What To Eat in Hawaii
The best eats in paradise are fresh poke, shave ice, and the Portuguese-ancestored fritters known as malasadas. Plate lunch restaurants abound throughout the islands.
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Sam Sato’s specializes in Saimin, Hawaii’s riff on Ramen. However, dry noodles are the "mein" attraction: one of the best noodle bowls anywhere.
On Maui’s touristy Southwestern coast, South Maui Fish Company is a truck that offers fisherman-fresh grilled mahi mahi and some of the island’s best poke.
Hawaii is frozen over with Shave Ice stands. This converted VW bus in Kihei stands out for using real fruit and coconut milk for a more natural, and tasty cup of snow.
A working organic farm with a superb concession shop, Hana bakes special treats that include famous banana bread.
In Hana proper, Bruddah’s is a semi-permanent truck serving real island BBQ specialties such as kalua pig alongside creative interpretations of Hawaiian snacks.
Creative versions of classic Hawaiian kau kau tins and lunch plates are executed with balance and grace. Must-eat: pork belly & garlic noodles.
Maui’s most famous food truck makes what is likely the island’s best plate lunch based on some of the most flavorful crustaceans we’ve found on the road.
Rather than a raised glazed, many Hawaiians start the day with malasadas. Maui’s best are made to order here. Other island sweets are exemplary as well.
In the heart of Wailuku is Maui’s local diner with traditional Hawaiian breakfasts and “world famous pancakes.” We’ll take ours with banana.