Is the Traditional Deli Gone? Great Deli Food in Kaanapali on Maui

Is the Traditional Deli Gone? Great Deli Food in Kaanapali on Maui

“People come here to get a little bit of the comfort of eating a deli sandwich …being at a place  is more than eating a deli sandwich, getting an experience. The experience of a deli is that you are somewhere people care about you, want you to leave happy, want you to think of this as their neighborhood place.”

CJs Maui Restaurant menu has been described as similar to Carnegie Deli in New York!Do you remember the old style deli in your neighborhood? Perhaps your early deli experiences were accompanying grandma to her favorite neighborhood deli. Ever indulged in cheesecake after a pastrami deli sandwich at Carnegie Deli in New York or bit into a pickle from Arties deli on Broadway? Did you finish a gigantic deli sandwiches at the famous Stage Deli before or after a Broadway show? All three are well known traditional New York neighborhood delis dating back decades with beginnings as family restaurants. Sadly, we’ve learned the Stage Deli closed at the end of November after more than 75 years serving deli sandwiches and comfort food. In a Huffington Post article announcing the Stage Deli closure, a video accompanied with a few quotes to explain the feelings provided by comfort food Famous deli sandwich menu at the Stage in New York. and the cultural connections of the deli and family restaurants:

“Like Smelling Grandmas Kitchen”

From Actor Jerry Stiller, “The delicatessen was more than just food. Something for the soul, the heart, that changed your life. Something you deserved after working your ass off all day”:

Deli Man Trailer from Erik Anjou on Vimeo.

We’rer writing our own deli history and keeping many of the old deli traditions alive at CJ’s Deli & Diner in Kaanapali! Though we are not kosher or Jewish, we serve great deli food with huge portions of comfort food like you’d find at a New York deli. CJs Comfort Zone is a West Maui neighborhood restaurant serving comfort food and deli sandwiches on Maui since 2002! Returning visitors make CJ’s Deli & Diner a must eat at restaurant on Maui at least once or twice during an annual visit to Maui. Some visit multiple times to enjoy our hearty homemade comfort food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Many are amazed to find an affordable restaurant on Maui in the heart of the Kaanapali serving homemade comfort food and staffed by the Chef and his family. CJ’s Deli Pastrami sandwiches are stacked a mile high. Maybe not quite as big as Carnies Deli, but almost!

When you vacation on Maui, enjoy a slice of the old deli nostalgia with a deli sandwich from CJ’s Deli & Diner. We are a family friendly affordable restaurant in the Fairway Shops at Kaanapali Resort. As probably expected from a neighborhood deli, CJ’s Comfort Zone Catering provides full service catering on Maui. With event planning skills and expertise gained from planning events around the world over the past 25 years, Chef Christian is one of Maui’s top caterers and wedding planners. Big or Small, We Cater Them All! Wedding Planning included with catered wedding receptions on Maui. Serve a Maui Pineapple Cheesecake at a catered oceanfront Maui wedding reception:


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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit