Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hawaii...Where to Eat

A few months back I was in beautiful Hawaii again for my cousin's wedding. Had an amazing time eating and exploring through Oahu and Maui with the fam. I was absolutely obsessed with tuna poke and eating as many acai bowls as possible! Below are a few of my recommendations for eating in Maui and Oahu.
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Oahu:
Blue Hawaii Lifestyle (#2312, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu)
For the best variety in acai bowls and tuna poke. 

Marukame Udon (2310 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu)
Homemade udon noodles at this hip udon bar from Tokyo. Reasonable and delicious. They also have a great selection of tempura and onigiri.

Cafe Kaila (2919 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu)
Classic breakfast food with kick ass waffles and pancakes. As you can see the cafe has the best name! Haha

Lanikai Juice (600 Kailua Rd, Kailua)
Fresh made smoothies with every tropical fruit you can think of. They also have some awesome green smoothies to get your veggie fix.

The Beet Box Cafe (66-443 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa)
Organic food at it's best, this cafe is nestled behind a small organic grocery store. Acai bowls topped with fresh granola and fruit and amazing avocado toast!

Side Street Inn (1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu)
This joint is where all the locals go and where all the chefs in town eat after hours. Awesome fried chicken and kimchi fried rice, you will leave full and satisfied! 

Maui:
Star Noodle (286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina)
Good asian fusion - pork buns, vietnamese crepes. The chef from Star Noodle, Sheldon Simeon was also featured on Top Chef.

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop (820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina)
Amazing pies, bread and desserts. The best sandwich is the seared ahi tuna sandwich. You can phone ahead of time and put aside any pie you want. Their pies and desserts sell out SUPER fast, so go early!

Monkey Pod (10 Wailea Ike Dr #201, Wailea)
Best for happy hour serving up some really unique cocktails. Drink and food specials galore!

Cafe Mambo (30 Baldwin Ave, Paia)
Great cafe in the little surf town of Paia. Must order anything with their crispy duck, my favourite is their crispy duck salad with mango salsa along with a refreshing passionfruit margarita.

Flatbread Company (89 Hana Hwy, Paia)
Fresh salads and amazing flatbread with seasonal, healthy, locally sourced ingredients.

Mana Foods (49 Baldwin Ave,  Paia)
Great organic grocery store in Paia. They also serve homemade soft serve ice cream inside and healthy take-away food from their salad bar. Also have a great selection of fresh juices and a delicious selection of bulk granola. 

O'o Farms (651 Waipoli Rd, Kula)
This is a little bit of an excursion through upcountry Maui near Kula (on the way to the volcano crater). It's a gourmet organic  farm that gives you a tour of their farm grounds and orchard. Then their in-house gourmet chef at the farm cooks up a delectable meal that you eat al fresco in the most beautiful setting. They also grow and roast their own coffee there and you get to try it as well. Simply amazing. Great activity to do.

Aloha Mixed Plate (1285 Front St, Lahaina)
This is traditional "Hawaiian" cuisine. Great restaurant, owned by the same chef that created Leoda's and Star Noodle.