Are you heading to Maui and looking for some off the beaten path local treats? I’ve rounded up some of the best places to eat in Maui including my favorite bakeries, coffee shops, food trucks, and quick food stops on different parts of the island. Not only do these places have good grub, but they’re high on local charm as well.
1.Ulupalakua Ranch Store, Ulupalakua: In the heart of Maui’s Upcountry is a huge working cattle ranch where the Ulupalakua Ranch Store has an outdoor kitchen that cooks up made to order beef and elk burgers on the store’s large porch. They usually start cooking around 11 AM and the store inside has cold drinks and side dishes. If you’re out this way, stop by Maui Winery’s Tasting Room across the street to sample their famous pineapple wine (and read this post for more of my favorite Upcountry stops.
2. La Provence, Kula: You wouldn’t expect to find an authentic French bistro and bakery on Maui, but people from all over the world are attracted to Maui and they bring their culture and food with them. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is a bit limited (mostly crepes, quiche, and eggs benedict) but there is a lovely assortment of pastries at the bakery inside (the éclairs are out of this world and not to be missed!)
3. Grandma’s Coffee House, Keokea: One of Maui’s hidden gems is located Upcountry in Keokea. Grandma’s Coffee House is a true local’s hangout and if you show up midmorning on the weekends the line is usually out the door. Grandma’s has a wide range of freshly baked goods ranging (including banana bread, cinnamon bread, chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and just about everything else you can imagine) but they also have some of the best Belgian waffles I’ve ever had. Get them loaded with strawberries and you won’t be sorry!
4. Kula Bistro, Kula: The Kula Bistro serves up truly awesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but its real draw is its stellar dessert case. Even if you’re not dining there, you can stop in and grab something to go – cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, and pastries.
5. Nui’s Garden Kitchen, Kula: If you’re Upcountry (probably seeing Haleakala or Maui’s Winery) and really want to get off the beaten path, stop by Nui’s Garden Kitchen, a Thai food truck located at Maui Nui Farm (a local farmer’s market). It’s not fancy and there’s not really anywhere to sit, but if you love Thai food, you won’t be disappointed with this place!