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Secret Maui Dining Treasures

These are the BEST Local Dining Secrets

Finding good food in Maui is easy, we have some of the freshest, tastiest fruits and veggies around, fresh fish is a given--plus- Maui grass grazed cattle for superb flavor and quality.  But where to do you find the best kept dining secrets? Ask Diane! These are my top picks! (And if they don't keep up the goods, I take their name off this list)

Best Roy's Southside Maui- Humble Market Kitchin

September 25, 2019

We walked into the Lounge and the bartenders saw us and before we even settled into our chairs with our friends as guests, there were our two favorite cocktails waiting for us. On this night it was Kipper and Katie manning the bar and as always, we felt at home with our extended ohana. Try it and find the best happy hour on Maui- yes!  great views, fine food, good prices, super staff and a view to die for! 

That's A WRAP

September 06, 2019

Want to walk in grab a great wholesome organic bite for to enjoy on the beach and great juice mixers for your mini bottle of alcohol? This is the place for healthy, tasty creative combos for dining bliss.  Bowls, Buddha bowls, or wraps, nice price points of $10 for a bowl and $12 for a wrap.  Take away or eat in with BYOB. Open only until 5 PM. across from Kam I Beach in Kihei, in the Dolphin Plaza.

Terrific Thai!

February 14, 2019

DO you LOVE Thai Food?  I do- and this place is one of the best. Think Crispy Fish, Pad Thai, Pumpkin Curry or Braised Short Rib Curry....Flavors perfected by tried&true Thai culinary techniques... Brought to life using the freshest local Maui ingredients.  Think of it as "Traditional Thai Cuisine with a Modern Maui Twist."  There's truly is a difference in Thai Food, and the difference is flavor. Never saw a place with standing room only an hour after they open on a MONDAY. Call ahead for a table, the place is cozy and tucked away and well worth the wait.

Fork and Salad

January 27, 2019

Best little salad and fresh eats in Kihei at the Azeka Shopping Center. They make one called the Paniolo Salad ( Hawaiian for Cowboy) and it is fantastic. Its my go to on a busy day- one is plenty for two people with a little protein added on top.  There are two locations- one is in Kahului. Pick up on the way from the airport ( there is one by Target in Kahului) to your hotel/condo.  Enjoy great fresh food on the beach as soon as you land! Order them with dressing on the side and you have one for tomorrow!

Dine in and they have adult beverages as well. Fast and healthy.

Eat Like a Local- Nalu's South Shore Grill

November 07, 2018

Open air dining with chicks at the bar....real chickens pass through as you dine. A local favorite, they support the local community fund raising and relief efforts and gives back to Mauians. Sit under huge wooden outriggers and enjoy live music most days. Bar is fast and friendly, and counter order food- and its GREAT food. Breakfast lunch or dinner, never found a dish I did not like. Absolute fav?  Black and Blue Eggs Benedict- sauteed mushrooms and seared ahi added to your Eggs Benedict.

Yes I Do Eat at Food Trucks

June 07, 2018

Some of the best dining on Maui is "Take Out"  Food Trucks are the rage, and for a really good reason.  They have a limited menu and they pick their best dishes to showcase to delight their diners.  My fav? South Maui Fish Company, behind the Kihei Marketplace. Oh... and by the way it is the TOP RATED DINING experience  by Trip Advisor in KIHEI- YES! a TRUCK! Beware it is NOT FANCY! Grab a Poke Bowl and enjoy the freshest fish and tastiest pineapple cole slaw around. Take it to-go.... to the beach across the street and enjoy paradise, feet in the waves and great food in your tummy. Call ahead to check if they have run out of fish. Open 11 am til GONE.

Sit at the water's edge in Lahaina- really!

May 09, 2018

North of downtown Lahaina and along the ocean is a set of three restaurants that are all equally great in their own way. My favorite is Honu. Ahi bruchetta that is AMAZING and it can be made GLUTEN FREE!  Fresh fish, a burger choice and wood-fired oven pizza...what more could you want.  Oh, and did I mention you can sit right at the edge of the beach?? Great food, torches flaming, water swishing, boats bobbing...ahhh Lahaina!

June 24, 2017

The view!  The breeze!  Light Hawaiian music! Friendly bartenders!  "Nuff said.  Go there for a sunset cocktail and stay a while and just unwind...

Fine Dining -Superb Fish "Cuatro"

March 15, 2017

Small charming spot-it's for everyone! Be sure to call ahead for a reservation a few days ahead of time-BYOB, so you know the wine list will be good!  It's yours! The freshest fish offered in 4 different preparations, plus spicy ahi tuna nachos for starters- wow! This is my go-to -spot for a relaxing dinner out especially after a long weekend at the art fairs!

The Pint and Cork

March 15, 2017

Yes, they know our name here....Located in "The Shops at Wailea" it's a quick walk from home.(Conveniently next to Tiffany! Just kidding...) Open from 11am - 2am throughout the week, serving food until midnight with custom cocktails, local unique craft beers. Catch your favorite team, favorite sport, favorite people, every day and night in Wailea. The Rockefeller Deviled Eggs are our must-have snack, and the Warm Mushroom Salad is unique and amazing tasting. You will meet the greatest locals here, especially at happy hour.

Fat Daddy's Smokehouse

September 02, 2017

Almost too tiny for a good eat-in experience, but you can- with a full bar- the best smoked roasted chicken is best eaten as take out.  My favorite BBQ brisket, and the ribs are not bad but the chicken is over the top!!

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