3 Restaurants that Aren't at Your Maui Resort

Hello Readers,

I am back in the wonderful city of San Francisco. Although I am not completely excited about the cold weather, I missed the city. Actually, I mainly missed my own bedroom! It is not easy sharing a room for ten days. 

I thought for the next couple of posts, I would write about my Maui trip! This post will talk about some popular tourist spots, but mainly it will talk about locations/restaurants that may have or not have been mention before.  

For my Maui trip, my family stayed in two resorts. The first five days, we stayed Honua Kai Resort & Spa which I would totally because of its amazing balconies. The latter five days, we stayed at the Westin Kaanapali. When staying at the resorts, it can be easy to stay at the resort for all your meals and drinks, especially when they have $5 Mai Tais during happy hour. However, there are a plethora of food options that are beyond the resort and are probably cheaper. For this post, I picked out three restaurants I have not been to before. 

 Best part about Maui resorts? The koi fish! Just one of the many friendly koi fish.

Best part about Maui resorts? The koi fish! Just one of the many friendly koi fish.

 

 Cheeseburger In Paradise

 

Honestly, why we loved this place was because it was the first place we went to once we got off the plane. This restaurant is located on Front Street in Lahaina. Not only does it have excellent food, pescatarian, and vegetarian options, it has an ideal ocean view. For best ocean views, sit on the second floor. I did not get a burger because of my pescatarian diet, but their fish tacos are amazing.

Lahaina is in general offers many great bars and restaurants that offer great burgers and/or awesome views. Another place we went to was Cool Cat Cafe which is another burger place which you get the view of Front Street. Overall when in doubt, go to Front Street!

 If you are like me who doesn't eat beef, they offer beer battered fish tacos which are amazing.

If you are like me who doesn't eat beef, they offer beer battered fish tacos which are amazing.

 Yes this was a snapchat image, but look at that lovely afternoon ocean view!

Yes this was a snapchat image, but look at that lovely afternoon ocean view!

The Gazebo

The Gazebo is a well-known restaurant located next to Napili Beach. The restaurant is popular for its small hut aesthetic and its macadamia nut pancakes (which I would totally recommend with coconut syrup). It opens up at 7:30 which is perfect when you still haven't acclimated to the time difference; however, the line gets long quickly and we ended up waiting over an hour to sit down. Two options if you want to enjoy your Gazebo experience without waiting in line. A) get there early. I know it's a given, but if you want to be that first round of eaters, get there at least 45 minutes-1 hour early. B) I am not sure how much of a hack it is, but if you want the food but you don't necessarily desire to sit inside the restaurant, you can go to the side of the restaurant and order to go. My family and I did that the second round and we got our food in ten minutes. Plus, the restaurant offers no outside seating, but if you decide to take out, it gives you the opportunity to eat by the pool or even walk the extra couple of yards and sit on the beach.Not feeling pancakes? They also have amazing fried rice which comes in HUGE proportions.

 These are the huge macadamia nut pancakes. You can also get the pancakes with white chocolate in them.

These are the huge macadamia nut pancakes. You can also get the pancakes with white chocolate in them.

 Ignore the tourists, but that is the top of the Gazebo. While waiting in line, you can also grab yourself a free cup of coffee. 

Ignore the tourists, but that is the top of the Gazebo. While waiting in line, you can also grab yourself a free cup of coffee. 

Slappy Cakes

When looking outside, the restaurant looks like a small, outlet-style restaurant however inside, it is a modern breakfast house. What makes this different than any breakfast restaurant is you create your own pancakes! The table set up like a Korean bbq with a hot griddle in the middle of the table. The options for pancake style is unlimited, there are 4 flavors of pancake batter including a seasonal batter and a smattering of toppings. The batter itself is $8 and makes about 4-5 pancakes. Again it was a long wait because they don't fill up every seat at the restaurant, but they do have a bar where you can enjoy some mimosas while you are waiting.

 Making Pancakes! Also no you don't cook your own bacon; my brother is very adamant about crispy bacon.

Making Pancakes! Also no you don't cook your own bacon; my brother is very adamant about crispy bacon.

 My pineapple pancake with coconut syrup featuring my one bite of egg XD.

My pineapple pancake with coconut syrup featuring my one bite of egg XD.

Maui is beautiful and it has so many fun Hawaiian eateries. Don't take mine as the only resource for restaurants (mostly because 2 out of the 3 are breakfast places haha), but hopefully, you will still check them out! 

XOXO,

Paxton