Even though it wasn’t a real vacation for us (we still had to work), we made sure to eat out a lot. That has been our favorite part of traveling so much, eating out. And Maui did not disappoint in the food department, that’s for darn sure. Here is our top five list of amazing eats on the island.
1) Choice Juice Bar: Local and organic fresh food, ‘nuf said! The food was phenomenal and the smoothie was delicious. Get the buddha bowl: healthy grains, vegan soup, and kale salad.
2) Star Noodle: Crazy long wait, but it was so worth it. Paid thai, brussel sprouts, garlic noodles, and roasted mushrooms were just a few of the items our group shared. The drinks were great and the dessert was even better. Get the malasadas (fried doughnuts with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces). Yum!
3) Pi Artisan Pizzeria: New pizza place on the north end of Front Street. If you are from Minnesota, it’s very similar to Punch Pizza.
4) Lahaina Pizza Company: Another great pizza place. I didn’t get to have a piece (dairy allergy) but Travis said it was amazing. The service was kinda crappy though.
5) Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop: Best pie ever! We actually went here three times. The food was really good, but the pie, WOW! Get the Banana Creme.
Here are the top two drink stops we made on the island.
Lorraine’s Shave Ice (Banana Bread): This women’s house/food stand is about 20 minutes passed the Nakalele Blowhole. And it is worth the frightening drive. The shave ice was wonderful. And yes, it’s shave ice, not shaved ice. Get the Lorraine special. And the banana bread was delicious. Big chunks of banana.
Maui Brewing Company: This place just opened up a new tap room and brewing facility. The grounds are beautiful and it looks like they did a great job of designing environmentally friendly. Love it! The beer that is brewed with pineapple was our favorite.
It’s never easy to pick a top five, so I wanted to give you the rest of the restaurants we dined at: Vineyard Food Company (catering), Down to Earth (cafe and grocery), Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon (great smoked tofu), Kō at the Fairmont Kea Lani, and Kimo’s. Those are in no particular order. Aloha!