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Best Food in Maui!

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There was so much good food we found in Maui! I was expecting to enjoy the beautiful state and the relaxation that comes from a vacation, but not all the good food!! Gordon and I were pleasantly surprised at how truly delicious everything was. From the pineapple and coconut to the amazing pancakes with coconut syrup, everything was so so tasty! There were so many of you that gave us long lists of recommendations but we could only make it to a few spots and these were it! I cross referenced your lists with yelp and created a master list that we worked from. Scroll through to see all the yummy photos, and as usual, all the restaurant links and info is at the bottom of this post 🙂 Happy Monday!


Teppan-yaki Dan is found at the Sheraton and is so so yummy! We’ve never had teppanyaki before, so it was a new experience. So much fun to watch the different tricks while enjoying seriously delicious food! I’d recommend the shrimp and pineapple with the fried rice! Gord and I have talked about going back to just eat here. Mmm….


Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop was a cute little spot that got rave reviews for their pies. So we got the chocolate macadamia nut pie with a banana cream. Both delicious, though I did prefer the  chocolate macadamia nut 🙂 I think they’re famous for the banana cream but it was just ok. Brooke LOVED the banana cream, so to each his own. I never turn down pie 😉




The Gazebo…this restaurant came highly highly recommended, so this was the last restaurant we ate at in Maui. Well, ok, technically McDonald’s was, but whatever. It took us a few minutes to park and walk over to this spot, plus the line was INSANELY long {1 hour+} but I will say the location is perfect and the service was amazing. We had a such a great time here and the food was great! Brooke saw a picture on yelp that she wanted that wasn’t on the menu anymore. So we asked and our server about it and she said “we can make anything you want” so this is the french toast Brooke picked. It’s covered in peanut butter, cream, bananas and macadamia nuts. She hardly put a dent into this! I got pancakes with more coconut syrup and this simple plate of eggs, bacon and potatoes. Gordon got a breakfast burrito that I couldn’t take a picture of because it was literally gone before I was done taking pictures of my own meal. {We were waiting in line for a while….}




808 Grindz Cafe was another spot that came highly recommended where we waited 1 hr+ for a table. BUT! These macadamia nut pancakes with macadamia nut-vanilla sauce I had? They were the best pancakes I’ve ever had. Ever ever ever. In my life. You MUST go here and wait in line. Everything else on the menu was fine, but these pancakes!! OMG, I die.



Black Rock Kitchen Breakfast Buffet–we loved this restaurant at the Sheraton! My husband said “we should just eat here everyday! It’s so good!” It was literally steps away from the pool and had so many options to choose from. My kids loved it because they could eat right away without having to wait and they could see exactly what they were getting. We would highly recommend this spot if you have kids. Or even if you don’t. The waffle with coconut syrup was my favorite. My husband had a few too many eggs benedict.



Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is a great stop to make for an afternoon snack on a hot day! The wait was long when we went, but not as long as some of these other places. {25 minutes or so} The ice is soft and their flavors are bright and delicious. We ordered the POG and Root Beer Float which were both awesome. This is a hot spot for tourists, hence the line, but you can get shave ice just about anywhere. It’s all good.

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Kaanapali Sunset Luau–this luau was a big highlight of the trip. Brooke and Blake loves getting their leis, Eddie loved being outside an we loved the food! We were able to see the pig come out of the ground after it was cooked and we learned how to open coconuts if they were stranded on a desert island. This was also served buffet style which seems to be super helpful for my kids in picking and choosing what they wanted to eat. The whole experience was pretty fun and dinner was quite tasty as well. The taro rolls with butter, sesame noodles and bread pudding were my favorites. We ended up leaving early because out kids were starting to get tired, but were able to finish watching the show from our balcony at the Sheraton.






Teppan-yaki Dan–all the food I tried was delicious, but I LOVED the pineapple shrimp and the fried rice.
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy
Lahaina, HI 96761

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop–a really fun and delicious stop! Great sandwiches for lunch, yummy pie!! Get the chocolate macadamia nut pie for sure!!
820 Olowalu Village Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761

The Gazebo–great breakfasts! Get there really early so you don’t have to wait in line.
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761

808 Grindz Cafe–Get the macadamia nut pancakes with the macadamia nut-vanilla sauce. You will DIE. Best thing I ate.
843 Waine’e St
Lahaina, HI 96761

Black Rock Kitchen–Big breakfast buffet with lots of options! The fruit and the fresh waffle with coconut syrup {I’m addicted now…} was my favorite thing!
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy
Lahaina, HI 96761

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice–every flavor we tried was amazing! Loved the POG and the root beer float!
1310 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761

Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock–a fun experience for the whole family.
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

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14 Responses
  1. Sara

    Ohhhh, you just hit the tip of the Maui food ice berg. There’s so much more you’ve got to come back & try. Ululani’s is not just a hit with the tourists. It’s where Locals go for their regular shave ice fix, too. Not all shave ice is created equal. Ululani’s is by far the best on island & arguably the best in all Hawaii Nei.

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  3. Jessica Harwood

    Thanks to your recommendations, when we went to Maui last month, we stopped at Leoda’s Kitchen and ate the *best* pie I have literally ever eaten! Thank you for sharing that! We never would have stopped and tried it if you hadn’t recommended it!

  4. Rhonda

    Your suggestions and posts about Maui guided me when I traveled there shortly after you did! Thanks for posting your travel tips and recommendations!

  5. Rachel

    I love reading your blog! Your recipes and recommendations are great! We are hoping to go to Hawaii soon so we remember this post! Good luck in NYC!

  6. JulieA

    My Hawaii trip was my favorite vacation of all time. We only saw one island–you have given me inspiration for more island hopping next time to try all of these tasties!

  7. Joann Hippel

    So happy that you made it to the Gazebo Lauren – our #1 “Must” as soon as our suitcases are unpacked. To avoid long lines, have a very light breakfast and head there for Lunch with a big appetite. We try to get there between 12:45 and 1:15 and wait-time is very short. Breakfast/Lunch items offered all day. YUM! My very favorite is the Southwest Chicken Salad. YUM YUM!