Restaurants

Top Choice Hawaiian in Haliʻimaile

Haliʻimaile General Store

The culinary sorceress behind this destination dining spot is chef Bev Gannon, who was one of the original forces behind the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement. A steady flow of in-the-know diners beat a track to this…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Kula

Kula Lodge Restaurant

Assisted by its staggering view, perhaps the best of any Maui restaurant, Kula Lodge has reinvented itself to great effect. Inside, veteran Chef Marc McDowell has the kitchen humming to a farm-to-table variety menu.…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Kihei

Café O’Lei

This strip-mall bistro looks ho-hum at first blush. But step inside: the sophisticated atmosphere, innovative Hawaii Regional Cuisine, honest prices and excellent service knock Café O’Lei into the fine-dining big le…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Princeville

Kauaʻi Grill

Kauaʻi Grill is where the cuisine is sophisticated and the views extend for miles. Pan-seared black cod with Malaysian chili sauce and sautéed Kona lobster are the stars, while tarragon-braised octopus and kampachi …
Top Choice Hawaiian in Hanapepe

Taro Ko Chips Factory

Thinly sliced kalo (taro) that’s been seasoned with garlic salt, slathered with oil and tortured in a deep wok makes for some crispy, slightly sweet but mostly salty crunching. The farmer who grows the taro is also …
Top Choice Hawaiian in Pukoʻo

Manaʻe Goods & Grindz

Even if it wasn't your only option, you'd still want to stop here. The plate lunches are something of a local legend: tender yet crispy chicken katsu (deep-fried fillets), specials such as pork stew, and standards s…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Waikiki

Rainbow Drive-In

If you only hit one classic Hawaiian plate-lunch joint, make it this one. Wrapped in rainbow-colored neon, this famous drive-in is a throwback to another era. Construction workers, surfers and gangly teens order all…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Honaunau

Super J's

The full title of this place is ʻKaʻaloa's Super J's Hawaiian Food,' but everyone calls it Super J's. They also call it freakin' delicious. The laulau (pork, chicken or fish wrapped inside taro or ti leaves) is stea…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Lahaina

Lahaina Grill

The windows at the Lahaina Grill frame a simple but captivating tableau: beautiful food being enjoyed in beautiful surrounds. Once inside, expectations are confirmed by the service and the food. The menu uses fresh …
Top Choice Hawaiian in Lanaʻi City

Lana‘i Ohana Poke Market

Seating choices at this simple place are limited to picnic tables in the sun or shade. But the poke (cubed raw fish mixed with shōyu, sesame oil, salt, chili pepper, ‘inamona or other condiments) choices are myriad:…