i'll be in maui (mostly in wailea and lahaina) next week for six days with a group of eight from l.a. i'm looking mainly for budget conscious recommendations (entrees in teens), though we'll be splurging on two nice dinners. we're all in our late 20s/early 30s so *hip* spots would be nice but not necessary. also recs in wailea and lahaina for great breakfast/brunch will be greatly appreciated (i love pancakes!). THANKS!
places i'm thinking about:
honolua general store
haliimaile general store
lahaina fish market
aloha mixed plate
I just got back from a week in Maui and tried the following from your list.
Mala - Was excellent for one of the nicer dinners. I had a Snapper in a black bean sauce that was great! Great setting right on the ocean too. Highly recommended.
Aloha Mixed Plate and Da Kitchen were both very good and affordable.
Lahaina Fish Market - if that is the place on the lower road where you can buy seasoned fish to take home and cook, was also really good.
I took a lot of recommendations that I had seen on this board and also on Maui Jon's website http://mauihawaii.org (thank you Jon!)
Honokowai Okazuya & Deli - turned out to be one of the best finds. More affordable than the nice restaurants, but excellent quality for a plate lunch. Very tasty.
Gazebo in Napili - was great for breakfast. The pancakes looked pretty amazing though I had a fried rice plate with eggs and assorted breakfast meats that was excellent.
We also had a nice (but again a bit more expensive though still reasonable) dinner at an Italian tapas place called Vinos at a golf course in Kapalua. Apparently it's the sister restaurant to Sansei. They had a good $64 for 2 people tasting menu. You could also sample 2 oz tastes of different wines for $2-$3 each. It was a nice surprise.
For breakfast, you'll want to make sure to visit the Gazebo Restaurant, north of Lahaina in Napili Bay. The best pancakes and omlettes anywhere. Get there early (7:30 AM) or you'll want in line.
For your two splurges, I'd recommend Mamas and David Paul's.