Best Wine List on Maui

Best Wine List Son’z at Swan Court For the third year in a row, Son’z at Swan Court has uncorked the “BestWine List onMaui.”What a beautiful setting in which to sip, say, a silky syrah. Located at the Hyatt RegencyMaui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, Son’z has been described by Robin Leach as the “most […]

Where do Maui Locals Eat?

Eat Cheap – Eat Great Maui Food! You can’t eat at 5-star restaurants all the time – and there’s no way in hell you’re bringing the family to a Mickey-D’s on Maui – what to do?  I can tell you that the true feeling of Maui are in the people that live here year long; […]

Best Pizza in Maui

Best Pizza on Maui? Flatbread Company One cook stirs organic fresh tomatoes in a cauldron hanging over a kiawe fire and then sweetens the soon-to-be sauce with maple syrup. Over the open fire next to it, another cook caramelizes organic onions in a humongous cast-iron skillet. Flatbread Company in Paia has a “purpose” to use […]

Best Overall Dining Out

Best Overall Dining Out *** Note *** Since publishing this 6 months ago, I must include Duke’s Beach House as a “Must Try” restaurant while on Maui.  Click here to read more about this 5-star restaurant ocean front at the 5-star Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Ka’anapali Beach Maui. 1st Place – Stella Blues […]

Maui’s Best Cheap Grinds

Cheap Grinds (Great cheap food) Aloha Mixed Plate A local plate-lunch style menu with affordable prices and a location at the water’s edge in Lahaina make Aloha Mixed Plate this year’s winner in the “Cheap Grinds” category. “My favorite place to go after surfing is Aloha Mixed Plate; it’s a great place on the water […]

Best Cocktail on Maui

Maui’s Best Cocktail Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe “Life is one long weekend,” so Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe upstairs in the Shops atWailea is the place to hang your hat for awhile. Sip an Island Estate margarita, munch Habana Cabana pork sliders, and listen to themusic as the cool breeze brushes past in the open-air dining […]

Best Brunch/Buffet

Sunday Morning Brunch in Maui Every Sunday morning you will find my wife and I at the #1 place in Maui for a Sunday morning buffet.  This is a no-brainer since we normally get to Maui at 4 PM on a Saturday and Sunday morning has our internal clock off by 5 hours and we […]

Best Business Lunch Restaurant on Maui

Maui’s movers and shakers know the best place to take their important clients is Cafe O’Lei. The food is bursting with good tastes and the prices are reasonable — and Cafe O’Lei now offers four Maui locations from which to choose, including Wailuku, Kihei and now, Waiehu. The flagship is Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes […]

Best Local Food Restaurant

Best Maui Food Restaurant Sam Sato’s Tucked away in Wailuku Millyard, Sam Sato’s is a little gem with a long history on Maui. Founded in 1933, the first Sam Sato’s was at Camp 3 in Sprecklesville. Over the decades, it moved to Puunene, then Happy Valley—and since 1993 its latest incarnation has been at 1750 […]

Best Seafood Restaurant on Maui

Mama’s Fish House Glistening moi is caught off leeward Oahu, then wok-fried with Kula vegetables and topped with mango-lychee blackbean sauce. Deep-water ahi is hooked by Kamaki Everett outside his home port of Hana Bay, then peppercorn grilled with Hamakua mushroom-basil sauce and served with a side of sweet potato “mash.” Mama’s Fish House reigns […]