Flight Network Foodie Hawaii Diaries
One of the richest and pristine places on the planet, Maui has a lot to offer. You’d be right to think of the beautiful beaches, warm sun, and friendly aloha spirit. However, I’m here today to tell you that Maui is home to some spectacular food and drink and you need it in your life. During your stay on the island, you’ll be able to enjoy the freshest of both sea and land! I went ahead and got a list together of the best of the best. Check out our picks for what can’t be missed during your trip. I hope you’re hungry!
Picture Credits: Salt Shine Creative, Merriman’s Kapalua
With one of the most breathtaking views of the sea you can find, Merriman’s Hawaii is the place to dine, and dine well. They use a farm to table concept, which is so important to the sustainability and future of this beautiful island. The menu is extremely fresh and varied, with seafood, meat, veggie options, and of course sweets gracing their elegant menu. The food itself reflects the natural beauty and abundance of the land and sea, and this place does a great job at showcasing that. Don’t just take my word for it either, since this hardworking team has won a multitude of awards that would impress anyone! Some examples include: Honolulu Magazine – Best Maui Restaurant, Silver, Hawaii Magazine – Best Wedding Venue as well as Best Farm to Table Restaurant. And those are just a few! And to any potential brides/grooms out there, be sure to check our their venue space!
Picture Credits: Maui Brewing Company
Founded in 2005 by Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley, Maui Brewing Company has been brewing with the aloha spirit ever since. Since then they’ve grown to over 800 employees and are as dedicated to the environment as they are to their craft beer fans! Thanks to their vast solar panel array and Tesla battery, they cover about 95% of their power needs themselves. In fact, they’ve even been named “America’s Favorite Solar Craft Brewery” this year! In addition to solar power, they also have something else to celebrate. Through the combined efforts of their eco-friendly methods, they will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 2,000,000 pounds per year! That’s not all that exciting here either. Between 2019 and 2020, they’re set to launch some exciting new additions to their already beloved lineup. Be on the lookout for their ready-to-enjoy cocktail line, and their brand new line of hard seltzers kicking off next year!
Picture Credits: Ululanis Shave Ice
I think the world needs more sweetness, don’t you? Thankfully Ululanis Shave Ice agrees with us too! Unlike some of the other shave ice you may have already encountered, Ululanis does things differently. Their syrups are all hand-crafted using 100% pure cane sugar as well as local fruits and flavors. Add a lot of love and passion for good shave ice and you’ll be falling in love at first taste! These guys pack a lot of flavor (and fun) in their craft. They’ve even been awarded the 2019 Gold ‘Aipono Award “Best Shave Ice” by Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine three years in a row! You really can’t go wrong with any of their flavors either. Don’t be overwhelmed with the amount of options available! There’s no shame in making additional trips later on if you find that additional “research” is needed before picking your favorite.
Picture Credits: Tin Roof Maui
Opened by one of America’s favorite chefs, Sheldon Simeon, Tin Roof Maui is a celebration of all things culinary. After having won Fan Favorite in no less than two seasons of Top Chef Sheldon opened up this place in 2016 and has been dazzling taste buds nonstop! The food is a playful take on classic local dishes, including a variety of poke, kau kau tins, sandwiches, noodles, and more. If that sounds right up your alley (and of course it does) you have to check it out during your trip to Maui. The elegant combination of tradition and innovative modern cuisine makes this an experience you’ll want to savor over and over again. Plus, the menu is varied and super affordable so there’s no shame in visiting multiple times! I’m not about to tell you that I’ve never visited the same restaurant twice in one day anyway.
Picture Credits: South Shore Tiki Lounge
You can’t visit Hawaii without experiencing a real, local tiki bar, and the South Shore Tiki Lounge is the place to do it. There’s no shame in ordering an exciting (and delicious) fruity cocktail here, that’s what’s expected! They’re most well known for their unbelievable happy “hour”, which runs from 11AM – 6PM. That’s when you’ll find $4 well, $4 margaritas, $4 bloody marys, $4 Pacifico on draft and $4 Primo on draft. Just the treat you deserve after a long day in paradise, right? This bar is incredibly popular with both tourists and locals so it’s a great place to mix and maybe meet someone new too! If you’re there from 4-6 you’ll get to hear some of the best live music on the island. After 10 they open up the dance floor and have some of the most talented DJs play until 2AM too!