I went to Maui on a mission – to experience the island’s GAStronomy. There’s a gal who does Foodie tours to — you guessed it — the island’s gas stations, sampling BBQ, sushi, and other pumpside provisions.
If you love Foodie travel, but dream of more than GAStronomy, here are my top 5 stops for Maui restaurants!
MAUI RESTAURANT STOP 1: Surfing Goat Dairy
This is not an official Maui restaurant, but it should be your first Foodie stop, only 20 minutes from the Kahului airport. You get free samples of exotically flavored goat cheese, sip a mango smoothie as you wander the farm and watch the milking, then buy crackers and some Mandalay spread (that’s the chevre with apples and curry!) for a beach picnic over on Kaanapali.
There’s also the Ole (with jalapenos and artichokes)…
the Ping Pong balls (rolled chevre marinating in olive oil)…
and even some Goat Cheese truffles!
MAUI RESTAURANT STOP 2:
Head west to Lahaina for a Maui restaurant that you might miss if not for this blog.
I missed it! In fact, I had driven by it for 4 days, thinking it was just a ramshackle old-time island home.
But once on the back porch, it’s got one of the top Maui restaurant views on the island!
It’s the Ma La Ocean Tavern, where we tickled our palates with Ahi Tartare and a frosty glass of pinot grigio, followed by a whole wok-fried fresh ocean fish.
MAUI RESTAURANT STOP 3:
Admittedly, it gets a bit crowded, but you get all the local favorites — lomi lomi salmon, ahi poke, and of course, poi poi (that pinkish mush of the island staple, taro)
And again… just check out the simply unbeatable scene — from MY dinner seat!
MAUI RESTAURANT STOP 4:
MAUI RESTAURANT STOP 5: