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The Best Meal I Ever Ate – Paia

Living in Paia provides a frequent dilemma: where to eat.  We have friends that live on other parts of the island and they mention that they come to Paia all the time: again – to eat. We are blessed with a bevy of outstanding restaurants, and the best news?  Most of them are very reasonably priced.

I’m not a food writer, I naturally stay away from words like ‘piquant’ and ‘scrumptious’, which is why its taken me so long to write this post. I try to stick with the facts, so here it is: I’ve picked my favorite entrees at each of the main restaurants in Paia, and will attempt to explain why without too many fluffy adjectives.

Charley’s

Here’s a fun game.  When you have a big, strong, manly-man type house guest (this is the guest that comes when you ‘conveniently’ decide to rearrange all your heavy furniture), bring him to Charley’s for breakfast and explain to him that there’s no way that he can eat an entire PANCAKE.  He will promptly order two.  About half-way through the top pancake, he will finally admit that you were right, and order a box to take the rest of the pancake home.  These pancakes aren’t just large, they are enormous. In fact, they are so big that the servers best meal paia maui charleys pancakes breakfastrecommend that you cut out a hole in the middle for the syrup, otherwise it spills over the plate and on to the table.  But beyond the size, they are delicious.  They have some fluffy texture that is impossible to recreate at home, and come in flavors such as buttermilk, blueberry, macadamia nut, whole wheat and chocolate chip.  They are served with real butter, coconut and maple syrup.

Also don’t miss: Looking for live entertainment in the evenings or possibly some dancing?  Hit this place up.

Milagro’s

tacos.paia.mexican.milagrosThis is another great restaurant when you are hungry – the portions are huge.  The outdoor patio is prime for people watching, and Paia is one of the greatest towns in the world for watching the world go by.  In such a tiny little place, your chances of seeing a celebrity and a naked person in head to toe body paint in the same day are pretty high.  Back to the food.  Order a margarita, chips and salsa, and one of their numerous Southwest Meets Maui specialties – the TACOS always hit the spot.  Make sure you have plenty of gum ready – their food is delicious, possibly because of the amount of fresh garlic they use.  It will become aromatically obvious the next morning.

Also don’t miss: The li hing mui margarita…

Dazoo

korean asian food paia maui best meal Up the road from Milagros is a relative newcomer to the Paia foodie scene, Dazoo, serving up some creative farm to table fare, highlighted with Korean classics.  One of these Korean dishes, the Bibimbap, is gaining some well-deserved attention.  Served in a sizzling hot stone bowl, the dish combines rice, seasonal vegetables, house made kimchi, a sunny egg, spicy chojang sauce, and your choice of protein. The hot bowl gets the rice nice and crispy on the bottom, and the chojang sauce, also made in house, is definitely addictive (but seriously – MSG free!).  A hot tip? This dish is served on the lunch and happy hour menus,

Also don’t miss: Dazoo is also getting attention for its creative cocktails and entertaining bartenders!

Cafe Des Amis

cafe des amis paia maui best meal Cafe Des Amis knows what they are doing, and they do it well.  The simple menu – same for lunch and dinner (they also serve breakfast) specializes in Mediterranean and Indian foods, namely crepes and curries.  You can order anything on their menu and not go wrong.  I am a huge fan of their Shrimp Curry Wraps, but I also love every single one of their CREPES.  The Chicken Caesar Crepe is a sure winner.

Also Don’t Miss: Two words – Nutella Crepe

Cafe Mambo

crispy.duck.fajitasIf you’ve been on Maui a long time, you still think of this place as ‘the place that used to be Picnics’.  But several years ago, Cafe Mambo opened up as a fun, open-air restaurant with a great atmosphere and another opportunity for good people watching.  I’ll admit its been a while since I’ve been to Mambo, but I still crave those CRISPY DUCK FAJITAS.  First of all, the duck alone is delicious, but they come with a wide variety of awesome toppings so you can make each fajita a little different, and explore all your options!  I would recommend splitting the fajitas for two.

Also don’t miss: Maui Brewing Co on draft

Paia Fish Market

best meal paia fish market where to eat For a place called the Fish Market, you should expect well cooked fish.  They deliver.  The Fish Market isn’t fancy, you wait in line to order and sit family-style at a shared table, but it’s really all about the fish.  I’ve ordered one thing here for my entire life (it’s been around since 1989!) – the fish burger – either mahi or ono. The fish is charbroiled, always seasoned and cooked to perfection, and topped with fresh made coleslaw and tartar sauce, tomato and cheese and served on a sesame bun.  Something about the toppings puts the whole thing together magically.

