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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Pono is a warehouse kitchen open six days a week for retail, selling great custard pies that are gluten- and dairy-free. Breadfruit is the key.
A coconut ice cream purveyor on a lonely curve on the Road to Hana, Coconut Glen makes dairy-free ice cream that's even better than some with butterfat.
A jewel in the Kahalui airport adjacent “Plate Lunch Plaza” food truck park, Thai Mee Up serves the flavors of Thailand with Hawaiian sensibilities.
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.