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Paia Update- August 2015

I went away for two weeks in July, and upon returning, it seemed like there was a whole flurry of activity in Paia!  New shops had opened, other shops had moved, restaurants are closing and opening, and the construction boom is still in full force!

Here’s a run down of what’s new in Paia:

SHOPS

Congratulations to Christine and Tim Thevenard on the opening of their beautiful new shop Luna and Tide (website still under construction but has contact info)  – this shop is worth the entry just to see their gorgeous floors. I popped my head in when I was cruising around town with a four year old (who is not much for shopping) so I will have to go back and check out the shop soon solo. Plus they have my favorite Robena painting. According to Christine, “Luna & Tide is a new Paia store filled with gifts, art and home decor.  Many of the products that are sold here support and give back to the world artisans communities were they are from.  We are looking forward to working with more local artisan as well. Please come in to visit!”

A shop that is no longer in Paia is the custom swimwear shop ‘Love the Beach (and I believe she’s still making custom suits but I’m trying to confirm this!)- the space is now called The Mermaid Inn, and shares that same owners as the neighboring Paia Mercantile.  More on the Mermaid Inn coming soon… 

I can’t keep track of where everyone has been or is going, but it appears that Nectar Creations is now in the former Hemp House location and Original Kashmir (which appears to be a kind of import store with all kinds of crystals, jewelry and of course, cashmere) has taken its place along Hana Highway.

RESTAURANTS

Hana Ranch Provisions - Opening August 2015 - New Restaurant Paia, Hawaii

Hana Ranch Provisions Opens in Paia!

The big news in the Paia restaurant world is the opening of Hāna Ranch Provisions.  The to-go counter (most recently Moana Bakery) is currently open, and the restaurant side will be opening for dinner on Friday, August 28!   According to the press release “Hāna  Ranch  is  thrilled  to  introduce  Hāna  Ranch  Provisions,  a  new  community  gathering  place  that,  at  its  core,  will  strive  to  provide  a  wholesome,  ingredient-­focused  food  experience,”  said  Linh  Phu,  culinary  manager  of  Hāna  Ranch.  “We  look  forward  to  sharing  all  of  the  Hāna  Ranch  grown  products  and  stories  through  Hāna  Ranch  Provisions,  where  each  dish  will  be  inspired  by  our  land,  history  and  culture.”

The to-go counter is open from 8:30am – 2pm, and the  restaurant  will  serve  breakfast,  lunch  and  dinner  daily.  A  sampling  of  planned  menu  items  include  daily  pastries,  sandwiches  on  freshly  baked  bread,  squeezed  juices,  house-­‐butchered  smoked  meats  and  sausages  and  more,  with  the  majority  of  ingredients  sourced  by  Hāna  Ranch.      The  restaurant  will  be  led  by  a  management  team  with  decades  of  combined  experience  in  the  culinary  industry,  including  Linh  Phu,  culinary  manager,  and  Morgan  Maki,  hospitality  manager  of  Hāna  Ranch.   Follow Hāna Ranch Provisions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  (Photos courtesy of Hāna  Ranch)

Hana Ranch Provisions Opens in Paia, Maui

Events

Award-winning shore break photographer Clark Little will be holding a Signing and Meet & Greet Event on Thursday, August 27 from 5-7pm at Hi-Tech in Paia.

Clark Little will be at the store meeting with fans, signing autographs, and taking photos. Hurley + Clark Little Apparel Line “Flash Pack” , Clark Little 2016 Calendars and Clark’s latest book, Shorebreak (Standard Edition), will be available for purchase. Product quantities may be limited. 

Clark Little Maui Tour 2015 - Paia, Maui, Hawaii

New Construction

And the ongoing construction in Paia seems to be, well, ongoing.  Want more information about leasing space in Paia?  Click here.  

And once again, if you are reading all the way down here, you must be really bored.  So take a ride with me. Do you know what’s a fun website to check out? Craigslist.  And no, I don’t mean the Missed Connections, although they are often hilarious.  I mean Job Postings. For example, there is currently an ad for help wanted for Honolulu Coffee Company in Paia.  Is this a new business coming in? Or does Honolulu Coffee Company run one of the existing coffee shops? Well, a quick search of Honolulu Coffee Company shows that yes, indeed, they actually own Anthony’s.

