Fresh fish at coconut’s brings hawaii to town _ the sacramento bee

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We Americans love seafood, treating it like an endless resource by eating nearly 5 billion pounds of it a year. Homemade cheese sauce for pasta So says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency that in part “provides science-based conservation and management for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.” Its number is from 2009, “the last year for which data are available,” and likely has risen since then.

NOAA’s Fisheries division notes that shrimp is the most-consumed seafood in the United States, followed by canned tuna and fresh salmon. Making a white sauce for pasta It also offers this: “The connection between seafood and health is undeniable, yet information available to consumers can be confusing and conflicting.” Hmm. Homemade italian pasta sauce recipe from scratch Did anybody there ever see the 1973 sci-fi movie “Soylent Green,” which envisions a future where the oceans are devoid of life?

We were kicking around such notions at our surfboard-lookin’ table at Coconut’s Fish Cafe as we anticipated our seafood feast.


Tomato pasta sauce with passata We’d arrived at the 11 a.m. Tomato pasta sauce names opening bell. Homemade tomato pasta sauce jamie oliver Forty-five minutes later, the line of chatting diners was literally out the door. Quick and easy homemade pasta sauce “Sometimes that door doesn’t get a chance to close, and we’re appreciative,” said Dan Oney, a co-owner with wife Frances and father-in-law/founder Michael Phillips.

Phillips is the California entrepreneur who started with pizza restaurants, segued to cellphone stores and then retired to Hawaii. Tomato pasta sauce thermomix Later he “unretired” and opened his first Coconut’s in Maui in 2009 and brought in his daughter and her husband. Best homemade spaghetti meat sauce Coconut’s has presences in Arizona and Texas. Homemade pasta sauce recipe from scratch Franchises are available and spreading.

Menu: It stars mahi-mahi (aka dolphin fish), ono (wahoo) and ahi (yellowfin tuna) in tacos, on buns, in bowls over brown rice, and as fish ’n’ chips. 4 cheese sauce recipe for pasta The fish are grilled, seared, fried and dressed up in various flavor profiles (blackened, Cajun, Asian, “South of the Border” and butter-salt-and-pepper). Homemade pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes Along for the swim are breaded and fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, calamari, ahi poke, seafood chowder, seafood pasta and salads.

Price point: Given how costly seafood is in general, the prices don’t seem unreasonable ($9 to $16, many items with brown rice or french fries, coleslaw and sliced tomato). How to make homemade pasta sauce Compare that to an a-la-carte McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich for nearly $4. Tomato pasta sauce calories Non-seafood items range from $6 to $11.

Ambiance: Open, airy and welcoming, with a flood of natural light. Homemade italian pasta sauce The blond-wood tables look just like surfboards (some with skegs), the polished-concrete floor is striking, a TV plays a loop of surfers carving waves, and paintings of Hawaiian fish decorate a wall above the order counter. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch for canning A patio with green umbrellas takes care of the overflow.

Drinks: Maui Brewing Co. Easy homemade pasta sauce beers are on four taps, with a fifth tap that rotates local craft suds. Best homemade spaghetti meat sauce recipe The sixth is given to excellent pineapple cider from the nine-flavor Ace line of ciders made by California Cider Co. Tomato pasta sauce for meatballs in Sebastapol. Homemade spaghetti sauce from canned tomatoes It’s sweet-tart with just the right carbonation. Sauce for pasta not tomato Also: fresh-brewed unsweetened passionfruit and mango iced teas, coconut water and other bottled drinks, and a standard soda dispenser.

Service: The fast-casual template works like this: Order and pay at the counter; grab utensils and napkins; a server will deliver your food to your table. Making a tomato sauce for pasta Though the place was jammed the day we visited, the staff stayed efficient and professional, despite a dispute between two impatient customers over who had staked a claim to a recently vacated table.

First impressions: The fish was moist and fresh. Sauce for pasta crossword clue The mound of raw ahi poke had plenty of garlic, green onion, soy sauce, wasabi and ginger. Homemade pasta bake sauce recipe For fish ’n’ chips, filets of mahi-mahi and ono had been coated in seasoned bread crumbs, fried and served with better-than-average fries. Homemade tomato spaghetti sauce recipe “We want you to taste the fish, not batter,” Don Oney said.

“Local Style” plates are Coconut’s take on the plate lunch, the archetypal Hawaiian meal that derived from the Japanese bento box – but with brown rice (where was the flavor?) instead of white. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce The grilled Asian-style mahi-mahi and Cajun-style ono were outstanding.

We expected an actual taco shell or a tortilla to be part of the Fish Taco Mountain, but the concept is a “mountain” of food on a bed of more brown rice and coleslaw. Sauce for pasta without tomatoes Chunks of grilled mahi-mahi and ono top it, with two tasty salsas. Simple homemade pasta sauce Want an actual fish taco? Order under the “Tacos” heading.

Coconut’s sauces are a big deal, as they’re from-scratch and delightful – mango salsa, organic tomato salsa, dill-flecked tartar and red cocktail. Homemade red pasta sauce recipe Ditto for the coarse-chopped coleslaw, spiked with coconut milk and wasabi. Fresh tomato pasta sauce recipe nz It’s a refreshing change from the usual macaroni salad so ubiquitous in Hawaii.