Also don’t miss: the thin, crispy fries.  Order some extra tartar sauce, mix with some ketchup and dip away.  You are welcome.

Flatbread Co.

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Two recent specials featured on one pizza – Thai chicken and Caprese

Flatbread is another one of those places that you just can’t go wrong with anything you order.  This place specializes in organic and farm to table cuisine, with chalkboard signs filled with the names of all the local farms that provide the meat and produce.  The menu is simple – just flatbreads and salads, and the specials are always divine.   One of my favorites is Mopsy’s Kalua Pork, with kiawe smoked free-range pork, homemade organic mango BBQ sauce, organic red onions, Maui pineapple, a special blend of Hawaiian goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan.  A few tips?  This place fills up. Nightly.  Especially on Tuesdays, when they have a weekly benefit for a local non-profit.  Go early.

Also don’t miss: The salad.  To die for dressing – they call it a pineapple vinaigrette, I call it heaven.

Mama’s Fish House

At the top of this post I mentioned that most of the restaurants in Paia are reasonably priced.  This one would be the exception, but if you know anything about Mama’s Fish House, this isn’t a surprise.  But I will say this, the place is amazing.  It’s a world-class setting, right on one of the North Shore’s most picturesque beaches, the service is impeccable, the decor is constantly changing, and the food is top notch.

Baked Mahi Mahi Stuffed with Lobster

Baked Mahi Mahi Stuffed with Lobster

A lot of Maui’s restaurants advertise that the fish is locally caught, and served fresh, but Mama’s is one of the few places that actually buy directly from the fishermen and filet it and serve it up that day. Based on what comes in each morning, the chefs create an entirely new menu, complete with the names of the actual fishermen or the vessel names on it.  How do I know this?  My husband is one of the fishermen. He brings our three year old along on the mornings he sells his fish, an assistant job he loves now that he’s figured out how to con cookies out of the pastry chefs.  So, next time you dine at Mama’s Fish House, look out for fish caught aboard the Sweet Alexandra, and enjoy your fish, knowing that you are eating the freshest possible fish- just like the fishermen enjoy.

We go there about once a year, typically for a special occasion like an anniversary or with out of town guests.  I sometimes switch it up as the menu is always changing but one classic fish dish that’s always on the menu is the STUFFED MAHI MAHI, with a decadent lobster and crab filling and a sweet and crunchy macadamia nut crust.

Also don’t miss: World-class Mai Tais, and the Polynesian Pearl dessert is a must for chocolate lovers.

And for the other ‘sit-down’ restaurants missing from this list in Paia – Fresh Mint just closed this week, and I haven’t yet been to Rock n’ Brews.

 

What is your favorite meal in Paia?

 

Blogging Disclaimer:  I am a paid consultant for Dazoo, but the opinions are my own. 

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News from Paia – February 2014

What’s happening in Paia?  Well, a lot!   Do you have more news to add?  Comment below to add your event or news!

Shopping News: 

Breaking News: Kuau Store has opened at the former Kuau Mart location!  More details coming soon but the pictures look beautiful!

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Temporarily Closed

Pakaloha Bikinis reports that their “Paia location will be temporarily closed due to remodeling of the all the small shops in that area. We will be reopening another store as soon as the remodel is complete.”  As a reminder, Pakaloha also has a shop in Lahaina, and online shopping. “We ship free for all of Hawaii!!!”

arie bikinis trunk show paia maui hawaii No end of options for buying bathing suits in Paia, and Tamara Catz recently announced a trunk show for ARIE BIKINIS on Saturday, March 1st from 5-7pm.  Local swimwear designer Ariana Hornkohl unveils her Coco Luxe Hawaii 2014 collection, which is available exclusively at the Paia boutique.  There will be fun dance music and fresh locally made Kombucha.

Nohealani at the former Grace Beauty (see below) closed their ‘brick and mortar shop’ at the end of 2013.

And, Paia Pharmacy has also closed.  No word yet on what is coming.

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Restaurant News: 

Rock N Brews – Still under construction – No word yet on official opening date.

