Maui Chef CJ Suggests 6 BLT Variations for a 4th of July in Kaanapali

Maui Chef CJ Suggests 6 BLT Variations for a 4th of July in Kaanapali

A BLT variation includes Panini at CJs Deli in Kaanapali.What can be more American than a good old fashioned sandwich? And there may not be more American classic sandwich than the BLT. Still, who says a good thing can’t be improved or altered to create something new? Accordingly, below you’ll find the 6 variations of the classic BLT. Of course, if vacationing and you want to stick to the original BLT on Maui, you can count on finding the Traditional BLT on my Kaanapali restaurant menu available daily between 11 am to 8 pm. Add an order of French Fries and a Homemade Malt to recreat a Classic American Holiday Lunch BLT.

Maui Chef CJ’s 6 BLT Variations:

  • Meet the BLTA – Have you had a BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado)? If so, do you agree that adding a few slices of fresh avocado goes well with just about anything, including a BLT? Though the idea of adding Avocado to the BLT probably came from California where Avocados are often in abundance, just about any sandwich shop or deli in America will happily add Avocado to a BLT if they have it available.
  • Make a Pesto BLT – Swapping homemade pesto for the Mayonnaise on one of the sandwich bread halves or both changes the BLT flavors considerably and adds a little Italian flavor depending on how you prepare your pesto. Though it probably deviates a bit from the classic American sandwich, a little Pesto on a BLT may make you forget about the traditional BLT completely. Take it from a professional Maui Chef and the next time you have homemade pesto, save a little for on a BLT.
  • Use Homemade Aioli instead of Mayonnaise – Variations are endless when you prepare your own Aioli for BLT sandwiches. We like to prepare a house made roasted red pepper aioli or add a dash of saracha spice things up a little for BLTs we make for catered events. A little lemon juice and garlic are other variations for Aioli BLT Sandwiches. Not sure how to make Aioli? Use my Roasted Red Pepper Aioli recipe.
  • Make a BLT with PaniniInstead of toasted white bread, make a BLT with Panini, sourdough or other bread.
  • Use Arugula or Romaine Lettuce on a BLT – Swap out the leaf lettuce and use Romain or Arugula on your BLT. The nutty flavors of Arugula may be a welcome variation for BLT lovers or when lettuce isn’t available and you just gotta fulfill the urge for Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!!
  • BLT with Cheese – Not much to say about the goodness of adding a slice of cheddar or Swiss cheese melting on the hot bacon topped with tomato and lettuce for a tantalizing gooey BLT. A thin slice of melted Mozzarella adds a rich smooth taste to a BLT. Things get really interesting when you make a BLT with Arugula and Mozzarella.

The Classic Turkey Club Sandwich is on the menu at CJs Deli Diner in KaanapaliWant more than a BLT? The Club Sandwich is the answer for hearty eaters and is another American favorite found on deli menus everywhere! My Club Sandwich includes the usual BLT suspects of Bacon, Tomato and Lettuce along with Turkey and Cheddar Cheese with a third slice of toasted bread. We call it the Classic ClubHouse for only $9.95. The Classic ClubHouse and our other Awesome Sandwiches are served with a choice of Homemade Potato Salad, Chef CJ’s ColeSlaw, a fresh Green Salad or Chips. Add French Fries to any of our sandwiches for only $3. A complete plate meal in itself, our Hawaiian Style BBQ Kalua Pork Hoagie Sandwich is served with Grilled Pineapple, French Fries and Cole Slaw for only $11.

Transport yourself back in time to the traditional deli experience by combining the classic BLT with hot French Fries and a homemade Malted Homemade old fashioned ice cream sundae made with Roselani Ice Cream at CJs Maui restaurant.Milkshake. Our Malts, Milkshakes and Ice Cream Sundaes served in our Kaanapali restaurant are made using locally produced Roselani Ice Cream and decadent ingredients like Ghirardelli chocolate syrup. Our Hana Bar Sundae with Mango Syrup has won several awards and is a local favorite dessert on Maui. Take a look at our lunch and dinner menu for delicious Comfort Food! Our Maui restaurant in Kaanapali has been serving visitors to Maui and locals since 2002.

Planning a wedding and looking for inexpensive Maui catering ideas? How about a BLT Sandwich or Deli Sandwich Wedding Food Station? Customize your own sandwich menu for an affordable Maui wedding reception menu. Include classic sandwiches like the BLT, Club along with local island favorites like Mahi Mahi Sandwich or the BBQ Kalua Pork Hoagie for a low cost Maui catering option. For more affordable Maui catering ideas, request a complimentary catering estimate request below. Our no obligation Maui catering questionnaire makes it easy for you to share a few details about your wedding plans or Maui catered event.


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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