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Chef-restaurateur Beverly Gannon's first restaurant remains a culinary destination after more than two decades. The big, rambling former plantation store has two dining rooms: sit in the front to be seen and heard; head on back for some quiet and privacy. Classic dishes like crab boboli, Asian duck tostada, grilled lamb chops, and many more are complemented with daily and nightly specials.To get here, take the exit on the left halfway up Haleakala Highway. www.bevgannonrestaurants.com. Credit cards accepted.
Sandwiched between a dive shop and a salon in a nondescript mini strip mall, this small place has only a few stools and a couple of tables outside, but it's fast and the food is consistently good—all it takes to keep the place filled with locals. The mahimahi with lemon capers, and beef black bean chow fun are the top-selling favorites. There's plenty more including vegetarian and lighter fare such as Grandma's spicy tofu, egg fu young, and even a veggie burger. The fresh chow fun noodles sell out quickly. No credit cards. Closed all day Sunday and every day between 2:30 and 4:30.
If you're taking a drive through gorgeous Upcountry Maui, this is a great place to stop for a truly homegrown cup of coffee and snack. All of the coffee is grown right on the slopes of Haleakala and roasted on the premises in a 100-year-old roaster proudly on display. The baked goods are fabulous—particularly the lemon bars—and the variety of menu items for breakfast and lunch is vast. Eggs, omelets, crepes, and fantastic home fries are served for breakfast; salads, sandwiches, lasagna, and more can be ordered at lunch. Enjoy your coffee and goodies on the lovely deck; sometimes a Hawaiian musician is there playing a tune. www.grandmascoffee.com. Credit cards accepted. No dinner.
For nearly three decades, classically trained French chef Gerard Reversade—he started as an apprentice in acclaimed Paris restaurants when he was just 14—has remained true to his Gascony roots. His exacting standards—in the dining room as well as in the kitchen—have always been the hallmarks of his charming eponymous restaurant. He cooks his way, utilizing island ingredients in such classic dishes as Hamakua mushrooms in puff pastry, escargots forestière, Molokai shrimp consommé, terrine of foie gras, and confit of duck. The wine list is first-class. Floral fabrics and white tablecloths echo the look of a French country inn. www.gerardsmaui.com. Credit cards accepted. No lunch.
Breakfast is the reason to seek out this restaurant located poolside at the Napili Shores Resort. The ambience is a little funky but the oceanfront setting and views are spectacular—including the turtle, spinner dolphin, and, in winter, humpback-whale sightings. The food is standard diner fare and portions are big. Many folks think the Gazebo serves the best pancakes on West Maui. Have them with pineapple, bananas, macadamia nuts, or chocolate chips, or make up your own combination. You will almost certainly have to wait for a table, sometimes for quite a while, but at least it's a pleasant place to do so. Credit cards accepted. No dinner.
You'll love the amazing ocean and mountain views at this outpost of acclaimed chef Beverly Gannon, as well as the splashy Red Bar. Here you'll find Beverly's style of food, which consists of local products prepared with international flavors. For a starter, try the warm goat cheese Maui onion tart with roasted pears, and follow that with fennel-chilli-crusted ahi with lemon beurre blanc. Breakfast is especially nice here. The outdoor lanai seating is cool in the morning and overlooks the parade of boats heading out to Molokini. www.gannonsrestaurant.com. Credit cards accepted.
Vermont-based Flatbread Company marched right in to Paia in 2007 and instantly became a popular restaurant and a valued addition to the community. As part of the company's mission, they started "giving back" to local nonprofits immediately. Happily, along with the altruism, the food is fantastic. There's a big, primitive-looking, earthen, wood-fired oven from which emerge utterly delicious flatbread pizzas. They use organic, local, sustainable products, including 100% organically grown wheat for the made-fresh-daily products. The place is a good spot to take the kids. There's a no reservations policy but they do have "call ahead seating"—you can put your name on the wait list before you arrive. www.flatbreadcompany.com. Reservations not accepted. Credit cards accepted.
Overlooking the ocean from a bluff above Wailea Beach, this outdoor Italian restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is beautiful both day and night. For lunch, indulge in a lobster sandwich or a variety of stone-baked pizzas. At dinner, try the arugula and endive salad and a house-made pasta. If chef Nicholas Porreca is offering one of his tasting menus, you should order it. Not surprisingly, the wine list includes excellent Italian choices. Live classical music often adds to the atmosphere, and occasionally you can spot celebrities at the bar. www.fourseasons.com/maui. Credit cards accepted.
Whether you're a party of 10 or 2, this is the place to stop for what is arguably the best Chinese food on Maui. Dim sum is available only during lunch, but for a real treat, try some of the house specialties like the honey walnut prawns, spicy crab Singapore-style, and the sizzling platter of fish with basil leaves. Top it all off with Maui's own Roselani lychee sherbet. Credit cards accepted.
Chef-owner Eric Arbogast has admirably turned this tiny space tucked into a corner of a strip mall into a comfortable restaurant serving well-prepared, delicious food. Signature dishes include spicy tuna nachos, Togarashi seared ahi, fresh local fish (prepared nightly in at least four different ways), Asian marinated grilled steak, and South of the Border marinated pork. The wine list is user-friendly, and the service is welcoming. www.cuatromaui.com. Credit cards accepted. No lunch.
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