ALOHA MIXED PLATE Hawaiian. This casual eatery has received praise from the New York Times and Food & Wine for its incredible beachfront location, traditional Hawaiian fare and affordable prices. Try the famous coconut prawns or their signature mixed plate, which comes with shoyu (soy sauce) chicken, teriyaki beef and mahimahi. Complete the experience by ordering a fruity mai tai from the bar. alohamixedplate.com. 1285 Front St., 808.661.3322.
LEODA’S KITCHEN & PIE SHOP Various. Keep your eyes peeled and try not to get distracted by the scenery as you might miss this gem in Lahaina with beach cottage-chic sensibility. From their kitchen come hoagies, hot dogs with housemade buns, salads (we recommend the fried salad), burgers
served on signature potato buns, sandwiches and fresh pies with flaky crusts. leodasmaui.com. 820 Olowalu Village, 808.662.3600.
MAUI TACOS Mexican. A restaurant fusing traditional Mexican fare with the exotic flavors from the Hawaiian Islands. mauitacos.com. Lahaina Square, 840 Wainee St., 808.661.8883; Kalama Village Center, 1913 S. Kihei Rd., 808.874.6088; Piilani Village Shopping Center, 247 Piikea Ave., 808.875.9340; Napili Plaza, 5095 Napilihau St., 808.665.0222; Queen Kaahumanu Center, 275 Kaahumanu Ave., 808.871.7726; Kamaole Beach Center, 2411 S. Kihei Rd., 808.879.5005.
OLD LAHAINA LUAU Hawaiian. This traditional Hawaiian feast has earned marks of excellence from the Zagat Survey and has won the Kahili Award for its accurate portrayal of Native Hawaiian culture. Guests learn about Hawaii’s rich history while enjoying a fabulous hula show, ocean view and sunset. oldlahainaluau.com. 1251 Front St., 808.667.1998 or 800.248.5828.
STAR NOODLE Regional. It’s sleek, chic and creative, the top of the heap whether you’re a noodle lover or not. Known for its Singapore Noodles, Pad Thai, Garlic Noodles, Lahaina Fried Soup and a host of other delectables. starnoodle.com. 286 Kupuohi St., 808.667.5400.