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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:
tastings restaurant
honolua general store
cafe o'lei
sansei
mala
haliimaile general store
lahaina fish market
aloha mixed plate
saigon cafe
da kitchen

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Mos

      > Honokowai Okazuya & Deli

      Oh yeah, I loved that place. Excellent grilled fish and side of stir-fried vegetables. Watching them work the hot grill while you imagine taking your food back to your condo's breezy lanai makes you want to put a little extra in the tip jar. :-)

    2. 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.