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May 24, 2012 08:02 PM

Maui Food Adventure

I'm heading out to Maui for a week with the entire extended family. I love them dearly but am going to need to break away from the pack in order to try out some good food. Where would you recommend I go? I'm up for an adventure and have done a great deal of traveling so i'll eat out of a truck or at a classy joints, as long as the food is good.

We're staying in the Lahaina/kaanapali area.


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  1. For some nice dining, I recommend the following:

    Merriman's Kaplua
    Lahaina Grill

    Most of all, enjoy. While we never have family on Maui, we face similar in New Orleans, where the extended family is great, but sometimes I need a culinary break. "Event" food, tends to get old, after a bit.



    1. You might find some inspiration in this thread:

      Definitely don't miss a plate lunch at Local Food in Lahaina.

      1. If you want to eat with the locals go to Sam Sato's in Wailuku and have their dry Saimin

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        1. re: DriverPhil

          Thanks for the post. I'm very intrigued and think I will definitely have to check that out.

        2. Wonderful fish at Mama's, if you're in the mood for that sort of thing.

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          1. re: Joebob

            I will gladly, and quickly give a +1 for Mama's Fish House. We like it well enough to give up free rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, to stay at their inn, just to indulge ourselves in their wine list.


          2. On our annual trip we had lunch at Honu twice. Seated by the water with sea turtles 10 feet away - Food and ambiance was magical for us.

            Lunch at Mama's - also magical.

            Mala Ocean Tavern - not quite fine dining, but very excellent

            Where possible we go for lunch on Maui to avoid crowds.