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Lita from Los Angeles asked

Casual dining and fun things to do in Maui

I'll be in town for my cousin's wedding for about a week.  I'm looking for casual places to dine with the wedding crew when we're not taking part in wedding festivities.  Any favorite places for breakfast, brunch, lunch and snacks?  Also, fun things to do would be cool, too!

Maui (Hawaii)

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answered first by
Andrew from Minneapolis

For breakfast, grab a freshly baked pastry and a hot cup of coffee at Grandma's Coffee House. The coffee is grown, harvested and roasted by the staff. Check out the 100-plus-year-old roaster.  If you like pastries, get to Komoda Store & Bakery early if you want a chance to try one of their fresh baked pastries. A donut on a stick? Who could resist?

For good lunch places, check out these places for some local eats:

  • Leilanis on the Beach.  Leilani's sits on Ka'anapali Beach. You can literally see where the fish on your plate came from. The fish on the menu varies by the season, but it is always good.
  • Fresh fish is served up daily at Mama's Fish House Restaurant, a Maui staple. This place is always jumping so call ahead for a table.
  • If you're looking for good ramen, Star Noodle is the place to be. The small restaurant offers a variety of dishes from Pad Thai to Udon.
  • Aloha Mixed Plate has a ton of variety. Their dishes are inspired by the cuisines of Hawaii's various ethnic groups.
  • If you're around the Kapalua Resort, The Pineapple Grill is dishing up great Pacific Island cuisine on the 18th hole of The Bay Course at Kapalua Resort. If you ask me, it's a hole in one (sorry, I had to do it).

For pizza, Matteo's Pizzeria serves house-made Italian pizzas that are cooked in their stone oven. Grab a slice and enjoy the beautiful views of Hawaii.

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  1. Grandma's Coffee House (restaurant)
  2. Komoda Store & Bakery (restaurant)
  3. Leilanis on the Beach (restaurant)
  4. Mama's Fish House Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Star Noodle (restaurant)
  6. Aloha Mixed Plate (restaurant)
  7. The Pineapple Grill (restaurant)
  8. Matteo's Pizzeria (restaurant)
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Brew from Manhattan Beach

For a fun food thing to do, check out Tedeschi Vineyards - Maui's Winery. The trip up to the winery is very interesting... get to see the "up-country" portion of Maui, which is the farming, ranching area. Nothing like taking a drive and ending up tasting some pineapple wine. Seriously. Pineapple wine. Not bad, though. I particularly liked the pineapple champagne.

If you feel like being a kid again, the water slides and pool area at the Grand Wailea Resort are a blast if you're in the right mood.  The spa there is nice, too. The "Spa Grande" is one of the better spas in the world. So if you and/or your friends and family want to hit a spa, this is probably a better option than most other places. Not to mention the name is pretty ridiculous and its fun to talk about hanging out at "Spa Grande". 

For something else fun to do, do the Road to Hana tour. Make sure to leave early. Nice to hit Mama's Fish House Restaurant (really nice restaurant) on the way back if you aren't too tired. And if you want to do the old-school Hawaii thing, check out Old Lahaina Lu'au. Extremely cheesy, yet pretty fantastic. Very kitchsy and cheesy... in a good way. Great place to get your Hawaii-Elvis on. I love it.

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