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Jun 14, 2013 05:30 PM

Quick report from North Shore Maui trip

Just back from a short (too short) stay in Paia. Oh, how I love Paia. My rental unit had a full kitchen, so most of my meals were either simple stuff I fixed at home or picnics out of the cooler in the back of the Jeep while on surfing or beach-going expeditions. Very happy that there's now a Whole Foods in Kahalui, and Mana Foods in Paia is great as well. But no trip to Maui is complete without a meal at The Flatbread Company in Paia, and this time I had the Pa’ia Bay Ohana – "Our wood-fired cauldron tomato sauce, caramelized organic onions, organic mushrooms, premium whole milk mozzarella and imported Parmesan cheese baked on organic bread dough with homemade organic garlic oil, sprinkled with our own blend of organic herbs." More places should put caramelized onions on their pizzas - yum.

My one splurge meal was at Mama's Fish House, notwithstanding that I don't eat fish. It was 2 minutes from my place, and I've really enjoyed prior visits there with friends. On a Monday night at 6:30 there was a 45-60 minute wait for tables for walk-ins, but as a solo dinner I was able to get a seat right away at the bar, where they serve the full dinner menu. Instead of an entree I ordered two appetizers: the Beef Polynesian – seared tenderloin in a grilled ripe Hana papaya, and the Mama’s Salad – Waipoli Farm’s mixed greens, heart of palm, sundried cranberries, smoked bacon, goat cheese and candied macadamia nuts with a papaya seed vinaigrette. Both excellent; the beef was a pretty small serving for the price, but grilled papaya may be something I need to try to recreate at home. Dessert was the Kuau Chocolate Pie baked in a caramel cookie crust - ridiculously rich and I at every bite of it. Surfing for 3 hours every day makes one feel entitled to indulge. Service from the bartenders was excellent, and I enjoyed chatting with my fellow bar dinners.

Looking forward already to my next, hopefully longer, trip to Maui!

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  1. Mahalo for the report.

    A few years back, I did the Beef Polynesian. Though I love the ingredients, I was not sure how they would work together - it was excellent, and a surprise to me.

    Though they do not get much love from many on this board, we have never had a meal that was less than very good, with most excellent.



    4 Replies
    1. re: Bill Hunt

      Bill, I've read your raves about Mama's, especially the wine list. Since I was dining solo and driving (albeit a very short distance), I had to stick to the by the glass offerings, but I did enjoy perusing the list.

      1. re: cookie monster

        I completely understand. For several years, we would ONLY do lunch, and then my wife would heavily limit her wine intake, to drive back to West Maui.

        As I always got to pour over the wine list, we stayed at the Inn at Mama's Fish House, just to do dinner and the wines, and NOT have to drive anywhere - just stagger maybe 15' to our cottage. I would do that again, in a second.


      2. re: Bill Hunt

        We are headed to the land of Aloha on Monday and we haven't been to Mama's in about 5 years. Has their menu changed in the past few years or is it still the same? I have looked at the online menu and thought it might have changed a little bit.

        1. re: Mimi

          We have only been going for about 8 years now, and many of those were for lunch. OTOH, from our dinners, I do see a change. Nothing major, and some similar dishes, but changed, none the less.

          Most of all, enjoy and aloha,