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Jan 31, 2012 03:11 PM

86 Spring Hill, Welcome Ma'ono Chicken & Whisky

It's not the first of April, so it must be true, Spring Hill is going all Hawaiian(ish), all the time, extra fried chicken.

I can't say I'm happy about this, it was nice to have one good (upscale New American) restaurant in West Seattle. The menu actually looks pretty interesting, but I'm nervous....


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  1. nervous as well. menu looks delicious, but i hope they dont change their awesome brunch!

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    1. re: shaolinLFE

      I was actually kind of disappointed both time i went by their brunch, but that was a few years ago.

      They don't do much, I have LOVED every dessert I've had there. Especially all the ice creams.

    2. E babette, Aloha:

      It's all good with the cuisine, but highbrow Hawai'ian grinds in Seattle? Not sure this is such a great biz idea, what with the other local Hawai'ian choices (Kaua'i Family, Kona Kitchen, Bobby's). Seems what happened at Lu'au and 'Ohana also bode ill for this working out. I think this might be a very good ting for the "lesser" resto at a luxe hotel in Hawai'i nei.

      You go stay go. I go stay come after your review.


      But I wish them well. Wonder where they're sourcing the pa'akai o Hanapepe (salt ponds there are family-use).

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        The website mentions a family native Hawai'ian blood line.

        I'm sure it will be good, I was just surprised. Which island makes peanut butter sriracha pie?

        1. re: babette feasts

          Hi, Babette:

          I'm not sure, but Kaua'i features prominently in the menu.


          1. re: babette feasts

            Hi, Babette:

            As a makana mahalo for all the good turns you've done me, I asked... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831242

            No one seems to know, but PB+sriracha apparently has a blogo-historical propagation.

            Aloha a me Mahalo 'Oe,


            1. re: kaleokahu


              I didn't think it was Hawai'ian, or actually native to anywhere. Do peanuts even grow in HI? They are definitely taking some pan-Asian liberties. I would associate the spicy peanut butter combo with Thailand or Indonesia. Other Asians use chiles and peanuts, but Indo seems to use more peanut butter (as opposed to pieces), especially in satay sauce. I'm sure it will be good, desserts there usually are, and I'm a fan of the spicy peanut dessert genre, limited though it may be.

              My one visit to the Big Island a year ago was too brief, and I didn't really get a sense of Hawai'ian food. I do prefer the spicier cuisines, and didn't get a lot of spice in what we had. OTOH, I do like a little Spam every now and then.

              1. re: babette feasts

                Hi, Babette:

                As far as I know, peanuts are as much of an import to Hawai'i as SPAM, and nearly as popular (Hawai'i being the biggest per capita SPAM-consuming state by far). Boiled peanuts are also consumed by the hundredweight.

                IME, Hawai'ian cuisine (at least since Cook and his "boat people" arrived) has always been a melange. Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Philipino influences have been there for >150 years. The food that passes for "traditional Hawai'ian" now is more like what was served there 50 years ago.

                You should try Kaua'i Family Restaurant if you want an immersion.


        2. Sorry not a fan of spring hill. Way over priced.... Now with a new name the whole fried chicken for two is $42 really? And the price of the burger? Or the steak? You Know Jaks isn't far away again, really?

          I live in the area and you won't see me there.

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          1. re: duvelusa

            Agreed. Never understood the hype behind Spring Hill. Even forgetting about price. Been twice and was unimpressed both times. Felt like people were settling since there isn't that much in the way of that type of dining in the area. Just my feeling. I didn't even think the chicken was all that either. Ours was overcooked to nearly burnt.

          2. I will miss the ol' Spring Hill. Being also from West Seattle, it was nice to have a nice modern American cuisine place to go to.
            Sometimes we ate 'upscale', sometimes, it would be the burger...
            I have not done the Fried Chicken dinner, as the BF is not a fried chicken fan, but will have to go and try this with another friend once it is a 7-days thing.

            I sure will miss the sweetbreads, and the popcorn ice cream tho :(

            1. I stopped in last night for a quick dinner and to see what had changed. The menu did not seem as long as the version they had posted online as a preview - no peanut butter sriracha pie :( The additional bar seating will be fine for the happy hour crowd but felt a little cramped. I had the ceasar salad with spicy oyster dressing and the ma'ono dog, a housemade portuguese sausage on a squishy (seemed possibly steamed - as in kept warm in a steamer, not cooked via steam) bun with liver pate and pickles. Both were good. Maybe I was too tired, but the new menu just didn't thrill me. There were a few large parties in the front of the room enjoying heaping piles of fried chicken, so it must appeal to plenty of people, but I'm still skeptical about this new direction. I mean, I'll go again, because the cooks are talented and there are limited options on the west side, but for me it's fallen a few places on my list of where I want to go when I go out. Maybe once I try the fried chicken I'll see the light?