Forget the Beach: Eat Your Way Across Maui

When you go to Maui, you don’t exactly think food. Of course you’re there for the beaches, the lush greenery, the rainbows, and the culture. But if you don’t put some thought into where to get your grub, you could be missing out on some top-notch cuisine. After all, you gotta eat, right? Here are some of Yahoo Travel’s favorite spots for meals and snacks on the Hawaiian island.

BREAKFAST

T. Komoda Store & Bakery

Every thing just tastes better on stick. So there’s no better way to start off your Maui morning than with skewered doughnuts. Head to T. Komoda Store & Bakery in Makawao (it’s been serving up pastries since 1916) and pick up these delicious, locally famous mini doughnuts. The plain glazed and glazed with coconut or macadamia nut toppings were the faves. While you’re there, get yourself a box of pastries — the store is also famous for its cream puffs and malasadas (a kind of Portuguese doughnut) with various fillings like vanilla custard and red bean paste, and they sell out early. Grab a coffee and head to the picnic tables at nearby Ho’okipa Beach. Bring plenty of napkins and watch the crazy waves and world class windsurfers do their thing.

Surise Café

Sunrise Café, a local dive located in Lahaina, has affordable and delicious hearty breakfasts — from Hawaii staple loco moco (white rice topped with a burger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy) to scrumptious scrambled eggs and cheese on a croissant to addicting cinnamon rolls — plus good coffee and fresh juice. Just a couple of caveats: 1. If you’re in a hurry, Sunrise is not for you. It’s rather small so you may have to wait to be seated, and they do take their sweet time getting you your food. 2. They don’t take credit cards. Other than that? Delish!

Kula Lodge & Restaurant

One of the best breakfasts I had in Maui was at Kula Lodge & Restaurant. It’s the perfect place to stop after watching the sunrise over Haleakala Crater. The place is famous for its crab cakes Benedict, and rightly so — it’s tasty and filling. A local staple, Portuguese sausage, is also good and the fruit is fresh. Just beware of the coffee: A cup of Joe is imperative after getting up at an ungodly hour to trek to a freezing mountain top to see Haleakala bathed in the first light (so worth it!), and the rather weak brewed coffee didn’t measure up. Just stick to a latte and you’ll be fine.

LUNCH

Roadside Huli Huli stands

Huli Huli chicken is a local favorite for lunch. It’s basically the Hawaiian version of barbecued rotisserie chicken served with rice and corn, and it’s super delicious. Keep your eyes peeled while driving, as the chicken is sold at roadside stands, often near beach parking lots (there’s a yummy one off Route 30 on the coast). You can get it at restaurants too, but highway food is so much more fun!

Thai Food by Pranee

There’s not much in Hana — as in the town you get to via the Road to Hana. So after an hours-long, twisty drive, some people are a little let down by the final destination. But we have the cure: Thai Food by Pranee. Every local knows it and loves it. Don’t accidentally drive by — it looks like a big makeshift shelter on the side of the road (across From Hana Ballpark) as opposed to the authentic-tasting, delicious Thai food restaurant it is. Go for the daily specials (like spring rolls) or try the pad Thai, drunken noodles, or Thai tea. All are ah-mazing.

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