Excerpt about the Mai-Kai from the Broward Palm Beach New Times:
Since opening in 1956, the Mai-Kai has been the type of place where you can drown in a flaming scorpion bowl, order a potent tiki drink, or watch a live Polynesian dance show all while listening to tunes from from a real ukulele. And it’s not something to take for granted; today, the restaurant stands as a landmark of sorts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mai-Kai is one of only a handful of authentic tiki establishments still in operation nationwide. Many know it as host to the annual Hukilau, a four-day celebration of tiki culture. Others frequent it for its long list of original cult cocktails, potent drinks served in a shipwreck inspired bar. Mai-Kai is now the longest continually running tiki bar in the country, and they whip up a damned fine island-inspired drink. The menu offers more than 20 original variations, a wide selection of beverages in an array of potencies from the nonalcoholic Tahitian Paradise (a blend of strawberries, pineapple, orange juice, and coconut), to the mild Hemingway-inspired daiquiri, strong-ass Mai Tais, and goblets of booze that can quench the thirst of an entire table. The 600-seat restaurant is more than just a place to scarf down some solid Sichuan, Hunan, Cantonese, and Vietnamese-inspired cuisine, however. Take a trip back in time via a walk along the moat- and waterfall-lined garden outside the dining room, adorned with large tiki statues. Then stay for the daily dinner-and-a-show featuring Polynesian drums and fire dancing.