Staying in a condo seemed to give us more momentum to go out and explore a more varied menu than we usually do in a resort, and I was armed with a bunch of TA recommendations for restaurants and BBQ recipes!
We found a bunch of nice local rubs and hot sauces at Tutu’s Pantry in one of the outdoor malls in Kihei and enjoyed grilling ribs, wings, and burgers at the condo. There were plenty of BBQs in the MK complex and I only wound up sharing grill space once. I have a “real” BBQ at home – no gas, but I felt the call of the gas grill while there – so easy!
We were entertained by the menu at Duo with the fish entrees ranging from $80-100 but didn’t stop to eat there – so not our speed! Here’s a brief rundown of places we did eat:
Gannon’s – went here the 1st night for HH and enjoyed the beautiful view as well as some nice kung pao calamari and…oh dear the memories are all running together – mushrooms and goat cheese I think. The place was overrun with drunken golfers who made it very loud even out on the patio.
Mama’s Fish House – I had to know if it is all hype or not, so took my wife here on Mother’s Day. Now I know it’s wonderful! Such an idyllic setting and such great service in our experience! Yes, expensive but nothing like Duo! Nice Kula caprese salad, Stuffed Mahi Mahi, 3 fish panang curry, mai tais and the pearl for dessert – oh baby it was good! Hung out at Ho’okipa watching the surfers afterwards.
Coconuts – ate lunch here 3-4 times. LOVE those fish tacos, they are insanely good! Also had the wasabi ahi burger which was very good. Biggest side of fries I have ever seen!
808 deli – when I wasn’t having lunch at Coconuts, I was here. Great staff and sandwiches. Trried to get to 808 bistro but didn’t happen as they are closed mid-day.
Café O’Lei – twice. Sushi the first time and an unmemorable sandwich for lunch the next. Good food, lackluster service. Insane Maui onion soup! The topping…that crouton that goes on top? Insanely sized pastry puff. Yummy!
Hali'imaile General Store – I loved the drive out there and the feel of the plantation house. Food was good, but didn’t wow me. Seafood Chowder had good flavors but was super thick like a bisque gone wrong.
Moose McGillicudy’s – great happy hour prices here, great view as well.
Kihei Caffe – had the papaya delight and banana mac pancakes and enjoyed them. Some of the other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked a bit weird though. Like a pile of fried rice topped with 2 eggs and gravy – some things I just can’t do for breakfast. Ginormous cinnamon rolls here though!
Maui Thai Bistro – meh. What can I say, I got tired of seafood!
Staying in the condo got us out more often and also saved a bunch of $$$ that we would have been dropping at the resort restaurants!