Surf into Wahini's
Good service, awesome food and smiling faces
Just as you come around the corner by the motel in Buxton
(heading south), you may have noticed a new restaurant on the right in
the building with Day Dreams Clothing. It's called Wahini's Surf Grill
and has "good service, awesome food and smiling faces" according
to an entry in their guest book.
Wahini means both "surfer"and "Polynesian woman" and
the décor reflects this with bamboo and colorful pictures of women
surfers. The menu contains a brief history of women and the sport of surfing.
The restaurant is even owned by three women – Dee, Susan and Komariah
("Kae"). (Interesting note: Kae is one of the former owners
It’s a very casual, fun atmosphere that draws natives, tourists
and surfers to Wahini's. Or maybe it’s the Gnarly Nachos, or the
half-pound burger on Texas Toast, or the burritos, or the Thai chicken
with “rooster sauce,” or the bacon cheeseburger burrito, or
the Pipeline chicken, or the homemade desserts or the wide selection of
beer and local wines.
And when Dee says they have local wines, she means it. They've
got Biltmore Estate wines and Richard Childress wines. (The NASCAR guy
who owned Dale Earnhardt's car? Uh-huh. He’s from North Carolina?
Uh-huh. He makes wine? Uh-huh. Who knew?)
To get a sense of the quality of the food at Wahini's, you should know
that Dee is a professionally trained cook from The Culinary Institute
in Washington, DC. She really, really knows what she’s doing. “I
hand cut every steak,” she said, “rib-eye, filet mignon, or
The food brings people back again and again. Wahini's hasn't been open
that long (this is their second year) but they’ve already developed
Did we mention the desserts? Things like Sweet Potato Pie, Apple Crumb
Cake and Big Fat Chocolate Cake are frequently on the menu. We tried the
apple crumb cake during our last visit, which came with whipped cream.
It was served at room-temperature and probably would have been even better
warm, but it disappeared before we could ask our extremely competent waitress
to heat it up for us.
Along with our apple crumb cake, we had 2 burritos, a glass of red wine,
iced tea, a yummy appetizer of shrimp and bacon on skewers with BBQ sauce
(a special) and we paid them a total of about $28.
Wahini's has a game room upstairs with a pool table and video touch screen
games. They also have cute decorations and sayings on the walls. I like
the flip flops nailed to the wall that look like walking feet. Shelby
likes the sign that says “Employees must wash mouth out with soap
before returning to work.”
And what about the cappuccinos and lattes they advertised at one point?
It didn't work out so well and they sold their espresso machine to Uncle
Eddy's ice cream shop. Don't worry, your intrepid reporter is on the trail
for you. I’ll track down the machine and see what’s happening
at Uncle Eddy’s.
Wahini's is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until
year-round except for the month of February. You may reach them at 252-995-4900.