Hawaii Eats


So. I was in Maui last week and it was the. best. trip. ever.

I love all vacations (duh), but this one was really pretty perfect. We got a lot of sleep, and lots of sun. We hiked and napped, and swam and read. And saw lots of Hawaii creatures (lizards, snails, slugs, oh my). And… we ate.

We plotted each meal as if it were our last – we asked locals for recommendations, read through Yelp reviews, and one time basically just let our waiter order for us. So – here is a quick rundown of where we ate, and what we ate. This is likely 0% interesting to you, so you don’t have to read. But I wanted to have a good list to refer to when we return to Maui next year ; )


Here’s a quick rundown…

Monkeypod: We had Lobster Deviled Eggs (had to try), Blackened Pineapple Salad, and amazing amazing Seared Ahi. Plus tropical cocktails to kick off vacation!
Paia Fish Market: We shared Ono and Mahi burgers, and Maui Brewing Co. Bikini Blonde Lagers. Best lunch of my life.

Mama’s Fish House: Apparently this is the best restaurant on the island! It was pretty good, but not our favorite meal. If we return, I think we’ll go during sunset instead of after…it’s right on the beach and I’m sure the view is great. We had Shashimi with Hawaiian Salts, Shrimp Wontons and Lobster and Crab Stuffed Mahi. The Mahi was great. Also, some elaborate shell-shaped dessert, which was surprisingly good.

Road to Hana: We packed lunches and snacks for our adventure, but bought two yummy treats along the way — Banana Bread from Halfway to Hana, and Bourbon and Vanilla Roasted Coconut Chips from one of the roadside vendors.

Cool Cat Cafe: We were exhausted after a day of driving, and arrived in Lahaina on the later side – around 8:30pm. Brett was craving a burger so we went to Cool Cat. Burgers were actually pretty good, but we have better burgers in NY, so this can be skipped next time (unless a craving calls for it!)
Shark Pit: According to Yelp, this food truck is the #6 best place to eat in the USA. We had fish and shrimp tacos, and they were pretty bomb.com. Plus a strawberry basil lemonade from the lemonade truck in the same lot. Really good lunch, but Paia Fish Market takes the prize.

Sansei: A+++ sushi. Omg. Their signature roll is Panko-Crusted Deep Fried Ahi Shashimi Sushi… it’s insane. We also had tempura shrimp (always a good choice), tuna carpaccio with peanuts and cilantro, and a special roll with Hawaiian Mackerel.

Lahaina Luna: So this place is #27 on Yelp’s list, butttt I don’t really think it deserves to be there! It was pretty good, but not that memorable. We had soba noodles with blackened mahi, tacos, and their “crazy” fries.
Hula Grill: For a restaurant that sits right in the middle of a few resorts, Hula Grill was really good. We shared some Mahi and a Hawaiian Pizza.
Leoda’s: We stopped here for sandwiches on the way to Whale Watching. Apparently their pies are really good, so we’ll have to try that next time. We got two tuna sandwiches – one Ahi with avocado and melted cheese (both of our favorite), and then a spicy tuna salad (also good.)
Star Noodle: Holy cow this place was good. We sat at the bar and basically let the bartender order for us – brussels sprouts, Filipino “bacon & eggs” (aka pork belly and a paoched egg), and Singapore noodles. Plus an insane ginger cocktail.
Flatbread Company: On our last day we returned back to Paia and got pizza at Flatbread Company, a bottle of wine, and returned to the beach. Being New Yorkers, we have very high standards for pizza, but this one passed the test.


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