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Unique Chow In Maui

I will be taking my first trip to Hawaii at the end of May, and I am looking for some good places to eat. My hotel is near Front Street in Lahaina, but I will be travelling all over the island during the trip (Hana, Wailea, Nakalele). I would like some unique Maui restaurant recommendations, not just the best restaurants, and places that feature local foods. Places already on my list are the Old Lahaina Luau and Aloha Mixed Plate. Can anyone point me in the direction of other places that do not exist anywhere else? Thanks.

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  1. Hali`imaile General Store: http://www.bevgannonrestaurants.com/h...

    It's upcountry, but not a bad drive at all. I would not miss it. If you feel that a drive back, after a dinner is too much, do lunch.

    There are other good recs. up lately, but I won't list all of the "usual suspects," as the general tenor is not necessarily "Unique to Mau`i."

    Hunt

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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      Canoes on the other side of the island was great two years ago.

      1450 Front Street where Front meets the Honoapiilani Highway. Phone 808-661-0937

      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Thanks for the recommendation and the link. It looks like a good place after my trip to Haleakala. Anything unique on the way back from Hana?

      2. Consider Mala as a regular meal option in Lahaina. Not "uniquely Maui", but it's a good place for reliably, good grub. It is on Front street. Long street so i'm not sure how far down/up you are. I usually have breakfast or lunch there, and really like eggs benedict (it is hard to find a good benni on Maui without breaking the bank), the Ahi Burger and the spicy lamb pita.

        Another option for the Haleakala trip: La Provance in Kula, on Lower Kula Road. Our favourite stop after hang-gliding for al-fresco brunch with fabulous espresso and freshly baked pastries & tarts.

        You will definately want to check out Wailuku town for Sam Satos (for mochi) and Komoda T Store & Bakery in Makawao for the best cream puffs and malasadas - both uniquely Maui.
        Sam Satos is in the Wili Pa Loop, and Komoda's is on Baldwin Road.

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        1. re: TanQ10

          I have seen Mala come up often as a "regular meal" option in Maui. My hotel is by the banyon tree. The menu is very expensive in my opinion. First, it is worth the price as a splurge meal; second, are all restaurants in Maui similarly priced? Thanks for the recommendations!

          1. re: Sacto_Damkier

            Ya, Maui is quite $$ to eat out regularly. Mala: i usually do brekkie & lunch ( least expensive meals). I haven't done dinner, so cannot say if it will be worth it as a splurge. I do recommend David & Paul's or Gerard's for splurge meals. Gerards is my favourite, esp the garden-patio seating area - they are both in Lahaina.

            1. re: Sacto_Damkier

              I disagree with the perception that Mala is expensive relative to other high-end dining options on Maui. For $100 (incl. tip) 3 of us shared 4 small plates, a dessert and had a couple of glasses of wine. IMO the variety of menu options, the presentation and the portion sizes make the prices seem quite reasonable.

              1. re: brokergal

                I do not mind paying a large sum of money on a meal, but I can only do it once on the trip and want to make sure it is a good value. Breakfast & lunch will likely be coffee and picnic sandwiches on the island, so I am only looking for dinner spots.

          2. You can try the winery there (http://www.mauiwine.com/index.html) and get the pineapple wine for novelty.

            1. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/384453

              A nice up to date list of Maui dining. Not sure the link will lead you to what you want..but worth reading through

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              1. re: Jesdamala

                Thanks for the link; I will be watching that one as well. Unfortunately, my budget is not big enough to catch all the fancy spots on Maui, and I rarely go to the high-end places at home anyway. Here in Sacramento we have a wide variety of cuisines, qualities, and price ranges, so that is why I am looking for the unique Maui place.

                1. re: Sacto_Damkier

                  These won't break the bank and are uniquely Maui (well, things I'd miss if i left Maui):

                  Malasadas - Komoda's (see above)

                  Mochi - Sam Satos, Wailuku (see above). There's also frozen mochi, but the best kind are at Bubbies in Honolulu. They package a frozen version, found in most supermarket freezer section.

                  Poki - i get mine from the Safeway deli in Kahului, they have a great wasabi mix tuna.

                  Shave Ice - well, not unique to Mau, but you gotta try the little place in Kihei, Maui Espresso & Shave Ice, in front of the Rainbow Mall.

                  I would have mentioned Azeka;s Ribs but they closed last year.

                  Ajiyoshi's - on Hoohana Street, in Kahului. Local hole-in-the-wall lunch place serving up a mix of Japanese/Korean/Hawaiian dishes. Get the bento box.

                  -T

              2. Thanks to everyone on this chain. I think that I have some good places to eat. I will be going to Mala, Da Kitchen, Aloha Mixed Plate, Old Lahaina Luau, and Pa'ia Fish Market. I am trying to decide on a place that serves an awesome Maui Onion Soup. I love the basic french onion soup, and would love to try this on Maui if possible. Any recommendations? Thanks as always.

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                1. re: Sacto_Damkier

                  Try Chez Paul in Olowalu (about 4 miles south of Lahaina) a beatutiful little place
                  with a good menu and the aforementined soup. Bon Appetit!