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TnTGumbo Jun 5, 2011 02:01 PM

My husband and I will be in Maui later this month celebrating our 15th anniversary. We'll be staying on Kaanapali Beach. We would love ideas for some good casual lunch and dinner places, plus some nicer places to eat for lunch and dinner. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    TnTGumbo Jun 28, 2011 08:57 PM

    Thank you all for the suggestions! We are on our last night here, sad to say! We have dined at CJ's Deli for breakfast, Sunrise Cafe for breakfast, Leilani's and Lahaina Grill for dinner. The Crab Cake Benedict at CJ's (a breakfast special) was outstanding. Hubby got the breakfast tortilla with Portuguese sausage and eggs. It was very good. Don't expect them to skimp on the sausage! It will be ground, not in chunks, so a little goes a long way when you're building your tortilla. The breakfast burrito at Sunrise was mighty big and tasty. My husband got the breakfast special (2 pancakes an eggs, plus macademia nuts.) Note: when getting the special, the macademias are not mixed in the batter; they are ground and put on top. This does not detract from the yumminess! Now onto Leilani's. We tried ono (wahoo) two ways. The fried ono in my fish and chips was crispy, but not greasy. If you haven't tried ono before, it's surprisingly firm and yet much less fishy than you might expect. My husband's ono was in the fish tacos. The fish was grilled and came with a delicious salsa and guacamole. Our best meal for an upscale restaurant was at the Lahaina Grill. For an appetizer, we got the Shanghai Spring Rolls. They were the tastiest spring rolls we have ever had. For an entree, I ordered the sauteed mahi-mahi. My husband ordered the special, which was a panko-crusted onaga served with butternut squash risotto. For dessert, the triple berry pie and creme brulee were both outstanding! We could not speak more highly of anything we had at the Lahaina Grill! Thanks again! We look forward to returning to Maui!

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    Lahaina Grill
    127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761

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      Mimi Jun 24, 2011 07:38 PM

      We just got back from Maui and 2 delicious lunches at Monkey Pod Kitchen in Wailea. The Ho'opono Punch cocktail was delightfully light and refreshing and the beers on tap were chilled just right. The pizzas and sandwiches that we sampled were good and the pies (chocolate, coconut, and strawberry cream) were the best I've had in a long time. The worst meal of our trip was hands down at the Maui Brewing Company. The burger, fish and chips, and onion rings were all bland....not even salted. We weren't fans of the beers there either. Our server was pretty clueless as to the menu, as well. Hope you have a great trip!

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        Maui Jon Jun 22, 2011 06:30 PM

        Since you are staying on Kaanapali Beach, and there are several excellent restaurants on Kaanapali Beach, you might as well try those closest places first. Whalers Village is the shopping center in the middle of Kaanapali Beach, and the best restaurant in that center is Cane & Taro. Hula Grill and Leilani's are also very good in that same shopping center. The hotel restaurants on Kaanapali beach are much more expensive, and are not better than the restaurants in Whalers Village. Just outside of Kaanapali Beach, on the main highway, is CJ's Deli, an inexpensive restaurant that's good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

        Aloha,
        Maui Jon

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        Cane & Taro Restaurant
        147 Dickenson St, Lahaina, HI 96761

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          rexster314 Jun 23, 2011 09:20 AM

          Not digging at Maui Jon, but there's one discussion of Cane & Taro in CH discussion list and several postings in Yelp in regards to Cane & Taro that back up my experience there, which was not too good. Barefoot Bar and Hula Grill is by far better in quality of food and service IMO

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          Cane & Taro Restaurant
          147 Dickenson St, Lahaina, HI 96761

          1. re: rexster314
            scottca075 Jun 24, 2011 11:01 AM

            We love the TS Restaurants, Kimo's, Leilani's, Hula Grill and Duke's for lunch in the bar and at happy hour, we are less excited about them for dinner in the main dining rooms.

            We also love going to Honokowai Okazuya Deli and Mama's Ribs to get food to go for lunch or dinner to eat own our lanai.

            Fine dining, or at least more expensive, we like Plantation House, Merriman's, Japengo and David Paul's.

