Monday, August 29, 2016

Maui Must Eats

One of my favorite things about going on a vacation is the guilt free eating! I love trying new things and experiencing the culture through the food. I eat my way through every vacation, and our recent trip to Maui, Hawaii was no different. Months before our trip, I started researching and reading up on all the restaurants in Maui - it wasn't long before I had all of our dinner reservations booked and a list of must try lunch spots. It was our second time to visit Maui, so with the two trips combined, we've managed to eat at a lot of places on the island. Some of you have been asking me where we ate, and what places I would recommend for your upcoming trip to Maui, so today I wanted to share some of our favorite places with you guys!

Mama's Fish House - The best food on the island, hands down. You'll definitely want to eat here, so make a reservation months in advance. I suggest going a little before sunset to explore the beach front property (the perfect setting for some pictures!). The stuffed fish is to die for and the Mai Tais go down like water (good or bad?…).

Paia Fish Market - Fish and chips heaven…. and delicious! It's located in the cutest little surfer town, where we spent an afternoon shopping and exploring. It was the perfect dinner spot to eat at before heading back to the Wailea area where we were staying. It's small, super casual, and be prepared to share a table with others.

Sansei Sushi - Definitely the best sushi I've ever had - it's so fresh! There are a few locations on the island, but we went to the one located in Kihei. It's pretty casual, but you will want to make reservations in advance….everyone loves their sushi!

Merriman's - A beautiful setting for a sunset dinner. The food is good (a little pricey), but I say it's a must eat just because of the location. It's on the water and has a beautiful lounge area where you can enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset. We went early to do just that before being seated for dinner.

Kihei Caffe - The best breakfast spot in town. It's across the street from Kalama Park and surrounded by cute little shops. Be prepared to wait in a line if you go at prime time, but the pancakes are worth the wait!!

Flatbread Company - A little pizza spot in Paia - perfect for lunch and some local brews from Maui Brewing Company. The flatbreads are fresh and made to order - cooked in large clay stone oven in the middle of the restaurant!

Monkeypod - It's kind of embarrassing how many times we've eaten here. It's located in the Wailea area, which is where we stayed on both trips…making it an easy option for lunch. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is very lively and fun. They have a happy hour every day from 3-5, which became daily activity for us - yes, yes, yes to their cocktails and beers on draft.

Cuatro - This was our second favorite meal of the trip (behind Mama's, of course). It's located in a shopping center, which might throw you off, but it's really quaint and cozy inside. The tuna nachos are so good - my mouth is watering thinking about them. Make sure to bring your own wine! They don't serve alcohol, but allow you to bring your own.

Humuhumunukunukuapua - Named after the state fish and floats on a lagoon filled with tropical fish. Yep, stunning!! It has a rockin' cocktail menu, and the seafood is as fresh as it comes. It won't be cheap, but it will be romantic!

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice - You can't visit Hawaii without getting a shaved ice. Ululani's has the best flavors and you have to get the ice cream on the bottom!! Yum. Yum. Yum.

The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea - Formally known as Capishe, it is a fine dining restaurant that's actually located on the grounds where we stayed on our most recent trip. It was a very romantic dinner with great sunset views. The truffle risotto was unbelievable!!

Nahiku Marketplace - Stop here on your Road to Hana adventure (more on that here) and get the fish tacos. Seriously, they were the best fish tacos I've ever had!! Also, if there is a lady selling "coconut candy"- buy some!! It's heavenly.

Ferraro's Four Seasons - We went for lunch and there were pretty views of the beach! The food was great (it is a Four Seasons, so be prepared for it to be a more pricey than your typical lunch), and it was the perfect spot to take a break from our beach day.

If you've been to Maui before and have any other must eats that you love, please share!! There are so many good spots to eat at on the island, so I am sure that there are many more worth mentioning that I just haven't been to yet!

I hope this helps those who are planning a Maui trip in the future! I definitely had fun recapping where we've eaten, and now I'm hungry. Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a great Monday!