2014

Maui Restaurant Reviews

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

CA

Here is a compilation of more casual restaurants, snack places we visited during our Maui 2014 Hawaii trip. Our goal was to find good eats at reasonable prices. This is challenging on an expensive island full of tourist traps.

A Saigon Cafe Wailuku Maui Duck Soup

A Saigon Cafe
1792 Main St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 243-9560
Yelp Page

A small Asian / Vietnamese restaurant not far from the Airport. Hidden away under hightway. Not cheap, but they are friendly. 50% more expensive than back home.
Pho is definitely below the average San Francisco place. We dined her to stay away from the chain restaurants.

Picks:
Papaya Salad
Duck Soup
Shrimp Pho

Pans:
Beef with egg

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Maybe

Snow Factory Snow Cream

Snow Factory
59 Kanoa St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 633-4270
Website

Yelp Page

A small dessert shop near A Saigon Cafe. Multiple locations throughout Hawaii.
They serve Snow Ice, which is ice ribbons mixed with milk. More sweet than shave ice. Slow service as there is only 1 guy.

Picks:
Lychee snow ice

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Fair
Value – Good

Would we come back – Maybe

Foodland Kihei Maui Poke

Foodland Super Market
Kihei Town Ctr
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 879-9350

Yelp Page

A great place to pickup snacks and groceries. Costco is too far away from the tourist centers. Several kinds of Poke, that is actually decent even though it is previously frozen.

Picks:
Poke

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Fair
Value – Good

Would we come back – Maybe

Stilwells Bakery Maui

Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe
1740 Kaahumanu Ave
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 243-2243
Website

Yelp Page

A small bakery and cafe with legendary cream horns and also salads, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, and more. On the way from the airport to Northern and Southern Maui. Reasonable prices.

Picks:
Chocolate Cream Pie Slice $3
Coconut Cream Pie Slice $3
Mini Cream Horn $1.90
Cherry Pie $3

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Very Good
Service – Good
Value – Very Good

Would we come back – Yes

Stillwell's Bakery & Cafe on Urbanspoon

Home Maid Bakery
1005 Lower Main St
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 244-4150
Website

Yelp Page

Hot Malasadas come out at 4pm. Also not far from the Airport and IAO Valley state park. Reasonable prices.

Picks:
Mochi
Malasadas
Creme Pie
manju

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Very Good
Value – Very Good

Would we come back – Yes

Home Maid Bakery on Urbanspoon

Da Kitchen Express Kihei Chicken Teriyaki

Da Kitchen Express
2439 S Kihei Rd, Ste A107
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 875-7782
Website

Yelp Page

Traditional “plate lunch” to the next level. Locals don’t really come here, it was filled with tourists. Lunch for 4 came to an expensive $60! Food was average.

Picks:
Big Braddah Combo Teriyaki Chicken, Chicken Katsu
Saimin
Fish and Chips

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – No

Ululanis Shave Ice Kihei Maui

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
61 S Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 877-3700
Website

Yelp Page

Definitely superior to other places even though they use the same machine. In fact this location is better than the Lahaina one. Very finely chopped shaved ice.

Picks:
Shave Ice

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Good

Would we come back – Yes

Local Food Lahaina Maui Plate Lunch

Local Food
222 Papalaua St Ste 202
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 667-2882
Yelp Page

A real hole in the wall plate lunch plate. Really slow service as this is a tiny spot. They ran out of rice for spam musubi on us. Call before you go. The chicken was surprisingly good.

Picks:
Kalua Pork with cabbage Plate lunch with rice and salad ($7)
Shoya chicken Plate lunch with rice and salad ($7)

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Fair
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Yes

Local Food on Urbanspoon

Yees Orchard Kihei Maui Mangos

Yee’s Orchard
1165 South Kihei Rd
Kihei, HI 96753
Yelp Page

Wow were their mangos sweet. Keep it local! Nice folks that showed us their peacocks. Also sold at Mana Foods in Paia, but you are better off buying from their farm location.

Picks:
Golden Glow Mangos $4.30/lb
Dried Coconut $3.50

Pans:
None

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Fair
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Yes

Migrant Wailea Maui Chicken Wings

Migrant
Wailea Beach Marriott
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 875-9394
Website

Yelp Page

Modern Local cuisine with a Filipino slant. Chef Simeon competed in Top Chef: Seattle 2013. Beautiful restaurant although the food did not live up to the hype. Happy Hour 5-6pm on drinks only.

Picks:
Bottom Kalbi ($6)
Tocino ($14) Char siu pork with really good flavor
Korean Fried Chicken ($15) Spicy drummettes
Mule cocktail
Natural Colada Cocktail

Pans:
Choy Choi ($10) incredibly hard to eat, no knife.
Street Corn ($11) pretty stiff and hard to eat
Pizza Lamb ($16) flatbread with lamb

Overall – Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Very Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – No

Migrant on Urbanspoon

Mana Foods
49 Baldwin Ave
Paia, HI 96779
(808) 579-8078
Website

Yelp Page

We wondered how this highly recommended natural foods grocery store could outdo Whole Foods or Rainbow Grocery in the San Francisco area. Wow, they stock a ton of stuff, much more than most. Their cooked foods and bakery items outdo Whole Foods, especially if you are looking for vegan options. Be sure to stop here on your drive to Hana. Get some ginger to ease the car trek.

Picks:
Cooked Foods
Bakery Items
Produce

Pans:
None

Overall – Very Good
Food – Very Good
Decor – Good
Service – Good
Value – Fair

Would we come back – Yes

Mana Foods on Urbanspoon

Other places for future trips
Casual:
808 Deli, Restaurant Matsu, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Eskimo Candy (Kihei), Kihei Caffe, Julia Best Banana Bread, Tante’s Island, Ono Kau Kau, Flatbread Pizza co (Paia)

Fine Dining:
Ka’ana Kitchen Andaz Breakfast buffet $45 (Wailea), Koiso (Kihei), Gazebo, Merriman’s (Kapalua), Sea House, Hali’imaile General Store (Up country)

Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on June 2nd, 2014
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One Response to “Maui Restaurant Reviews”

  1. Ali Hong Kong Says:

    great rundown. thanks for the tips!

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