Brick Oven scores a touchdown

It’s Monday Night Football, and I want to watch the game with my friends, but I don’t want to slave over the stove. Subway sandwiches was last week; I want some substance, and something affordable. Of course I had to pick my kids up from school, and needed to get prepared for the game quickly. I used my Monday brain — what was left of it — and came to a solution.  ‘My kids love pizza — that’s it,’ I thought to myself. Okay, take-out? No, my house isn’t ready on this Monday night for a football game party. So where can I go with my family and friends to watch the game and still be nice to my pockets? Well, I found the best solution to my problem in Wailua. The second of its kind on this island: Brick Oven Pizza.

Ever since it opened in Wailua, the Eastside has welcomed the pizza establishment with open arms. I have friends that used to drive to Kalaheo to the first Brick Oven restaurant from Kapa‘a, but now it’s just five minutes away from their home. As you check in on Mondays and Thursdays for the buffet nights, you will be greeted with a smile and escorted to your table. When you sit down, they immediately ask you for your drink selection (cold drinks for the adults, after a long day at work). You can pre-order your pupus; I ordered the sautéed mushrooms with garlic and parmesan cheese. It was perfect, and I sure cleaned that plate up with no help. Then you can order your food as you watch the football game on one of the three flat-screen TVs. They even give your kids raw bread dough to play with; of course it’s to keep the kids occupied as you wait for your food orders. In the middle of the room, you will find the bartender fixing up his special drinks, so no be shame — go for it and order what you want.

Since it is buffet night on Mondays and Thursdays, you can help yourself to Buffalo wings, pizza, salad, soup, and pasta at exactly 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. The room is so large you can even host a pizza party for your kids or family members. It was a great spot for Monday Night Football, and the food hit the spot. I felt really relaxed for a Monday night, and knew I had no dishes to wash after, which made smile all night. Sometimes you just have to go out and enjoy Kauai’s restaurants.

If you live here, you know all about the first Brick Oven Pizza restaurant that was open in Kalaheo back in 1977, and is still there. I also learned an inside tip about their future plans. Waiter Sean Hiranaka of Kapa‘a said, “Brick Oven Pizza’s owners are planning on opening up another branch of Brick Oven Pizza in Kapolei, O‘ahu in a couple of months.” Wow, Kaua‘i’s favorite pizza spot is branching off to O‘ahu, so if you ever move or visit O‘ahu, and want a piece of Kauai, just head on over there to the Kapolei restaurant.

For more information on when the O‘ahu restaurant will open, call Sean or the owners at (808) 823-8561 Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Go ahead and bring the kids, your spouse, your friends, or go there to escape the crazy Monday work flow after work, you know you need to unwind. But when you get there, make sure you bring an empty stomach and cheer on your favorite football team. You will be surprised how relaxed and comfortable you feel there, as you make your own personal pizza touchdown.

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