Maui is one of the most visited Hawaiian Islands by Canadians and for good reason. The beaches are among the best in the world, there are hiking trails and adventures to be found along the coast and in the National Parks, and dining options no matter what your budget. On this adventure, I found myself dining in Paia, Kula, Hana and the Kaanapali Beach Resort. I ate a breakfast burrito from a food truck, surf & turf while dressed in my finest resort clothes, and I devoured a Hula pie steps away from the pounding surf. Where else but Maui can this happen? Join me on a culinary adventure of one of my favourite Hawaiian Islands.
Milagros Food Co – is located in the town of Paia, just a 15-minute drive from the Courtyard Maui in Kahului. The location is right in the centre of town at the corner of Balwin and Route 36, you can’t miss it. Milagros serves up South West fare with fresh Maui ingredients and are rumoured to have a wicked Tequila library. For my friends and I it was Margherita’s all around and a Carne Asada Burrito that is big enough to sink a ship. A lively place with your choice in inside or patio seating. There may be a lineup, but the wait is worth it.
Kula Bistro – Now this place we discovered by pure accident and it became a personal favourite of mine. In fact, I liked it so much I came back for a second visit. Located on the slopes of Haleakala in the town of Kula this little Bistro doesn’t look like much from the outside but when you’ve had your first bite, you’ll be glad you came in. For my first visit, it was Hamburger Steak smothered in Maui Onions and gravy with a slice of Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert. The next day I came back for breakfast and ordered a Hawaiian favourite, Loco Moco. OMG, I love this place and you can be sure I will be coming back the next time I’m on Maui.
Kula Lodge – For a small town Kula sure has some good dining options. Getting dressed up one night we ventured to Kula Lodge for a slice of wood-fired oven Pizza and a view. Given its location on the slopes of Haleakala, it is no surprise that the sunset view is spectacular. I didn’t expect to find great pizza here as well though. We arrived with plenty of daylight left which meant we could enjoy the view offered. When it came time for dinner though all eyes were on our Na Ki Oi Pizza, made with Portuguese Sausage, Poblano Peppers, Sweet Onions and fresh Pineapple. The pizza made a perfect appetiser as my main course was a Smoked Chicken Pasta and dessert was a scone version of Strawberry Shortcake. A nice place to dine and enjoy a different view of the Maui valley.
Travaasa Hana – Staying at Travaasa has its advantages, like never really having to leave the resort to eat. There is the Paniolo Lounge for casual fare like burgers and Mai Tais or the formal dining room if you feel like dressing up. I spent time in both and was equally impressed. A superb Mai Tai started off our night in the lounge, probably one of the best I’ve had so far. Moving over to the dining room the Chef prepared a four-course meal that showcased his skill in the kitchen and highlighted the fresh Hana ingredients. The highlights for me was the Lobster Ulu Crab Salad, Molokai Sweet Potato Soup and the Surf & Turf. Of course, I couldn’t resist the Lilikoi Cheesecake either. Let’s just say I went to bed sated and happy.
This is just a sample of where to eat on Maui. I have another batch of recommendations for you that I will share tomorrow including the food truck, a roadside diner/cafe and a beach front cafe…