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Down-under restaurant awash in specials
News-Journal copy editor David Money dined recently at Kiwi’s Down Under with his Michigan friends Debbie and Larry Meyers and their two nephews. Kiwi’s is so named because the owners are from New Zealand where the kiwi is the national bird.
Q. How long did you have to wait to be seated?
It took no time to find a nice booth big enough for the five of us. But, if there is a wait for dinner, there are two full bars for before-dining refreshments. One of the bars has a pool table and two electronic dart boards for those so inclined to pass the time.
Q. What’s on the menu?
Specials. The place is specials central. Daily specials include the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet on Friday and Saturday that runs from the dinner hour until closing. Crab legs are the big draw in that food lineup. Early-bird specials also run daily from 4 to 7 p.m.
The regular menu is filled with appetizers such as fried mushrooms, steamed crab legs and “not for the timid” Buffalo shrimp. Also, there are salads, soups, wings, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. Prime rib, baby back ribs, steak, chicken and various seafood complete the entree offerings.
Q. What did y’all order?
My friends’ nephews and I ordered the blackened catfish with coleslaw and Key West-style vegetables, a tasty blend of oven-roasted potatoes, green and red peppers, and yellow and orange carrots. The catfish is beautifully blackened on the outside and sweet on the inside. My friends ordered medium wings that came with carrots, celery and a choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing. They were impressed with the number of wings and their nicely spiced flavor.
The younger of the two nephews also was impressed with his dish. He cleaned his plate before I was even halfway finished. When I commented on his speed and determination to complete his meal he grinned and said: “I was just really hungry.”
Q. Would you go back?
Yes, in fact, I already have.
Q. How much did it cost?
We were there for the early-bird special. And, with our food, we ordered three teas, one Pepsi and one beer. The bill and tip for the five of us was $54.73.
Kiwi’s Down Under
WHERE: 65 Dunlawton Ave., under the Dunlawton Bridge, Port Orange
HOURS: Dining room: 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday (bar open until 11 p.m.), noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (bar until midnight), noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
MISCELLANEOUS: Major credit cards accepted. The restaurant has handicapped parking and is accessible.
PHONE: (386) 322-1708
WEB SITE: www.kiwispub.com
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