For an authentic experience on the islands, there is no better choice than to sample foods that are unique to Hawaii. On top of that, you’re probably wanting to keep most of your dining experiences budget-friendly. Well if you know the right places it all comes at an affordable price and satisfies the taste buds, so let us help you find out where locals love to eat!
When it comes to cuisine, Maui has a wide variety of local dishes to offer. First, try to narrow down exactly what you are looking for. Are you wanting authentic local food? Or maybe a place where the whole family can find something they like? Have you been thinking about trying a certain dish since you started planning your vacation? No matter what it is we can guarantee there’s a place for whatever you are looking for.
Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite affordable, go-to spots to grab a bite to eat on the island. We hope these satisfy your appetite!
Located in Kahului, about 5 minutes from the airport, Tin Roof is a classic local favorite. It has been named Maui’s hottest lunch spot, only opening Monday-Saturday from 10am-2pm. Make sure you fit this into your vacation because it is a can’t miss kind of place. Tin Roof is famous for its mochiko chicken dish, chicken covered with sweet mochiko batter, fried, then topped with delicious gochujang aoili. They have a wide variety of other local dishes including garlic shrimp plates, poke bowls, and revolving daily specials that you can’t miss.
Local tip: To avoid crowds, especially since seating is limited, order online and pick up in store.
South Maui Fish Company
Just like Tin Roof, this is a coveted lunch spot that is only open for a few hours a day, but worth it to make time for. Located in Kihei, South Maui Fish Company is a food truck that boasts a menu full of island favorites. Most famous for their fresh local catch and mouth watering poke bowls, this spot should be at the top of your list. If you’re on the hunt for fish tacos, look no further because these are also on the menu, topped with a pineapple coconut milk slaw they are unlike any other on Maui. They even have hot dogs for the kiddos or the friend who just doesn’t want fish!
Local tip: If you’re not ready to fully commit to a poke bowl full of raw fish, try sharing one of their fish plates with a friend! These have a generous portion of fresh fish, rice, and slaw; more than enough to share between 2-3 people.
Kinaole Grill Food Truck
In the heart of Kihei, right off of South Kihei Road, sits the brightly colored Kinaole Grill Food Truck. Perfect for lunch or dinner, this truck is parked close to Kamaole 1 Beach Park, making it easy to grab a bite to eat and take it to the beach for a picnic lunch or sunset dinner. The truck serves local-style “plate lunches” and is the perfect spot if you’re looking for seafood! Some of their food options include coconut shrimp, mahi mahi and seared ahi. Delicious food close to the beach is a definite win in our book!
For the best acai bowl on Maui look no further! Brekkie bowls is a hidden gem located in North Kihei. This acai bowl “food truck” is tucked away near Makena CrossFit gym, but don’t let the location fool you, this place is the real deal. Here you’ll find fresh, quality ingredients with stellar customer service. You can customize any bowl to your liking, and even try a specialty “pitaya fruit” bowl!
Local tip: If you like matcha, try the superfood city bowl. It comes with acai, chia pudding and matcha puree!