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Taverna burger
CPB House Burger

TAVERNA

CPB House Burger

It’s happy hour as I admire the view from Taverna’s outdoor patio overlooking the putting greens at Kapalua’s Plantation Golf Course. The day is overcast but comfortable, and a light breeze wafts through as I sip a Kohola Brewing Lahaina Haze Pale Ale. The citrus- and pine-forward IPA will pair perfectly with my forthcoming CPB House Burger. It’s been some time since I’ve had this ‘Aipono Award-winning sandwich created by chef Roger Stettler at his former restaurant Cow Pig Bun (hence the “CPB” in its name). And it arrives just as I remember: a half-pound of Hawai‘i Ranchers ground beef, chargrilled to a juicy medium-rare, and topped with a generous melted cap of aged Gruyère cheese. The burger is layered with thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, sweet caramelized onions and a shmear of roasted garlic-bacon aioli. Sandwiched inside a golden brioche bun, this is gourmet perfection.

2000 Village Road, Kapalua | 808.667.2426 | tavernamaui.com | IG/FB @tavernamaui

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