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Cheap eats in Maui

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Cheap eats in Maui

We have been told food costs are much higher in Maui compared to Honolulu. Any holes in the wall like they have at the International market in Waikiki?

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1. Re: Cheap eats in Maui

LA Times ran this article last year for Cheap Eats on Maui


Rosemary must have gained 20 lbs after writing that article, and some of her picks are pretty bad.

I like Aloha Plate in Lahaina, Honolua Store at Kapalua, and Da Kitchen in Kahului.

Most all of them have reviews in TA.

Menifee, California
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Aloha Mixed Plate...lunch and Dinner

CJ's Deli offers great food...all 3 meals per day

Honokawai Okazuya and Deli offers great lunch and dinner at a reasonable price

Cilantro's in Lahaina town has some good Mexican food

Castaway Cafe has a good breakfast and lunch...they also serve dinner but prices are a little steep for me.

Gazebo has a great breakfast

Moose McGillacuddy's has cheap food and BIG portions

Bryan Brown


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"We have been told food costs are much higher in Maui compared to Honolulu."

Definitely NOT true!!! It just depends where you go. Maui has tons of hole in the wall places too. Maybe not quite as many as Oahu, which is the best island for cheap eating!! Now of course, if you never leave Wailea or Kaanapali or Lahaina (like most people do), then you'll never see any of them!!

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I just got 2 words: Da Kitchen!!!!!!!!

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Kahuna Kabob's in Lahaina is really yummy!

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I must agree with Bryan Brown here. He has listed some great places.

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If you shop carefully in the grocery stores; it's not bad. Plus, a $5 footlong is a $5 footlong on Maui too. Eating the biggest meal of the day @ lunchtime can definitely save at restaurants; we hit the Canoe (if I recall the name correctly) on the north end of Lahaina a couple of times during 'happy hour' and did okay on 1/2-off appetizers and discounted drinks; good view too. Check the restaraunt reviews in TA and you'll do fine.

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Is 5 dollar footlong also good on Maui? On Oahu, we always had trouble with those specials. It was more like 8 dollar footlong.

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I get fooled by those $5 commercials all of the time and wind up paying much higher island prices. At least McDonald still has dollar value sandwiches. Yuck, but you can't beat the price.

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CJ's at the Fairway Shops has a great variety for good prices. Also Santa Fe Cantina in the Lahaina Center off of Front Street has affordable mexican type of food.