“The Best of Maui” 2014

Aloha!

Every year, the Maui News (www. mauinews.com) runs the “Best of Maui”, billed as “Your guide to Maui’s premier restaurants, activities, and more…” and voted on by Maui’s own residents and visitors alike.

The 2014 Results are In!

Restaurants:

Best Overall Restaurant:

Mama’s Fish House (also voted #1 for Service!)
799 Poho Pl.
Kuau… 579–8488. (Paia, really)
http://www.mamasfishhouse.com

Honorable Mentions:

Lahaina Grill
127 Lahainaluna Rd.
Lahaina… 667–5117
http://www.lahainagrill.com

Honu
1295 Front St.
Lahaina… 667–9390
http://www.honumaui.com

Best New Restaurant:
Ka’ana Kitchen
Andaz Maui at Wailea
3550 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea. 573-1234
http://www.andaz.hyatt.com

Honorable Mentions:
Migrant
Wailea Beach Marriott
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr.
Wailea. 875-9384

Morimoto Maui
(same info as Ka’ana Kitchen above)

A side note: We tried a new restaurant in Paia called “Jazoo”. Their ad states, “Evolving Pacific flavors with a little Seoul.”
We were meeting friends there, and found it exceedingly noisy because there is no acoustic control with the tile floor, or on the ceiling. Also, their small plates were good but seemed overpriced for what we got. We had a big steak eater in the group and he was not happy. None of us were happy because we had to SHOUT to hear ourselves talk! I like to “dine,” I really hate the open kitchen concept. Which leads us to…

Best Ambience…
#1….
5 Palms
2960 S. Kihei Rd.
Kihei 879-2607
http://www.5Palmsrestaurant.com
(This is one of my very favorites during whale season, because the whales hang out right out front. Plus it’s got old-school half -round booths, which I love for their comfort factor.)

Honorable Mentions:

Merriman’s Kapalua
1 Bay Club Place
Kapalua. 669–6400
http://www.merrimanshawaii.com

Mama’s Fish House
799 Poho Pl.
Kuau… 579–8488. (Paia, really)
http://www.mamasfishhouse.com

Best Appertizer:

Hali’imaile General Store (yes, it’s a restaurant. What won? The sashimi napoleon. Yum!)
900 Hali’imaile Rd.
Makawao… 572–2666
http://www.bevgannonnrestaurants.com

Honorable Mentions:

Ko
The Fairmont Kealani
4100 Wailea Alanui…875–2210
http://www.korestaurant.com

Lahaina Grill
127 Lahainaluna Rd.
Lahaina… 667–5117
http://www.LahainaGrill.com

We have eaten everywhere but Ko, Migrant (don’t care for Filipino food) and the two new ones at (the also new) Andaz Maui Hotel. We hear they are very expensive. Hands-down, our ultimate favorite is always Mamas Fish House. If you’re planning a vacation here, make that restaurant reservation plenty early! Just be prepared for the prices.

More next time…

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Aloha, Jamaica