I'll be in Maui for about a week staying all over the island (West, Central, East and South) during the Christmas holidays. So my restaurant choices have a lot to do with where I'll be staying at the moment as I don't like to drive long distances. As I stated in my other post looking for chow in Oahu, my preference is to have a mix of casual and fancy meals and to eat foods that aren't as common in my hometown of NYC (eg. no Gerard's). This is what I have so far:
Breakfasts (and/or snacks, depending on how you look at it)
T Komoda Store and Bakery -- donut on a stick; cream puffs
Tasaka guri guri in kahlalui -- sherbet
Real Fruit Ice Cream -- W. Maui
Lahaina Farms in W. Maui -- for poke and fixins for a beach lunch
Takamiya Market in C. Maui -- for food to eat later at Haleakala National Park
Mama's Fish Market in C. Maui -- am curious to see what side I'm on
Da Kitchen -- probably at Kahului location as I heard it was better and the menu is expanded
Eskimo Candy in S. Maui
Sam Sato's in C. Maui-- for their dry saimin
Honokowei Ozakya Deli in W. Maui -- a bit more casual than I would have preferred for dinner, but would love to check this place out, especially as I've read the former owner used to be at Mama's Fish House and the new owner is still using many of the recipes; was planning on bringing the food back to my hotel and eating it on the lanai
Merriman's in W. Maui
Hali'maile General Store in C. Maui
Spago in S. Maui
Cafe O'Lei in S. Maui
1. In my hasty planning, I made the mistake of driving to and staying at Hana on Christmas Day. The banana bread guy told me he was going to be open on Christmas. Is there a market that will be open in Kahului on Christmas Day, or will I have to pick my groceries up the day before as I plan on cooking dinner at Hana?
2. For W. Maui, I've got Merriman's as my "fancy" meal. One of the reasons I picked it is because they have these signature platters where one can try many different dishes. Yet I read mixed reports on this place. But I also keep reading mixed reports on other places out there as well -- Lahaina Grill, Mala, Pineapple Grill, Plantation House, etc. What would be your choice for your fancy meal in W. Maui?
3. Any recommendations for stands on the road from Hana the day after Christmas?
4. I will be at Spago and have read many recommendations for the tasting menu. Does this need to be ordered in advance? And how much food is it? I'm a little concerned because we'll be away for two weeks and our regular diet is worlds away from this richer one we plan to do in Hawaii. I'm afraid that we'll end up feeling pretty shitty by the end of our trip. So I'm trying not to overstuff myself (though it will be hard as I'll be surrounded by a lot of temptation!).
5. Any other recommendations for light breakfasts/snacky type of foods?