Food in Maui
For the lucky, the taste of Maui begins before they even set foot onto America’s 50th state. To get vacationers into an Aloha state of mind, Alaska Airlines serves a Hawaiian skillet with scrambled eggs and Portuguese sausage served over pineapple fried rice for breakfast on all its Maui-bound flights. It’s a traditional Hawaiian breakfast, and it’s as yummy as it sounds, especially for airline food.
Further proof that everything just tastes better on a stick. the Caesar Salad on a Stick from the Wailea Beach Marriott acts as a quirky welcome once on the ground.
After you’ve worked up an appetite picking veggies during O’o Farms “Forage & Feast” tour (you and your guide select the vegetables from their organic gardens, then their chef prepares them), some hand-rolled chocolate truffles prepared right in front of you make for a very sweet ending to your lunch.Every day since 1983, Nita Chong and Auntie Marilyn have been serving up the Pacific’s moistest Banana Bread (capitalized out of respect of course.) Their snack stand at the halfway point on the zig-zaggy road to Hana — aptly named Halfway to Hana — makes a great pit stop to collect yourself and up your blood sugar after conquering half of one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
Maui means business when it comes to seafood, so a wander over to Nick’s Fishmarket is must. Their Ahi Tiger Eye Sushi is served tempura-style with a baby tomato salad and sake-mustard sauce and it counts itself as some of the best food in Maui.
While you’re there, treat yourself to the Ulupalakua Ranch Strawberries with Grand Marnier served with Hawaiian brown sugar, Devonshire cream & chocolate sauce. It’s flambéed tableside by your waiter, and the preparation alone is worth the visit.
End your day with Shave Ice. That’s what it’s called on Maui – shave, not shaved, and it’s found on just about every corner. Ask for ice cream at the bottom and condensed milk on the top for the true local experience. Some of the best shave ice on the island can be had at Local Boys Shave Ice.
Note: I was a guest of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau but they did not ask that I write a favourable review or stuff my face at every turn.