It’s been two decades since I visited the Hawaiian islands and to be honest, I wasn’t in any rush to get back. While I remember it being beautiful, I enjoy visiting new places, especially if the flight time is over 5 hours. But alas, my mom asked if I would join a family vacation to Maui. Tickets were cheap and she had two rooms booked at the Grand Wailea, so that didn’t hurt!
After a little research I realized eating on Maui was going to be fairly easy. I found plenty of restaurants with GF options. My only regret is not being able to find out about the plethora of food trucks around before I got to the island! I guess there’s always next time! Here are some of my favorites:
Make your own pancakes is such a fun idea – especially for a group – so we had to try this place even though I’m usually a fan of eating breakfast “at home” on vacation. Slappy Cakes in Lahaina has a vegan / gluten free batter (one squirt bottle, $8) which tastes super nutty and delicious and you can add a number of toppings for an additional cost. Each table comes with individual flat tops for creating pancake art. The restaurant cleans each before use but does not have dedicated GF surfaces. And if you don’t care for pancakes, they have plenty of other options. Get here early, there’s usually a wait!
Mama’s Fish House
Multiple friends recommended this place, so you have to figure even looking at the higher end prices, it has to be worth it. And it was. Mama’s Fish House in Paia is a Maui staple and family-owned since 1973. The menu is full of fresh fish caught daily and it even mentions who caught the fish and where with descriptions like, “Ahi caught by Greg Lind trolling the Hana coast.”
A few tips:
1) Make a reservation early! Even for a big place, they sell out fast.
2) Go for lunch so you can see the beautiful grounds, views and snap a few photos.
3) Order the curry and ask for the story behind it. The best curry I’ve ever had!
Not only is this place fun to figure out how to say, but also delicious and very gluten friendly. Located at the Grand Wailea Resort, Humuhumu is stilted over the water and is worth every penny. One unique dish that was a surprising fave: the seasonal ulu “risotto” with truffle and parmesan, made from breadfruit instead of rice. Also, you can’t go wrong with either of the wagyu steaks. Come for sunset and stay for dinner!
Fleetwood’s on Front Street
If you’re looking for a cool spot for a cocktail on Front Street in Lahaina, it doesn’t get much cooler than Mick Fleetwood 🙂 The co-founder of Fleetwood Mac owns this sexy bar on the second story, right on the water front. Happy hour and $1 oyster hour is from 2:00-5:00pm and they have a daily sunset ceremony on the rooftop at 5:45pm. And don’t forget the great live music at night!
OTHER PLACES TO CHECK OUT WHILE ON MAUI:
-The Road to Hana (if you have a car and the whole day to explore the island)
-Snorkeling with the sea turtles at Napili Beach (just don’t touch them, please!)
-Nakalele Point (hike down to a blowhole and a heart shaped rock with beautiful views)
-Upcountry Farmer’s Market (Saturdays, 7:00-11:00am)
-Ocean Vodka Distillery (Tous, $12, 9:30am-5:00pm)
-Ali’i Kula Lavender Fields (Tours, $12, 1:00pm and 2:30pm)
Aloha and mahalo! 🙂