Paia Gossip – Truths vs Rumors

mamas fish house snowman photo prop It’s a chilly one today in Paia, a whopping 71 degrees inside this morning!  Maybe time to put some socks on under your slippers. There is giant swell after giant swell on the forecast for the North Shore, and even some whale sightings, so winter is in full-force. There also seems to be a sandy snowman photobombing everyone who dines at Mama’s Fish House… Which means its time for the December installment of Paia Gossip- Truth vs. Rumors.

moana bakery opening news Truth: After nearing the gestation period of an elephant, Moana Bakery has finally opened adjacent to Dazoo restaurant.  This take-out bakery, still in the soft-opening phase serves coffee, breads and pastries from 7am-noon currently.  It shares a kitchen (plus the bakers and pastry chefs with Dazoo) – so if you love their fresh breads and decadent desserts, you’ll love Moana Bakery!

Rumored to have had issues getting the county permits for what they ACTUALLY wanted to do (what a surprise!) The Hive closed – if you are searching for world-class waxer Katie Grace- she’s moving over to Evolution Salon in Kahului later this month.  No need to let your eyebrows grow back together…

mana foods new cafe moving No word yet on the opening for Mana Food’s cafe just up the street, but each time I drive by I see more equipment getting installed… must be getting close!

If you love Maui, and we know you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this, head on over to I Love Maui art show at Art Project Paia, which runs through April 2015.

i love maui art gallery paia maui

 

And since December is a peak shopping month – here’s some shopping news:

According to my very reliable sources on Instagram, Nuage Bleu Maui is now stocked with Acacia Swimwear Slippers!  They also have lots of holiday shopping events coming up so make sure you follow them on Facebook.

Letarte is also spreading the holiday love on Instagram… letarte.instagram

 

 

 

If you have a surfer on your guest list, Surfer Magazine founder John Severson will be signing copies of his new book SURF on Thursday, December 11th from 6-8pm at Puka Puka.

john.severson.book.signing.maui

The Paia Inn Hotel is hosting a holiday trunk show on Friday, December 12 with Angelina Hills Art and Joya by Sarina.

paia trunk show dec 2014

Paia Gives returns this year on Saturday, December 20, from 4-8 pm, with various Paia businesses staying open late and giving a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations.  “Come out for a festive evening of shopping and giving. Each store in Paia is supporting various non-profits and charities, all while throwing a great party. Special deals, giveaways, and lots of fun await those shopping at all the great local businesses on the North Shore. Contact your favorite store or check out or www.paiamaui.com for more information (pending).
In its ninth year, PAIA GIVES has become an annual event that raises thousands of dollars for the charities adopted by each store.  And make sure to follow Paiatown on Facebook. ” 

And the rumor seems to be TRUE – G. Love (apparently without the Special Sauce) is coming to Paia on December 26 at Charleys at 10pm.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Dove Presents 

g love maui paia 2014 concert charleys

See you in Paia!

 

I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo and Moana Bakery 

Paia’s Newest Hot-Spot – Sporting Club of the Pacific

Are you ready to join ‘the Club’?  No membership, gold-medals or magazine cover shots needed, just a thirst for some all-natural ingredients… 

Enter to win!  On Thursday, October 23 (contest may be extended to get more entries) – a winner will receive a pre and post workout meal and two t-shirts!  Enter on the Maui Made Facebook page– (Contest post pinned to top while entries being accepted) 

If you’ve been on Maui for any length of time, you know that we have our share of world-class athletes, from world-champion windsurfers and stand-up paddlers to Olympic skiers who live and train on Maui in the off-season.  For a while now, some of Maui’s top athletes have been turning to Tugger Balcom for their performance enhancing beverages.  Now, we’re not talking about some secret formula of artificial chemicals or banned substances, these are real, natural ingredients, formulated specifically for athletes for pre- or post-workout.  

sporting club of the pacific - new juice bar paia maui hawaii

Red Juice, Blue Juice,
Me Juice, You Juice… Lots of Juicing options at the Sporting Club of the Pacific – All Natural Ingredients!

sports club of the pacific paia maui juice bar

Outdoor seating at the Club… no need to wipe the sand off your feet!

And because of some ‘obstacles’ recently created by the government in regards to selling ‘raw’ beverages through wholesale, Tugger decided to open up a juice bar in Paia to sell his ever expanding line of juices, coffee and ‘fuel’ for athletes (and, the rest of us, too).  So now, whether you have just finished your CrossFit or barre class, you are training for your Maui to Molokai run, or you are just headed to the office, you can come grab some fuel at Paia’s newest hot spot, the Sporting Club of the Pacific.  Plus, the seating is outdoors so you don’t even need to wipe the sweat off your brow or the sand off your feet.  You might even get to run elbows with some of these world-class athletes…

Tugger’s entry into the performance beverage world began with his own struggle with severe psoriasis.  After eliminating sugar, dairy and eggs from his diet, and seeing success with that change, he started moving away from drinks with artificial ingredients and towards more natural sources of hydration and energy.  Simultaneously, Tugger took a course in free diving, and learned about using chlorophyll as a means to be able to hold your breath for longer periods of time.  (And if you want to know more about how this works, you should probably go talk to Tugger). 

