Christened for the Mokihana tree that grows on the island, Moki's name nods to its menu's Hawaiian cultural heritage. Chefs adorn seafood, beef, pork, and chicken with homemade sauces, whipping up the traditional Hawaiian mixed plates that have been lauded by Deseret News. Servers then place the steaming plates, fresh salads, and cold shakes atop tabletops in the festive dining room, where vibrant tropical decor and cheerful island knickknacks speckle the walls. Moki's supplements its casual dining area with a charming gift shop of island-inspired goodies and souvenirs, and the restaurant's drive-thru supplies cars, trucks, and low-flying parasails with freshly made takeout meals. The restaurant also offers extensive catering services for private parties and special events, providing clients with amenities such as whole-roast pigs, fire-breathing shows, and luau-dance performances.
Siragusa’s husband-and-wife team, Ross and April, silence chattering stomachs with a sizable menu of dishes that they prepare fresh upon ordering. Begin the feast by dipping breaded morsels of fried zucchini in a cucumber dill sauce ($4.95), and then mouth-tackle a chicken alfredo pizza garnished with roasted garlic, red onions, and artichoke hearts ($8.25). Grandpa Tom's pork osso bucco ($11.50) follows a beloved patriarch's recipe and ignores his chalkboards of elaborate chemical equations for slow-roasting a succulent shank in zesty tomato and vegetable sauce before nestling it atop fettuccine. The pan-seared veal provencale simmers in a scrumptious jacuzzi of olive oil and white wine and marches to the table alongside scallions, garlic, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and roasted rosemary potatoes ($12.95). For dessert, go into confectionary conniptions over a cannoli ($3.75), or cool off after a heated exchange with a hand puppet by dipping into a bowl of spumoni gelato ($2.75).
At Mo’s Place, diners dig into timeless American dishes and tear apart smoky barbecue fare on the weekends. The breakfast rib-eye steak with eggs and hash browns fills bellies for the day ahead, and the lunchtime double BLT sports three pieces of toast, six strips of bacon, and more tomatoes than the home garden of a vegetable archivist. On Friday and Saturday nights, the eatery stays open late to serve smoked meats, barbecue sandwiches, and hot wings.
Named after a Cantonese phrase for “let's eat a great meal together,” Open Rice Restaurant brings diners together with hearty portions of flavorful Chinese cuisine. Chefs glaze shrimp in a ruby-hued sweet-and-sour sauce, roll pork chops in breadcrumbs to form pork tonkatsu, and sauté lo mein noodles that patrons snare with chopsticks or inhale through a straw. Brightly colored walls and wood paneling echo the menu's simple, straightforward approach.
Jars of Korean kimchi and delicate spheres of salmon roe dot Dahn Sushi’s kitchen, adding artful flourishes to a menu of classic Japanese cuisine. Sushi, the restaurant’s specialty, ranges from dainty duos of eel nigiri to hand rolls packed with tuna, octopus, or red snapper. Diners can belly up to the sushi bar and take notes as they watch the chefs chop, slice, and roll their creations into vibrant spreads, some of which look like friendly caterpillars. In addition to serving small groups within the scarlet dining room, Dahn's staff delivers giant platters of sushi to parties, meetings, and mermaids’ swim meets.