            For breakfast we like Sea House, the Gazebo, Pioneer Inn and Sunrise Cafe.

            Betty's Beach Cafe is another great place for happy hour.

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            Plantation House Restaurant
            2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

            Sea House Restaurant
            5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

            Pioneer Inn
            Lahaina, Lahaina, HI 96761

            Betty's Beach Cafe
            505 Front St Ste 120, Lahaina, HI 96761

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              syrahgirl Jun 24, 2011 01:46 PM

              We had a very nice, casual lunch at The Sheraton. They offer a nice selection of salads, sandwiches, etc. and have awesome drinks there. You can walk down to the beach after your meal, it is right at Black Rock. :)

        2. Bill Hunt Jun 9, 2011 09:09 PM

          For the higher-end restaurants, in that area, here are my recs.:

          Peter Merriman's Kapalua
          Gerard's in Lahaina
          I`O in Lahaina
          Lahaina Grill
          Banyan Tree @ The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua

          For more casual, here are my recs.:

          The Plantation House, Kapalua
          Sea House, Kaplua

          Enjoy,

          Hunt

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          Lahaina Grill
          127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761

          Banyan Tree
          1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI

          Plantation House Restaurant
          2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

          Merriman's Kapalua
          , Lahaina, HI 96761

          Sea House Restaurant
          5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

          Ritz Carlton
          Maui, HI, Maui, HI

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          1. re: Bill Hunt
            Beach Chick Jun 9, 2011 09:33 PM

            Aloha Bill..
            Great list..
            I would add Hula Grill and Duke's at Ka'anapali for casual happy hour..
            Gazebo in Napili and Plantation House at Kapalua Golf Course for breakfast.. ahi benedict is fab!
            Mama's Fish House for lunch or dinner..
            Bev's General Store for lunch or dinner..

            Mahalo

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              MRS Jun 10, 2011 12:01 PM

              LOVE Mama's Fish House!!!!!

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              Mama's Fish House
              Paia HI, Paia, HI

              1. re: Beach Chick
                Bill Hunt Jun 15, 2011 05:57 PM

                We have yet to make it to Hula Grill, nor have we dined at Duke's. So many restaurants, and always so little time.

                I do like The Gazebo and Plantation House for breakfast (have also had great lunches at PH), and almost everyone here knows how I feel about Mama's, and also Bev Gannon's (though the last visit was not up to par - assume that it was just a bad night, or that is what I hope anyway).

                For us, Mama's is so nice, that we gave up three more free nights at the Ritz @ Kapalua, to stay at the Inn at Mama's, just so we could indulge in the wine list and dinner. Gannon's General Store is close enough, that we did a short drive.

                Gotta' look into both Hula Grill & Duke's - next time.

                Mahalo,

                Hunt

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                Plantation House Restaurant
                2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

                1. re: Bill Hunt
                  Beach Chick Jun 16, 2011 07:53 AM

                  Aloha Bill..
                  Hula Grill and Duke's are very casual feet in the sand kind of places but you can't beat it when you've got a mai tai in one hand and some fresh rare ahi in the other...sitting oceanfront watching the sunset.
                  Plantation House does do lunch well..especially after playing 18 on any of the 3 courses at Kapalua..

                  Gotta ask since you stay at the Ritz Kapalua if you've had any 'chicken skin' experiences there?
                  Built on sacred burial grounds, the pool has cold spots that cannot be explained...night marchers trail is supposed to come right through the property..verified by the locals.

                  Love that you give up the 3 free nights so you can stay at the small motel style next to Mama's...solid..very solid...
                  ; )

                  1. re: Beach Chick
                    Bill Hunt Jun 16, 2011 07:29 PM

                    To date - none.

                    Did not know of the provenance of the dirt, but nothing out of the ordinary.

                    We do several "haunted inns," though I have to sneak those past the wife. She does not think I am funny, and resists - if she knows. We watch the various Travel Channel series on such, and I think that she memorizes each inn. She's vetoed several.

                    I could go on, regarding this subject, but as this is CH, will refrain.

