Where to Eat in Lahaina

Locally owned spots to dig into in this laid-back Maui town
 

Star Noodle

Lahaina’s food scene is a laid-back affair, but an abundance of independently owned gems, led by some of the island’s top chefs, make it a top dining destination.

Honu Seafood & Pizza 

Serving up comfort food right on the water, Mark Ellman’s intimate Honu is located next door to its popular sister properties Mala Ocean Tavern and Frida’s Mexican Beach House. The menu features several Ellman trademarks (including his signature ahi bruschetta), along with New England-style crab shack eats like clam chowder and Maine bay shrimp sandwiches—best washed down with one of the more than 60 beers on offer.

Must try: Fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomato pizza topped with housemade ahi sausage.

Star Noodle

Though an industrial park is the unlikely location for one of Lahaina’s big foodie draws, Star Noodle lures locals and tourists alike for its housemade noodles and pork bao buns. Just follow the cars headed inland to find this out-of-the-way spot.

Must try: Ahi avo, a play on poke made with lemon-pressed olive oil, avocado and sambal chilli.

Sale Pepe

The husband-and-wife owners of this Italian bistro, Michele and Qiana Di Bari, hail from Milan, Italy, and Brooklyn, New York, respectively. They met at one of Michele’s restaurants but married in Maui on a whim and eventually brought their love of Italian food to the island. Their restaurant is its own successful marriage: traditional Italian (Michele, who was trained at the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, lets his dough ferment for 72 hours) meets the best of Maui-grown meats and produce.

Must try: Meatballs made with beef from Maui Cattle Company and locally made Uncle Louie Sausage.

Aloha Mixed Plate

Plate lunch—an Asian-style protein (think teriyaki chicken and kalua pork) with a scoop of macaroni salad and two scoops of rice—may be Hawaii’s most iconic dish. Aloha Mixed Plate elevates this traditional plantation-workers’ lunch with its waterfront patio and mango margaritas. Bonus: this fun spot offers great breakfasts, too.

Must try: Hawaiian sweet bread French toast with coconut syrup.

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

While pies—everything from savoury pot pies to indulgent macadamia chocolate praline dessert pies—are the obvious draw, Leoda’s burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs topped with Maui Gold Pineapple chutney and poha berry mustard are a cut above the typical corner deli.

Must try: Pie. If you want sweet, go for the pineapple macadamia nut. For savoury, opt for Kula corn with lime zest, cotija cheese, chives and cilantro.

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