You might not expect to find one of Maui’s best lunch counters between a barber shop and a Payday Loans, but that’s sort of how Hawaii works. Tin Roof’s “Kau Kau Tins” are a nod to traditional Hawaiian lunch boxes, and come with options like pork belly, garlic shrimp, and Mochiko chicken (Hawaiian fried chicken made with sweet rice flour batter) on top of rice, kale, or garlic noodles. Order online to skip the line or, since it’s located close to the Kahului airport, skip the airline food and make everyone jealous on your flight by picking up something to eat on the plane.
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The dining room of Merriman’s looks out over Kapalua Bay on the west side, so you’ll have perfect views while eating the local, farm-to-table dishes.
Mala Ocean Tavern
Mala is so close to the shoreline you’ll feel like you’re eating on top of the water - come with a few people and order lots of tapas-style dishes.
One of our favorite restaurants in Paia, Vana serves Hawaiian-Japanese food in a small garden space on the ground floor of the Paia Inn.
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Baked On Maui
Baked On Maui in Haiku is a local favorite because they bake everything on site and serve everything from pastries to full meals.
Star Noodle House, at the top of the Lahaina Business Park, is our favorite noodle house on the island.
Open at 5am, Kihei Caffe is one of the island’s most popular breakfast spots so expect a wait for large portions of pancakes, biscuits, and scrambles.
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