Maui is known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world – and for good reason. Plunging Valleys and a gorgeous coastline continue to attract hordes of tourists who want to explore this island paradise. These tourists will also frequent some of the island’s wonderful dining spots – however, there is so much opportunity to enjoy great menu items that the choice can be overwhelming. So how does one choose which dining establishment will reward exploration?
The answer is to eat where the locals eat – here are some great choices that remain favorites with the island’s local population.
Big Beach BBQ (Kukui Mall).
Ingredients are fresh and seasonal and both seafood and classic BBQ dishes glow with authentic island tastes. Both the Kiawe pulled pork and the Fresh Fish Tacos are dishes that should not be missed.
The Hali’imaile General Store (900 Hali’imaile Road).
This restaurant was once the company store for a pineapple plantation on the slopes of Haleakala. It still boasts that ‘country kitchen’ feel – but punches way above its weight class with dishes such as the Coconut Seafood Curry and a host of other great seafood (and other) choices it offers an exceptional American / Asian fusion dining experience.
Cheeseburger (811 Front St, Lahaina).
More than just a burger joint this restaurant, which is spread over two floors serves up a great great Loco Moto. But if you are going to try a cheeseburger go with the classic island tastes of the kalua pork and chargrilled pineapple. The views alone make any visit worth the effort. You can see how clean and well maintained the restaurant is. It is a must to maintain the cleanliness of your restaurant and should every restaurant has a grease trap. Let your grease trap clean from grease trap services.
Paia Fish Market Southside (Paʻia town).
A great destination for the entire family. Informal counter service type dining fits perfectly into the laid back vibe of the island. The tacos are great and the fish tacos, in particular, are filled to the brim with fresh flavor. Huge portions mean that even the biggest of appetites will be satisfied.
Eating out on Maui is an adventure. Visitors who follow the locals will be rewarded by some of the best meals available on the island – and some of the most friendly service in paradise.