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 island fish. Complete the experience by ordering a fruity mai tai from the bar. alohamixedplate.com. 1285 Front St., 808.661.3322.
BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. American. Plenty of the namesake fare in a casual atmosphere—its Dixie-style baby-back ribs and drink menu are noteworthy pieces of chocolate, too. bubbagump.com. 889 Front St., Lahaina, Open, 10:30 am-10:30 pm, daily 808.661.3111.
CHINA BOAT Chinese/Japanese. Two Asian styles of cuisines under one roof, serving Mandarin and Japanese dishes. From the Mandarin side, enjoy such classics as kung pao chicken and crispy roast duck while slurping a bowl of savory udon from the “Japanese Kitchen.” chinaboatkahana.com. 4474 Lower Honoapiilani Rd., 808.669.5089.
LEODA’S KITCHEN & PIE SHOP Regional. 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. www.leodas.com. 820 Olowalu VIllage, 808.662.3600.
MAUI BREWING COMPANY American. Brewery enthusiasts will want to visit Maui Brewing Company’s Tasting Room in Kihei. Kick back or play some boards games while sipping on a flight of beers. Guests can choose from various styles of beer from the 32-tap draft system. Guests can grab a bite to eat from a rotating fleet of food trucks and relax on the patio while enjoying the view of Haleakala. To-go beers are also available in four or six packs, crowlers, growlers and kegs. mbcrestaurants.com/kihei. 808.213.3002.
MAUI TACOS Mexican. A restaurant fusing traditional Mexican fare with the exotic flavors from the Hawaiian Islands. Grab a “Surf Burrito” or try the fish tacos. mauitacos.com. Lahaina Square, 840 Wainee St., 808.661.8883; 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 , 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.