Welcome back for part two of my where to eat on Maui culinary adventure. In a previous story, I shared four places in Paia, Kula, and Hana that will satisfy your hunger for good food. Here I will continue the journey with more stops in Hana, Lahaina and finally one in Kaanapali. They are all different, but what they have in common are fresh local ingredients and some really good food. What more can you ask for? Let’s go eat on Maui.
Barefoot Cafe – Formerly known as Tutu’s this is where you come for breakfast and lunch on the beach in Hana. It is a short walk down the hill from Travaasa Hana and stretched out in from of the cafe is one of Hawaii’s famous Black Sand beaches. They offer a simple menu of omelettes, pancakes, Eggs and Corned Beef Hash. It’s not fancy, but it tastes really good when you can take your plate of food and walk to a picnic table on the beach to eat. Delicious and simply Hawaii.
The Surfin Burro – Between Travaasa Hana and the Hana General Store you will find a small development that looks like it was made for a Farmer’s Market. I didn’t see any farmers during my stay, but I did see a few food trucks park there, and the one that caught my eye was the Surfin Burro. On our morning heading out from Hana we popped in to order one of their famous Breakfast Burritos. I was not disappointed. Made to order the burrito was stuffed with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, onions and chorizo sausage. Absolutely what the Doctor ordered to fuel up my day, with a cup of coffee as well of course.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop – Located on the outskirts of Lahaina, I’ve passed by Leoda’s a few times but never stopped to give it a try. This time, I needed to take a bathroom break, so we decided to pop inside and see what they offered in the way of treats. The first thing I saw was a bakery case filled with pies, and one pie in particular. The Chocolate Haupia Pie. A bottom layer of chocolate custard topped with Haupia (coconut) custard and then finished off with whipping cream. OMG, why have I not stopped here before? A slice of pie, a cup of coffee and I am in my happy place. I’ll be back!
Leilani’s On The Beach – The Kaanapali Beach Resort offers plenty to see and do including lots of hotel restaurants. I’ll be eating a couple fo them later in my trip, but one of two stand-alone restaurants in the beach resort is Leilani’s On The Beach. This place is always busy, and there is no wonder as the patio is literally five feet from the beach and swimming. The menu is quite large and no matter what you are hungry for chances are good you will find something here. Whether you want a Mai Tai or something a little lighter like a “Put the Lime in the Coconut” start off your meal with a refreshing drink. Then add some Coconut Shrimp and Kahlua Pork Spring Rolls. If that doesn’t fill you up why don’t you add some Fresh Fish Tacos and some Niihau Lamb Sliders to finish off your meal. Is it cause I’m on vacation with the pounding surf just steps away or perhaps it is the super fresh ingredients, but damn this lunch is good.
Of course, a visit to Leilani’s is not complete without a slice of their famous Hula Pie. It is one massive slice of an ice cream pie with chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts, and whipped cream. Bring a friend or two because it is huge and if you eat it all you may need to be rolled back to your hotel. It is worth it though.
So there you have another four great places to satisfy your hunger while you are on the Island of Maui. You can’t go wrong at any of them. They are Marc tested and approved. Enjoy!