One thing about visiting Hawaii, as beautiful as it is, the food can get expensive. Don’t break the bank on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With just a little bit of planning you can have great meals on vacation for about the same price as back home.
One helpful tip is to eat where the locals eat. Maui has tons of affordable food options if you know where to look.
While most of the best restaurants are clustered around Lahaina, but you can find great places to eat in Hana, Kahului, Kihei and, the rustic Upcountry Maui. Food trucks are changing the dining scene in Maui, especially in more secluded areas like Hana.
Here are just a few of our favorite affordable dinning options in Maui:
808 Grindz Café – This is the best breakfast place in Lahaina, 808 Grindz is the best way to begin your day on Maui. 808 Grindz is best known for coconut and macadamia pancakes, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, and the fried rice loco moco, and is very kid friendly.
Address: 843 Waine’e St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Aloha Mixed Plate – Aloha Mixed Plate is a beachside restaurant that serves jumbo portions of plantation fare: shoyu chicken, kalbi ribs, and mochiko chicken.
Address: 1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
CJ’s Deli & Diner – C.J.’s is a homey go-to restaurant, that’s meant to be the opposite of tourist traps (with tourist prices) in Maui. They offer comfort food in Kaanapali: homemade meatloaf, mahi mahi, plate lunches & breakfasts.
Address: 2580 Kekaa Dr #120, Lahaina, HI 96761
Cool Cat Cafe – Cool Cat Café is a 1950s-style diner that just so happens to offer one of the best burgers in Maui. A great place to take kids or people-watch as you eat.
Address: 3rd floor, 658 Front St #160, Lahaina, HI 96761
Da Fish Shack – If you’re headed to Hana, Da Fish Shack is the most popular food truck in the area. They are best known for their fish tacos, and make a great pickup for an impromptu picnic. Plan a trip to Hana today!
Address: 5260 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop – This cafe serves farm-fresh American eats & handmade baked pies: sweet, savory and hand-held empanada-style pockets. They also serve hoagies, dogs, and salads, but pies, of course, are the real draw.
Address: 820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Zippy’s – Out late? Zippy’s is where you go when everything else in Maui is closed. Zippy’s is open 24 hours and even on Sundays. It’s kind of like an Asian/Denny’s fusion, and can really hit the spot. It’s also got a lot kid friendly foods to choose from.
Address: 15 Ho’okele St, Kahului, HI 96732
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