braddah Combo, which is served with a choice of two entrees. Be forewarned though: local boys have BIG appetites, and it is not always easy to follow their example. Prices here are low, ranging from USD5-8 for a meal.
2439 South Kihei Road, Rainbow Mall Kihei , HI
Today: 09:00 AM-09:00 PM Open Now
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Sunday to Saturday 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM
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2439 South Kihei Road, Rainbow Mall
Kihei, HI, 96753
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