Get Transported to White Sandy Beaches With the Refreshing Taste of Pineapple and Rum
Written By: Ian Hays
Photographed By: Nathan Whelan Duke’s Mai Tai
Southern California is known for its pristine beaches and beautiful weather. But there is something about Hawaii that calls out to mainlanders. The water just seems a little bluer; the warmth in the air is just a little friendlier. Hawaii is synonymous with vacation. Unfortunately, we can’t just take a vacation whenever we want to the island paradise. But, Duke’s Huntington Beach is the next best thing to a Hawaiian vacation.
The restaurant is located along PCH, a stone’s throw from the water. On the beach below, you can see volleyball players, surfers and frequent sun-tanners. The restaurant is designed with upscale and chic beach bungalow décor. But what completes the Hawaiian vacation experience is their famous Mai Tai. The cocktail is served in a festive glass fashioned in a Polynesian tribal mask style. It also comes complete with a mini toothpick umbrella and pineapple slice.
But looks will only get you so far. It is the taste that really transports you to your favorite island resort. Duke’s Mai Tai is a trade secret. But, it does boast fresh Hawaiian juices and two kinds of rum. This expert blending not only quenches your thirst but slowly relaxes your muscles until your dining room chair is as comfortable as lounging on a white, sandy beach. Duke’s Mai Tai is also carefully crafted to pair well with their menu items. A Duke’s Mai Tai accompanied by their Crab Cakes and Preserved Lemon Remoulade? It’s a meal fit for anyone dreaming of that tropical paradise on a Tuesday afternoon.
The Father of Surfing
Duke’s Huntington Beach is named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, world famous surfer and swimmer. He won multiple Olympic medals in swimming, setting records along the way. He is also credited with bringing surfing to the masses and popularizing it everywhere ocean meets sand.
Spirit of Aloha
Duke’s and the T S Restaurants family run “Legacy of Aloha,” their charitable organization. It is “grounded in the spirit of giving without an expectation of receiving anything in return” with a focus on community outreach. They work to curb hunger, assist the elderly, save the environment and positively promote Hawaiian culture within each restaurant’s local community.
Duke’s Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
In Need of a Vacation? Head to Duke’s Huntington Beach for Their Famous Mai Tai