Friday, November 7, 2008

NaBloPoMo 7: Word of Mom: Ono Grinds

This is my 4th trip to Maui so I am no longer interested in eating at the tourist attractions like Hula Grill or Longhi’s. I have found my favorite spots and made sure I would eat there on this trip. My plan was to only eat as fresh fish and fruit.

First up is Mama’s Fish House. I mentioned this place in a previous post, but it is so good it is work mentioning again. Mama’s is located on the North Shore of Maui just outside of Paia. The location is picturesque, the fresh flower arrangements are spectacular and the "just caught" Maui fish is delicious. Mama’s serves fish caught by Maui’s fishermen earlier in the day. The menu lists the type of fish and the name of the person who caught it.

Ahi caught by Greg

You have to end your meal with one of the decadent deserts. Mama is nothing short of perfection. The price is pretty steep so I recommend you go for lunch or make this your one "splurge".

Mama’s Chocolate Kuau Pie

Next is Maui Tacos, which has now becoming a franchise. The food is cheep, fast and delicious. Get two fresh fish soft tacos for under $8! It is a perfect lunch after a morning at the beach. Try their salsa, but I warn you the Firedancer is HOT!

two fresh fish tacos

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar serves up the best happy hour prices with creative and "melt in your mouth" rolls. Every day of the week they have happy hour from 5:30-6pm. During this time you get 25% off your entire order as long as it is place BEFORE 6pm. So, make sure you get a 5:30 reservation, if not you will be get there early because the line to get in is long! This is a sushi meal deal you don’t want to miss!

Takah and "69" roll

Lastly, this café is a place I found on our last visit simply by chance. We wanted to shop at the Maui Clothing Outlets, but Little ‘Ny was hungry. The only place to eat was Bluemoon Cafe. The appearance is nothing to brag about and the menu doesn’t appear to be very special. But, their shoyu chicken dish is. (This is my one deviation from my "fresh fish diet".) It is something like teriyaki chicken, but better! The chicken is shredded and marinated in a sweet sauce. It is comfort food aloha style.

shoyu chicken

We did find a new favorite restaurant on this trip: Aloha Mixed Plate. We ate there twice and will be visiting there again next year! If you ever go to Maui and try one of these places let me know what you think. I am sure you will not be disappointed.


  1. I ate at the Front Street Longhi's and loved it! My hubs and I also went off the beaten path and ate at several local little places which were just divine. Nom nom nom - now I am hungry for some seafood!

  2. Hi Nicole - I found your blog via facebook and have been enjoying your entries especially regarding Maui. I'm going to Maui in April and you have given me invaluable tips on where to take my 4 year old! Thanks again - Mona Fowler

  3. Geez woman! You are making me hungry. And I dont even like fish! But all of that food looks delish...

  4. We loved Aloha Mixed Plate and could eat there every afternoon!

    Hi. Found you through NaBloPoMo.


  5. I've never been to any of the Hawaiian islands, and I really want to go. Your pictures are wonderful; the food looks amazing!