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West Maui Trip Report-Long

Court7221 | | Jun 18, 2008 03:37 PM

My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Maui in ten years. Thanks to chowhound information, we had great meals every time we ate! Our first real meal in Maui was breakfast--at The Gazebo, of course. We stayed in Kapalua and were thrilled this place was so close! We ended up going there three times and ordering the same thing every time. He had banana pancakes, and I had macadamia nut pancakes. Our first dinner was at Pineapple Grill. We did not plan ahead, just walked over on Sunday night about 6:45. We were seated at a table in the bar area. Our bartender/waitress was great! My husband ordered short ribs on the rec. of the waitress, and they were wonderful. I had the monchong, and I enjoyed it. A great start to our trip! The following night we had reservations at the Plantation House. We both had the fish of the day- mine was Mediterranean style, his Upcountry Maui style. His was very good; mine was less so-a little overbearing--lots of onion, dark brown sauce. The next day we drove to Hana and had an incredible lunch at the Hotel Hana-Maui. We both had mahi-mahi sandwiches. Heaven! That night we went to the Maui Brewing Co. I was very excited to have found out about this place, as it sounded like the sort of place my husband would love. We had already had the beer and liked it, so we were looking forward to good bar food to go along with it. The second we walked into the place, we changed out minds! Half the restaurant was closed for renovations, with a sign on the door indicating they were about to close the rest of it too for about six weeks. The part we were in was stale, sticky, and greasy. We had a beer and hightailed back to Kapalua to Sensei. No reservation meant a 45 minute wait, but we didn't mind- we hung out in the bar. Soon we got seats in the bar, and Trudy. our bartender told us we didn't need a table. She told us she was the best server in the place, and the couple next to her agreed--that's why they were eating at the bar. We did get a table and enjoyed our meal there, but I think Trudy was right. We should've stayed put! Wednesday night was Wine Wednesday at the Banyan Tree at the Ritz Carlton. (Order an entree and your bottle of wine is half off. The fine print is the 18% gratuity is charged before the discount is taken...not quite half price wine, but not a bad deal.) For some reason, I was not expecting our meal to be on par with some of our other dining choices, but I was wrong. My husband ordered the filet, and he enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but certainly good. I had the flounder. It was the single most beautiful plate I had the whole trip! Swiss chard topped with flaky white fish sprinkled with oyster mushrooms and heirloom tomatoes. Wonderful! Thursday night we went to Lahaina to Mala for the sunset and drinks. We were not disappointed. We found seats at the bar and had margaritas as the sun went down. We were torn about dinner that night. We had planned to go to Roy's, but were very tempted to stay at Mala. We did go to Roy's and had a great meal there. My husband had mahi mahi, and I had monchong. Similar preparation to the dish at Pineapple Grill. Both were good. And Friday, for our last dinner in Maui, we went to Mama's. We were enchated by the location and atmosphere. We went early for a drink and enjoyed talking with the bartender. (Someone had complained about surly bartenders in Maui. We found just the opposite of that. Every one we met was engaging, helpful, delightful. And we met lots of them!) For dinner we both ordered the ahi--one of our favorites. We were not disappointed at Mama's. Again, thanks to everyone who posted on their Maui favorites.

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