Alternative to expensive food: Farmer's Market
Farmer's markets are all over the place (expecially on the Road to Hana). Gotta love the fresh fruits: pineapple, guava, papaya, "atis", etc. Palatial climax...
Pictures is a farmer's market just north of Kaanapali on Lower Honoapiilani Rd. before the ABC store on the left hand side.
Alternative to expensive food: Spam
Believe it or not, SPAM is a delicacy in Hawaii. I've seen a program indicating that Hawaiians are the biggest consumers of Spam.
Here's one recipe for Spam Sushi called Spam Musubi - spoken Hawaiian style - happy eatin's brah:
- cook rice (da sticky kine),
- make 'em into one spam shaped block about 1"-2" high,
- t'row one slice fried spam on top, and wrap da buggah wit' nori.
Da only hints I can 'tink of is,
- try wet yo' hands and put little bit salt on top when you stay making da musubi shape wit' da hot rice,
- toas' da nori little bit first.
Hints from uddah peepo':
-Use da spam can and use fo mold for da rice.
- Den da slice of spam goin' fit perfect on top.
- If you can fin' furikake out dea, mix it in da rice firs.
Alternative to expensive food: Grocery store
Most resort areas on island your will get sticker shock when you look at the menu. One way to cut down on the cost is to buy your own food the first thing when you get to your destination.
When in the resort areas near Kaanapali beach, you can buy groceries nearby in the town of Lahaina.
There is a 24-hour Safeway in the Lahaina Cannery Mall, and a Foodland in the Old Lahaina Center where you can custom make that picnic basket for the trip along the Road to Hana.Related to:
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Beautiful Ahi!!: A score at the Safeway
The safeway in Lahaina has the most incredible sushi in the deli section! Get some local sesame ahi and you are ready for your impromptu picnic at sunset. This was suggested to us by a local who also took us to Sansei for sush. She's yet to lead us in the wrong direction!
Tommy Bahama's: Best Bargain on the Island
Nice ocean view. Beautiful Patio. Really friendly service. Yummy things on the menu that are not over the top in price. Something you need to know in Maui.
Favorite Dish: We had lunch of the Havana Pork Sandwich, which at 9 dollars was the tastiest deal we had in Wailea. The steak salad at 17 dollars was a bit pricey, but it was huge. Tenderloin steak Marinated in tamarind vinagrette topped with some potatoes and very good tomatoes on a bed of mixed greens with not a shred of iceberg lettuce in site. YUM!
Da Kitchen Express: Local food Local folks
When you just cannot take shelling out another zillion dollars for dinnner, do I have the place for you!! This place will feed you and you're whole family for about 20 bucks.
It's local, it's fried, it's teriyakied, it's katsued, it's huge portions. Ya walk in, order at the counter and wait a minute until they load you down with SOOOO much food. The combo plate with Kahlua Pork, Chicken Katsu and Chicken Teriyaki with rice and potato salad will keep you busy for an hour at just $8.50 The Kelbi ribs which were a special that night were $9.00. This is no frills, but it's clean, fun and mind boggeling. They also have loads of noodle soups. Everything is massive. I loved this place, but enjoy getting into a bathing suit too....
Favorite Dish: Ask them to recommend something. That 3 item combo plate is enough for two, but don't stop there! Eat like da locals do, bra. It's fun to get out of the "zone" every now and then.
Nick's Fishmarket: You pay a bundle and it's worth it
Often named one of the best places on Maui.
The food was incredible.
In door and outdoor seating in a beautiful setting at the Kea Lani Resort in Wailea.
Favorite Dish: Special appitizer of pounded Ahi rolled around shrimp, crab and cream cheese. Pink snapper on rice, Mahi Mahi on garlic Mashed.
Service was more than perfect until the meal arrived. Then everyone disappeared. I wanted to know how they did the reduction sauce on the Mahi Mahi, which was perfection but there was no one around to ask. No one asked how the meal was, no one offered anything until it was time to clear the plate. Coffee showed up 10 minutes later. I know this is TOTALLY unusual for Nick's which is consistantly rated high in every area. We ended up tipping less than 15 percent. As a rule we ti 20 and above. I WISH someone who worked there would have asked us why, even chased us down to ask.....but there as no one to tel!! At the end of the meal, it seemed to be all about the busboy and no one else. Bizaare.
Sansei Sushi: Sushi good and loud
We were taken by locals who swear by the sushi and the prices. Their late nght menu features all sushi off the menu HALF PRICE!
i believe appitizers were also half price. Everything was just great....BUT...they also have late night Karaoke and it was out of hand!!
