Our favorite food places in Maui

image Our most favorite restaurant in Maui is Star Noodle. We went there 3 times in 7 days so we could try almost everything on the menu. We went there on our first full day in Maui and had the pohole salad with fiddleheads, which was one of our favorites. image The pork buns were my favorite. imageWe both really enjoyed the Ahi Avo and the Singapore noodles too! image We went back the second day for lunch and  imagemade sure to have room for the tempura shrimp imageand malasadas with chocolate and butterscotch sauce! image

Our first night we went to Lahaina Grill and it was great with amazing service however, it was pretty pricy with classic Hawaiian food.  We really enjoyed Honu Seafood and Pizza, IMG_1508the second night and got the best table in the house! IMG_1505 “Honu” means turtle in Hawaiian! IMG_1523 We loved the roasted beet and ricotta salad. I ate the lobster macaroni and cheese too fast before remembering to get a picture! It was awesome. IMG_1518They had an amazing wine menu and we also had a lovely turtle pie for dessert. image

Merriman’s has a “Farm to Table” locally grown and caught menu. We had heard a lot of hype and it was fantastic, although we learned that we need to beware of meus without prices. IMG_1517_2Fortunately, the cocktails were spectacular. imageIMG_1518_2 I loved the ahi and the lilikoi tart! Apparently, a lillikoi is a Hawaiian fruit similar to a passionfruit but looks like a kumquat. IMG_1519_2 The waiter wrote, “Happy Birthday” in Hawaiian on the plate for us too!

Mala Ocean Tavern is Mr. F’s favorite restaurant. It’s also the sister restaurant to Honu. image We had a super fresh and delicious salad, called My Big Fat Greek, Kula Baby Greens, image IMG_1578 Mahi mahi ala plancha, IMG_1579  Ahi sashmi, and of course, the Carmel MirandaimageIMG_1581 The amazing sunset was pretty perfect too!

We spent a whole day in Wailea and went to Monkeypod, Merriman’s second restaurant and we really enjoyed Migrant, Star Noodle’s sister restaurant. I love fancy Filipino food and it makes me think of my grandmother! IMG_1697 They brought us chicharróns and chili water when we sat down. IMG_1702They were amazing! They also happen to be my mom’s favorite.  IMG_1705 We liked the Ahi avo better at Star Noodle but it was still pretty awesome at Migrant. The pea shoots with a soft poached egg and lumpia crisp were phenomenal and I would love to eat this more!IMG_1706 The Korean fried chicken was also pretty tasty, IMG_1707but I wish it had been more than wing size and that there was more peanut sauce.   IMG_1709  The Migrant’s pancit was delicious and so different than my grandmother’s pancit, even the parrots were eyeing our food! IMG_1713 For dessert, we got pineapple upside down cake IMG_1715 which was absolutely perfect as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.  IMG_1726

Our last dinner in Maui was at Star Noodle!   IMG_1709_2 We got the pohole salad for the second time and it did not disappoint. We also got the special sous vide ribs, IMG_1710_2 with fried soup, IMG_1713_2 and the infamous pad thai.  IMG_1716_2 We also saved room for dessert and had the phenomenal mango pudding! IMG_1718_2

Before we went to the airport, we went to our favorite Maui food truck a second time! I wish we could get funked up fish tacos like the Shark Pit’s in Seattle! IMG_1780 IMG_1781 IMG_1783 IMG_1784I also got the Kalbi ground beef tacos and the pork sausage which were delicious, but the fish tacos are the best!

The next time we go to Maui, we will make sure to go back to Star Noodle, Shark Pit, Mala Ocean Tavern and Honu, in that order! If time, we will also return to the Migrant!

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