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Rock N Brews – Paia, Maui, Hawaii – No word on Opening Date yet –

Dazoo – Lots of news from Dazoo – They will be unveiling a new menu soon (the menu changes seasonally with availability of fruits and vegetables…) And they report that they are soon to open bakery and private dining room – as well as changing their hours with the impending arrival of the bakery!  Stay tuned to their Facebook page for all the details as they become available.

Health and Wellness News: 

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Formerly Known as Grace Beauty

As mentioned above, Grace Beauty Day Spa is transitioning, evolving, and expanding into a Health and Wellness Center called ‘The Hive’. Katy Grace Miller will still be offering facials and expert waxing, massage is still being offered as well as other new treatments that will be available soon.   As stated on their Facebook page: “’The Hive’ is a collective that provides various treatments from practitioners, therapists, healers, and skin care professionals. We will be serving smoothies, elixirs, teas, and providing local artisans a space to share their gifts and and talents. The Hive is part of a collective organization that focuses on integrity, empowerment, education, and community. In the evenings we will be hosting classes, workshops, meditations, music, film screenings and a variety of other events that inspire, empower, and educate.”

Liven things up with a Trip to Dazoo – Paia’s Newest Restaurant

For year’s now it’s been the same thing on nights when neither of us feel like cooking.  “Flatbread or Cafe Des Amis?” Well finally, a new restaurant has worked its way into the rotation – Dazoo.   

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The long tables are perfect for a large family or dining with all your friends!

Dazoo Restaurant, which just opened earlier this month at the former Moana Cafe location, features locally-grown ingredients with eclectic Asian-American cuisine, highlighted with Korean favorites.  Owners Yulie and David Law, who purchased Moana Cafe over a year ago, spent the last several months designing the new restaurant, including a revised menu and extensive renovation, creating a modern new space with a warm, inviting atmosphere.

(Sidebar: They are having a Photo Contest!!! If you are dining at Dazoo between now and December 15, (or even just walking by!) snap a picture and enter their Photo Contest for a chance to win dinner for two, and two Dazoo logo t-shirts!  See complete rules on Dazoo’s Facebook Page. )

Dazoo is open daily from 8am to 2pm for breakfast and lunch, and Tuesdays through Saturdays for dinner, from 5pm to 9pm.

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The Korean Specialty – Bibimbap – keeps customers coming back!

The breakfast (served until 2pm!) and lunch menu features traditional dishes such as eggs and french toast, a seasonal roasted pumpkin salad, and some Korean specialties such as Bibimbap and Ramyeon.  Starting at 10am, burgers (made from Maui Cattle Company beef) and sandwiches are also available.

Dazoo’s dinner menu features a wide variety of tapas, ideal for sharing and sampling various dishes.

One of the most visible changes of the new Dazoo is the enhanced bar area, where hand-crafted cocktails take center stage.  Created by their in-house mixologist Jimmy Shoemaker, these fresh and inspired cocktails are served up by bartenders day and night.  Another unique offering at Dazoo are the Bald Sodas – non-alcoholic beverages featuring muddled fruit and sparkling water, a perfect refreshing beverage that’s not too sweet.

 

Dazoo's new look

Dazoo’s new look

But what is ‘Dazoo’?  Owner Yulie explains the origin of the name: “while we were designing the new restaurant, we created these sculptural animals  to hang from the ceiling, and our architect kept referring to the project as ‘the zoo’.  We pidginized the phrase, and the more we said it, the more it stuck.  It has a bit of an Asian sound, so it ties in with our theme, and its 100% original, so it works for us.”

Another exciting development is the development of a stand-alone bakery, which will be in the old Vanity Salon location. The Moana Bakery will be serving fresh artisan breads and pastries, each created daily with organic, unbleached flour.  The Bald Sodas will also be available to-go in to go bottles at the bakery.

The tapas and imaginative cocktails create a fun and memorable dining experience.

The tapas and imaginative cocktails create a fun and memorable dining experience.

If you haven’t made any Thanksgiving Day plans yet, Dazoo will be offering a prix-fixe three-course dinner from 3-8pm. Each course of the meal will have 2-3 options, each  based on traditional Thanksgiving classics, served with locally-sourced ingredients and some Korean twists. $45 for adults, with optional wine pairings and Children’s Menus available. Seating with be limited and reservations are limited – Call (808) 579-9999 or reserve through OpenTable.com/Dazoo

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Disclaimer:  I am a paid consultant/publicist for Dazoo.  

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