We spent six nights in Napili in mid-November and ate most of our meals in our condo, but here's what we did when we ventured out to eat:
Upon arrival to Maui, we were all very hungry and spotted Las Pinatas in Kahului. We had a quesadilla, an enchilada combo, a taco-enchilada combo and a bean and cheese burrito. Everything was quite good, at least on par with typical independent Southern California Mexican food places, albeit at Maui prices. I'd go back on a future visit to Maui. I think we spent around $45 including three soft drinks and two beers.
One night for dinner we got a roasted chicken at Napili market that was quite good and a bargain for $6.99.
Another night we went to Honokowai Fish Market for fish sandwiches. We got two seared ahi burgers, a mahi mahi burger and a bowl of seafood chowder. The sandwiches were around $11 each and the soup was about $5. This was very good. The seared ahi sandwiches had a nice wasabi kick and my mahi mahi burger had lettuce and tartar sauce. The soup needed salt but was pretty good as well. There was also a taco truck in this parking lot that looked tempting, but we were too full from the fish burgers to try anything. Take note that despite being part "restaurant" and part fish market, Honokowai Fish Market closes pretty early. We were lucky to arrive at 6:50 only to see they closed at 7:00 the night we went.
We went to Mama's Fish House on Sunday for lunch. The bread and butter was good, but the amuse bouche was a disappointment. It was a small cup of pineapple coconut water that was very blah. My wife got the signature macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi stuffed with crab and lobster, I got uku that was cooked with tomatoes, capers and garlic, and our son got seared ahi that I believe was panko crusted as well. All the entrees were amazing, but it's clear why the stuffed mahi mahi is their signature dish. Each bite was unbelievable. We passed on dessert. With one alcoholic drink, two iced teas and the entrees, the bill was around $170. This was my third time at Mama's and really, it wouldn't be a trip to Maui without at least one meal there.
The last meal we ate out on our trip was at the McDonald's Express at Whalers Village. I wouldn't typically mention this here, but I will for two reasons. One, we had gone to Whalers Village in part for the outdoor dance show they have on Monday nights. The McDonald's is nearby in the food court and we turned a simple meal into a poor man's luau of sorts, eating our meal and watching the show. The second reason I mention this meal is because it's maybe the best McDonald's cheeseburger I've had in years. They actually cooked everything to order, despite being tucked in a small space at the end of the food court.
Mama's Fish House
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