Going out to dinner is an adventure with Kieran and Ronan, but having young children hasn’t stopped me from taking a break from cooking and cleaning. In fact, I love going out to dinner even more now that I’m a mom. I think I cried the first night I went out to dinner after having a baby. I appreciated the meal even more because I didn’t have to cook it myself. It could have been the hormones, too. Either way, I love to dine at restaurants and we have taken our boys out to dinner since they were wee babes. The first restaurant we took Kieran to was the Ruby’s Diner in Huntington Beach, California when he was about 1 month old. He doesn’t remember that night, but I sure do.
Fast forward nearly 7 years to last week. I asked the boys where they wanted to take their daddy to dinner for his birthday and they both agreed on Ruby’s Diner at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului, Maui. This is a perfect place for families to celebrate special milestones. Ruby’s Diner, the 1940s inspired eatery, offers an “All-American” menu complete with burgers, fries and malts. I opted for the tasty Maui Cattle Co. 1/2 lb. Premium Burger with avocado, lettuce and tomato and Ruby’s special sauce. This was a burger to remember. So ono! Jon ordered the Seared Ahi Burger with endless french fries and he said it was cooked just perfectly. The boys were super happy with their chicken fingers and hot dog and fries. All the boys enjoyed milkshakes for dessert.
The best part of the night was the awesome attention the staff gave Jon for his birthday. They announced to the entire restaurant that there was a special birthday guest and clapped and sang on their way from the kitchen to our booth to present an ice-cream sunday with a birthday candle. The boys thought it was hilarious. I asked the boys what they liked the most and it was a tie between the cars they got at the start of the night to build and decorate with stickers and the gum ball they got at the end of the night. We love Ruby’s Diner and the awesome staff made sure we wanted to come back soon! Oh, and kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 pm! Aloha, June Harper p.s. Enjoy more photos in the slideshow below!