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Trader Vic's Restaurant Review: This Polynesian-themed restaurant chain is back in town (many years ago, Trader Vic's offered mai tais in the Benson Hotel). In its current cavernous space in the heart of the Pearl District, full-on island décor prevails, with tribal masks, tiki carvings, woven-grass wall coverings and other indigenous South Seas artifacts. The bar and the cocktails that made the Trader Vic's brand famous offer a mini tropical escape with everything from multiple mai tai options to the Singapore Symphony. On the edible side, barbecue spareribs, crab Rangoon, and crispy prawns are the classic pupus, while dinners range from macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi to a hearty cowboy rib-eye. For dessert, banana fans will want to try the trio: bananas Foster, a frozen chocolate banana pop, and a banana fritter.