Four Per­fect Pins: Maui

with Chef Shel­don Simeon

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“What’s the next big thing on the culi­nary front for Hawai‘i? Neigh­bor­hood restau­rants,” says Chef Shel­don Simeon, an award-win­ning Maui chef and “Top Chef” fi­nal­ist. He serves up gourmet, lo­cal-style com­fort food at his Kahu­lui restau­rant, TINROOF. While his cuisine has earned na­tional recog­ni­tion, when he gets hun­gry, he hits up Maui’s lo­cal spots. “Good neigh­bor­hood restau­rants that have a great feel­ing the mo­ment you walk in the door, as if you were be­ing in­vited into some­one’s home.”

OKI’S SEAFOOD COR­NER Kahu­lui

“This is my go to spot to get lo­cal seafood, fish and poke (cubed, sea­soned, raw fish). What I love about Oki’s is that they do su­per tra­di­tional-style poke, us­ing cuts of fish that you hardly see any­more. They also have a great va­ri­ety of lo­cal fresh fish you won’t find any­where.”

MO ‘ONO FOOD TRUCK Kahu­lui

“Mo ‘Ono truck is the spot where me and the TINROOF crew go to get our acai bowl fix! These ladies are serv­ing up su­per de­li­cious and fresh bowls that we’re bor­der­line ob­ses­sive about. What makes them the best is their in­clu­sion of items like poi (Hawai­ian sta­ple made from taro root), Greek yo­gurt and our fa­vorite, liliko‘i but­ter!”

MISO PHAT SUSHI Kīhei

“This unas­sum­ing spot is lo­cated in a strip mall in Kīhei and serves some of the fresh­est fish you’ll find on the is­land. A lot of the time, fish comes di­rectly from the owner’s per­sonal boat. Chef Ahren Uyeda’s sushi is ex­cel­lent, with the per­fect bal­ance of tra­di­tion and cre­ativ­ity.”

SAV­AGE KITCHEN MAUI Wailuku

“Look­ing for the most in­ter­est­ing meal you’ll find on Maui? Sunny Sav­age is the fore­most ex­pert on wild, in­va­sive species. Her food truck cre­ates some of the most imag­i­na­tive, de­li­cious dishes utiliz­ing these for­aged, in­va­sive in­gre­di­ents.” Get in­spired at #LetHawai­iHap­pen

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