Established in 1969, Charley's is an award winning Maui landmark. The restaurant is a reflection of the culture of Maui in the essence of its foods, and the warm spirit of entertainment and Aloha.
Paia is a former sugar plantation town. It's known for its large waves, big surf and the community is based around that culture. It's been a long time hangout for Willie Nelson, but in all honesty, you never know who you might be sitting next too....professional surfers, writers, artists and other rock stars.
Their version of Loco Moco was awesome. Pasture raised, hormone free, all natural 1/2 pound burger patty, with a scoop of white rice, mushroom gravy, 2 fried eggs and crispy fried onions.
I've thought of nothing but trying to recreate this treat since I left....so here goes!
1 lb Ground Beef (80/20)
1/2 sweet yellow onion, finely diced
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef stock (you may need more or less depending on gravy consistency)
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
2 eggs, over easy
1 cup white rice, divided
2 tablespoons French's fried onions, optional
For the hamburger; mix burger with yellow onion and season with salt and pepper. Form into two patties. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Cook patties about 2-3 minutes per side until medium rare. Remove from heat and keep warm on a plate, covered with tin foil.
For the gravy; add 2 tablespoons oil to the pan that you cooked the burger in (no need to clean the pan). Add the sliced mushrooms and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, then add garlic and stir. Next add the butter and stir, immediately adding the flour. Cook the flour for 1-2 minutes then gradually add the beef stock, whisking away any lumps (you may need to add more or less beef stock). Stir until gravy is thick, but smooth. Add Worcestershire and season with salt and pepper. I like to add my patties to the gravy to warm them up a bit and really coat them!
To serve; place 1/2 cup of rice on a plate. Top with the hamburger and slather with the gravy. Next place the eggs on top. To garnish, top with onions.
This is onolicious, as they say in Hawaii.
In Hawaii, "ono" means tastes really good.