                    Now, what I want is a report on the redone Banyan Tree at the Ritz. We did it on a previous trip, but it was being renovated on the last one, so do not know how things might have change. Unlike the A`nui `nui Room, we loved the Banyan Tree, when we last dined there.

                    Hunt

                    PS - there are only two golf courses at Kapalua now - Bay and Plantation. The Village Course is now closed, though there are rumors that it will be opened again. I never played it, but we did hike around there some years back, and it looked like a lovely course. I'd love to hit the Powerball, and buy the property, to reinstate it as a course in the area. So far, that has not happened. Lovely piece of land, and a shame that it closed.

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                    Banyan Tree
                    1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI

              2. re: Bill Hunt
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                mander Jun 10, 2011 12:00 PM

                Good list. Small correction: Sea House is in Napili at Napili Kai Beach Resort

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                Sea House Restaurant
                5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

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                  syrahgirl Jun 10, 2011 12:32 PM

                  We just returned from a week in Maui! We really enjoyed our meal at Lahaina Grill in downtown Lahaina. Make a reservaiton here, they do a really nice Ahi entree there. We also loved Mama's, we dined there for dinner this past Sun night after doing the Road to Hana. The Stuffed Mahi Mahi is amazing there as are the desserts. Mama's is in a beautiful tropical setting in Paia. For a casual meal, check out Aloha Mixed Plate in Front Street, they have really great Pina Coladas there and you can sample a variety of local foods. Duke's, located at the Honau Kai where we stayed is also not to miss. Duke's is casual and the setting is beautiful here. I enjoyed the Mahi Mahi here, also and the Mahi Mahi fish tacos. Really great drinks at Duke's, also and you take a walk on the beach after your meal there.

                  The only bad meal we had was at Cheeseburger in Paradise. We had the Kobe beef burgers that just weren't that flavorful. Nice ambiance, tho, go for a drink or appetizer and request an upstairs table with a view of the ocean. If you're going to a luau, The Feast at Lele was awesome! Enjoy Maui! :)

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                  Aloha Mixed Plate
                  1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

                  Lahaina Grill
                  127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761

                  1. re: mander
                    Bill Hunt Jun 15, 2011 06:01 PM

                    Interesting. They are across from the upper portion of the Kapalua Bay Course, and their address is Lahaina. Must have missed that (save for the typo) by what, 25 feet?

                    Hunt

                    1. re: Bill Hunt
                      manomin Jun 15, 2011 07:34 PM

                      I just came back from Kapalua (did the W&FF). We had a really lovely lunch at Sea House. The 5 onion 3 cheese soup was absolutely delicious. We also had a reuben with homemade chips (ridged) and the philly from Napili which is shaved prime rib, provolone on ciabatta with an aju jus for dipping. Also two lovely martini's and a glass of Washington state Riesling. The staff was so friendly and nice, genuine aloha. The had a great sense of humor and absolutely wanted us to enjoy every minute. It's less than 5 minutes from Kapalua. BTW, everything in Kapalua also has a Lahaina address/zip code. It was a wonderful weekend and Sea House really put the cherry on the cake! Go when you are there!

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                      Sea House Restaurant
                      5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

                      1. re: manomin
                        Bill Hunt Jun 15, 2011 09:12 PM

                        "BTW, everything in Kapalua also has a Lahaina address/zip code."

                        Yes, and that is why I commented, especially with the Kapalua Bay Course, right across the road.

                        Now, was that Napili Shores, Napili Heights, Napili Bay, or Napili Beach? [Grin]

                        Hunt

                      2. re: Bill Hunt
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                        mander Jun 17, 2011 07:13 PM

                        About right at 25 feet. I still remember the first time when I visited Napili Kai Beach Resort (then called Napili Kai Beach Club). We had just flown from the mainland and it was late at night. When I saw the first Kapalua Resort sign on the right I said to my wife, who grew up in Paia by Mama's, "We must have gone too far". She told me no, Napili Kai was just up on the left.

                        1. re: mander
                          Bill Hunt Jun 17, 2011 07:44 PM

                          Grin!

                          Hunt

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