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We’re spending 7 nights at the Westin Villas North (Sunday through Saturday night) and our last night in Maui at a B&B in Upcountry, to visit the crater and most importantly, eat at least one meal at HGS! We’re taking the red-eye back to the SF Bay Area on Monday night (flight leaves 10:30pm on Monday).

We're starting and finishing our trip with lunch and dinner at Mama's. Restaurants currently on our list include the following: Java Jazz for coffee, Plantation House for breakfast/brunch, Hula Beach Bar for apps & drinks, and Mala's Ocean Tavern for lunch and dinner. We ate at all of these restaurants (some multiple times) during our last visit to Maui two years ago and enjoyed them all very much.

Restaurants we're considering this time that are new to us include Sensai, Merriman’s, Spago, Tommy Bahama’s, Sea Watch and Flat Bread Company. Restaurants we visited previously that didn't make this year's list include Pacific O, Lahaina Grill, Lahaina General Store, Gazebo, Aloha Mixed Plate, Honokowai Okazuya & Deli, Maui Tacos and Paia Fish Market.

From the restaurants we’re considering, which restaurants should we add to this year’s “must do” list? Are there other restaurants we should consider for our trip? We find it difficult to eat more than two meals a day and don’t think we’ll do much cooking (if any) at our condo.

Last time, we toured Hana (traveled by car and helicopter) and did a Trilogy snorkeling/Zodiac boat tour of Lanai, so this time we’d like to do a day trip to Wailea and take the ferry on our own to Lanai. We’ll probably also do Teralani’s sunset sail. Not sure if we should do the Lavender farm tour or the Surfing goat farm tour (I love goat cheese, but husband isn’t a fan). Don’t think we’ll visit the winery since we live in the Bay Area and visit wine country often.

Where should we have lunch in Lanai? Who offers the best weekend brunch in West Maui or on the way to Upcountry? Should we add Feast at Lele to our list? Where should we eat if we tire of eating seafood and/or heavy restaurant meals? I’m a die-hard foodie, but husband values views/atmosphere/service over the actual food itself.

I’ve reviewed Bill Hunt’s numerous posts, as well as other frequent contributers to this board, to be extremely helpful in coming up with my preliminary restaurant list. Thanks in advance to your continued help!

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  1. Though it was last Dec. (some really frown on any report that is less than six hours old), I did a review of Merrimans, plus many others. If you do not mind "ancient history," maybe this article will be of use: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598400

    Aloha,

    Hunt

    PS for those, who insist on hourly reviews, I'll be back at the end of Oct. and early Nov. Those reviews will be posted after that trip.

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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      Thanks, Bill. We're in Maui 11/1 through 11/9. I used your post from 2/09 (the one you referenced above), along with many others, to develop our list for this year's visit. It was very helpful! :-)

      1. re: cvhound

        Glad that I could help. Maui has some great food, at all levels. Most of our dining is at the upper-end, but there are others, who have furnished great reviews of lower-end eateries, that are great, as well.

        Enjoy, and please post your reviews. We'll be there in a week, or two, of your visit, so I might pick up some great tips. I'll do the same, but right now, with but a few exceptions, we'll likely do similar.

        Aloha,

        Hunt

    2. We did the Teralani Sunset Sail and it was really fun. They had a pretty decent appetizer spread, local beers on tap and lots of alcohol if you can stomach it on a boat.

      I would also highly recommend the flatbread pizza place in Paia and the Feast at Lele.

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      1. re: downtownbrown

        "We did the Teralani Sunset Sail and it was really fun."

        Good to know. Some years back, we had some older family members on O`ahu, and did similar, just for them. We were pleasently surprised at the quality of the food on that particular sunset cruise. Now, the wine list was a bit bleak, but what did I expect?

        Good info to know, just like which lu`aus are really worth attending.

        Mahalo, and aloha,

        Hunt

        1. re: downtownbrown

          We're hoping to fit in a snack at the Flat Bread company towards the end of our trip. Not sure yet about Feast at Lele. We may decide to spend that money at Spago instead...

          1. re: downtownbrown

            DTB, we didn't make it to Flatbread Company in Paia, but we did the Teralani original sunset sail with our cousins and had a total blast! We thought it was a great bargain given the variety and quality of drinks served throughout the evening and the assortment of ample appetizers included in the $59/pp price. We did the Scotch Mist sail from Lahaina later in the week and wished we'd done the Teralani cruise again instead.

            Thanks again for the Teralani rec!

          2. Definitely Spago for dinner. Get the tasting menu.

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            1. re: mnadel

              Thanks for the tip about the tasting menu. I knew about the tuna cones, but hadn't heard much about their tasting menu.

              1. re: cvhound

                Mnadel, we didn't make it down to Wailea, but we're planning to check out Spago during our next visit to Maui. We've never stayed in Wailea, so that's where we're planning to stay the next time!

            2. DTB, we didn't make it to Flatbread Company in Paia, but we did the Teralani original sunset sail with our cousins and had a total blast! We thought it was a great bargain given the variety and quality of drinks served throughout the evening and the assortment of ample appetizers included in the $59/pp price. We did the Scotch Mist sail from Lahaina later in the week which actually cost more than the Teralani cruise. After doing both, hubby and I agreed that the Teralani cruise was a much better deal! Would definitely recommend Teralani over Scotch Mist.

              1. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to my original post. Here are some links where I've posted my thoughts on the restaurants we visited last week. Hope to post my remaining reviews shortly. Thanks again for all your help!

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/662298
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/666006

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                1. re: cvhound

                  No. Thank you for the time to post these reviews. They will help others in the future.

                  We're with you on Wailia. We have never stayed, though we have traveled there. Like Mama's and Bev Gannon's, lunch is good, but dinner is great. Also, places like Joe's and Spago are not open for lucnch, so one must stay to do dinner. We'll be there on the next trip too.

                  Aloha,

                  Hunt

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                  Spago
                  3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753