Soooo bad that it was good. do not expect to have a conversation!!!
Favorite Dish: Everything was crazy fresh!! Marinated calamari salad....pink cadillc rolls...all specials were great. Spicy tuna rolls were amazing. Really really really good food.
The Tropical Landing: Dining at Kahului Airport
This restaurant is located at the airport and offers the only dinig experience available there. The choices are very limited but the food is actually half-way decent. The drinks are awesome though. Don't worry if you forgot to eat something prior to coming to the airport. You can grab something here. The service we got was excellent. A sweet lady named Alana. She called everyone "My friend."
Favorite Dish: The drinks were most memorable. Espeically the Midori Colada.
The Gazebo: The spot for breakfast!
The Gazebo is a tiny restaurant located in Napili. The menu is ideal for breakfast and the food is delicious. I wouldn't recommend it for anything other than breakfast or brunch. They're not open past 2pm so those are really your only choices. The service is good at best and the ambience is comfortable. It overlooks Napili Bay and offers a spectacular view of the island of Lana'i. It's the type of place very few tourists know about and I suppose that's a good thing since it's very small and seating is very limited (12 tables maybe).
Favorite Dish: Elisabeth had Banana Pancakes topped with Macademia nuts and pineapple. It was good but it has a lot of nuts!
Leilani's on the Beach: Local food that's so-so
Leilani's offers a limitied array of options when it comes to dining at their beachside restaurant. This restaurant has a separate dining room with a very different menu. We didn't try it because it was very pricey. However, we did try the beachside version and it was "so-so" at best. Vegeterian options were non-existent (expect for the horrible side salad my wife had to endure). What made the experience delightful was the great service, the gorgeous oceanside view of Ka'anapali Beach. and above all, the price...it was really cheap.
Favorite Dish: I had the cheddar burger and it was like eating a big fat ball of grease. Definitely worth skipping. Try the upstairs dining though, it looked much better.
BJ's Chicago Pizzeria: Not truly Chicago style...but not bad.
BJ's is located on Front street in the town of Lahaina. You can't call it downtown, especially coming from the New York area, but if you ask for Front Street, everyone can point you there. BJ's has a nice view of the ocean from it's second floor (where all the seating is). They also offer live entertainment. Not a bad restaurant overall.
Favorite Dish: They made fantastic crab cakes.
Stay away from the Spinach and Artichoke Calzone...what slop!
Hula Grill: Good food Hawaiian Style
The Hula Grill provided an excellent variety of food with many tempting choices. After settling on our food, we sat back and enjoyed the ocean that was just a stone's throw away. The restaurant provides patio seating with a great view of the island of Lana'i. The ambience is more of a sit down, eat and leave type of place but it was still done comfortably.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Spicy Cococunt Calamari which was pretty good and the Grilled Fresh Island Fish (that day it was Mahi Mahi). I don't generally eat fish, but the Mahi Mahi was scrumptuous!
Elisabeth had theFruit Taster which provided her with a melange of Hawaiian fruits. Not only did she have the best pineapple on that dish but there was this little fruit called lychee which was awesome!
Their Pina Coladas where pretty good too.
Va Bene: Italian Beachside Grill
Va Bene is also part of the Marriott Maui Resort. It offers great food with a sea level view of the beach. It was great to hear the ocean so vividly while dining on scrumptuous food. Great Italian food and great service.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Seafood Pasta and it was divine! The seafood was fresh and very tasty. Elisabeth tried the Risotto and she was satisified with it. Their sorbet was magnificent.
Nalu Sunset Bar & Sushi: 5-star Sushi on Maui's Amazing Beach!
What better way to compliment a restaurant then to say, "Amazing!" My wife and I love Japanese food and this place has set a standard for every Sushi place we go. Set aside the oceanfront surroundings, and the relaxing ambience, the food and drinks were out of this world. It was mostly Hawaiian-style sushi creations and cocktails, complemented by stunning views and evening entertainment. It was so good we had to visit this place twice. We just couldn't get enough of their food. Plus, the location was ideal for us considering we stayed at the Maui Marriott. Please note, that it is part of the hotel.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was the Wind Mill. A Sushi Roll consisting of delicate snow crab, avocado and maui onions. It was to die for!
Other great dishes:
Crab Pot Stickers
Pina Coladas (best we had during out stay!)Related to:
- Family Travel
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