Along with great surfing, Maui is known for having some great, out-of-the-way places to eat. These sometimes hidden, culinary treasures of the islands are often best appreciated after Maui surf lessons.
You’ve spent some exciting times in the surf and now may just want to unwind or maybe refuel for your next round Lahaina surf lessons or SUP lessons. Whichever the case, you’ll need to know where some tasty and reasonably-priced eateries are throughout the island. So here are some appetizing places you might try in Lahaina Town.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth or want a delicious sandwich, salad, or burger after your Maui surf lesson, stop in at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop. Located before you get into the town of Lahaina, Leoda’s offers great chocolate macadamia nut and apple crumb pies along with delicious seared ahi sandwiches and savory pot pies.
Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill
If your surfing lesson in Maui leaves you wanting a little Mediterranean, try Pizza Paradiso in West Maui. Located north of Lahaina in the Honokowai Marketplace, Pizza Paradiso was voted “Best Pizza in Maui” three times by The Maui News readers. This casual dining restaurant offers some delicious Italian, Greek, and Mediterranean dishes including their signature pizzas, Big Fat Greek Gyros, cheesesteak sandwiches, and chicken, beef, and fish kabobs. So if your Maui SUP lessons leave you famished, stop in for a specialty pizza or fresh hummus at Pizza Paradiso.
On your way to explore Old Lahaina Town after your Maui SUP or surfing lesson with Hawaiian Style? A great place to stop at along Lahaina’s famous Front Street is Lahainaluna Café. This local dining spot boasts delicious Hawaiian and Asian fusion cuisine amid a low-key outdoor atmosphere. Dine outside in lovely Hawaiian courtyard while you savor their delicious fish tacos, grilled mahi mahi, Korean barbecue tacos, and crazy fries. Everything is delicious at this delightful Front Street café, voted second best restaurant in Lahaina just after the shaved ice.
Another great place with local flare is Ono Tacos. This quaint little Mexican eatery serves delicious fish, chicken, pork, and beef tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and other scrumptious authentic food. This small walk-up stand on the Lower Honoapiilani Road may not have much seating, but it’s well-known for having some of the best tacos on the whole island. So take a break from surfing or stand-up paddle board, and try Ono Tacos. But remember to bring cash.
Aloha Mixed Plate
If you want to try another great eatery on Front Street, stop by Aloha Mixed Plate. Having won multiple awards for “Best Plate Lunch” in The Maui News, this little restaurant is known for its great Hawaiian platters, jumbo portions, and beachside setting. Aloha Mixed Plate offers tasty poke, coconut prawns, hoaloha poi, and kalua pork in an open-air patio dining setting with an ocean view.
So if you venture over to Lahaina after your Maui surf lessons, stop in at one of these great restaurants and let us know what you think!