Just back from an amazing wedding in Kanapali and had a great time. Not only was the wedding great but the grinds were outrageous.
The wedding was held at the Hyatt at Cascades. I can't recommend this place enough as the wedding food (usually a drag) was actually good... but that isn't what I'm writing about.
After two days at hotel row in Kanapali I moved to Lahina. While it is also touristy, they have a much better selection of food there, so I was happy.
I ate at Bamboo the first night and was pleasantly surprised. It is really a bar (I went for a beer after the wedding) but they serve Veitnamese food. The pho broth was made at time of ordering and really good. So I tried the spring rolls which were just okay. Then I went green curry tofu and was also happy. Good eats.
The next day were some noshes here and there but the star was Maui Tacos for their use of at least three types of fish in their tacos with a good marinade. Their tacos far surpassed Wahoo's simply because the meat would give you a different taste with every bite (again, the different types of fish used). Good stuff.
Next door to Maui Tacos in Lahina is a Phillipino market that has a good take out. I don't know what I ate but it was pork in a dark red/brown sauce that was mildly spicy and really good. I sure wish they'd put signs up on their take out, though.
I had breakfast with some friends at the Plantation, which was unimpressive. The ambiance was great, but the food just mediocre so I won't dwell on it.
The next night I had a date with the "best woman" (I was the best man so it was fitting). We had reservations at the renown O'I, but she was late and we missed them. We tried other spots but the wait was just too long, so we ended up at Longhi's. Do not go here. Repeat, stand down, this place blows.
We were seated in the noisiest room I've ever been in. This place was so loud it makes Chuck-E-Cheese seem like a library. While seated at a two top my date and I couldn't hear one another at all. We never met our waiter, even after sitting twenty minutes. The hostest came over and asked if we'd like wine, which we then ordered, and must have fallen in a great hole because it also never arrived. After twiddling our thumbs for twenty minutes I finally told my date that we were out of there and went to plan B.
Plan B was back to Bamboo for takeout and up to my room. This time we got a rice noodle/tofu/tomato/basil salid with a spicy chili oil dressing, 5 noodles and a fried egg/tomato/onion salad. Again, my friends there didn't disappoint.
The next night had me back in Kanapali and with the bride and groom for pupu's at the Rusty Harpoon (we had a gift cert... what can I say). The food, barring the coconut shrimp, plainly sucked. The service was worse. Again, don't go there as you will regret it.
In true grub lover style, we ended up at Barefoot Bar next door to split a burger with the bride (she craves it, she gets it). The burger was of Kobe beef and very good. The bun was a wheat, with a slight crispness to it. The meat cooked perfectly, nicely juicy and flavorful. The bun wasn't packed with produce, just a good simple burger. I'd recommend this joint.