Pineapple Hibiscus Water and Pineapple Chlorophyll Water at Sports Club Pacific Maui Hawaii Paia

Pineapple Hibiscus Water and Pineapple Chlorophyll Water!

maui cold pressed coffee paia coffee bar

Cold Pressed Coffee in the custom made Coffee presser!

After getting positive feedback from big-wave surfers and free divers from his first round of bottled juices, Tugger began wholesaling.  Alive and Well, Choice and the Kuau Store were selling out each week, but a new law forbidding the sale of raw juice changed his focus, just as the space behind Puka Puka in Paia (the former Paia Bay Coffee) opened up.

His initial line of two drinks- a pineapple and chlorophyll juice and cold-pressed coffee – has expanded (and is still expanding daily) to : three types of Hydration drinks, four Fresh Juices, Strong Coffee, Wellness Shots, Blended Beverages and Acai and Green bowls.  (Menu printed at bottom)

100% Maui Coffee- Custom Roasted and Blended by Maui Coffee Roasters.

100% Maui Coffee- Custom Roasted and Blended by Maui Coffee Roasters.

The story behind the name and the brand, Sporting Club of the Pacific, is probably a whole separate blog post, so I’ll just say that Tugger has assembled a group of world-class artisans from around the Pacific, blacksmiths, speargun makers, surfboard shapers, and more, into a kind-of artists co-op (and again, talk to Tugger if you want to learn more about this, or visit the website).  Because the brand is based on custom-made equipment for high-performance, his juices naturally fit into this project as well.

As much as possible I try to blog about personal experiences, so I ventured into the Sporting Club of the Pacific (although I apparently ‘just missed’ about a half-dozen sports superstars who had visited that morning) and its clear that Tugger’s his enthusiasm for quality, researched ingredients is evident in his products.  The acai bowl was delicious (luckily it was cleared away before I was tempted to lick the bottom), each of the juices were pure tasting, and not too sweet or overpowering as some juices can be, and the coffee was excellent as well, although I now need to go back and try it with the house-made coconut cream.

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The Delicious Acai Bowl at Paia’s newest hot-spot, Sporting Club of the Pacific

Well by now you are probably sick of reading and ready for some delicious and performance enhancing nutrition, so here’s what you need to know:

Menu –

Hydration

Pineapple chlorophyll water

cold pressed local maui pineapple juice, organic liquid chlorophyll,

pineapple hibiscus

cold pressed local maui pineapple juice, house brewed organic hibiscus

Local Coconut water

Fresh Juice

Raw and Cold Pressed

Green

Cucumber, romaine, kale, pineapple, aloe juice, chia seeds

Red 

Beet, carrot, coconut water, lemon juice, ginger, himalayan salt

Blue

pineapple, coconut water, leon, ginger, maca, cayenne, clue spirulina

Yellow

100 % pure maui pineapple

Strong Coffee

Black  

100% Maui Beans, custom roasted and cold brewed

White

Served with House Coconut Cream

Shots

turmeric drink recipe health wellness

Wellness Shot: Turmeric – with fresh pressed local turmeric, orange juice and black peppercorn for maximum absorption of nutrients!

Maintenance

Fresh local ginger, echinacea, apple cider vinegar, oregano oil, local lemon, local honey

Mother’s Milk

House made coconut cream, coconut MCT Oil, EFA oil, Cinnamon, Lemon

Turmeric

Fresh Pressed Local Tumeric, Orange Juice, Black Peppercorn

Cayenne

Concentrated Cayenne Pepper Tincture

Blended

Number 1 

Almond Butter, bananas, Hemp Protein, MCT Oil, Maca Powder, Flax Sees, Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Dates, Local Honey, Himalayan Sea Salt, Trace Mineral Blend

Number 2

Organic Strawberries, Fresh Pressed Local Ginger, Coconut Water, Aloe Juice, Local Honey, Probiotic Blend.

Number 3 

Fresh mint, bananas, kale, vegan protein blend, spirulina, lemon juice

Number 4

Avocado, Cucumber, Mango, Coconut Water, Vegran Protein blend, Glutamine

Bowls

Acai

Acai and strawberry blend topped with fresh fruit, Maui Sands*, hemp sees, goji berries, local honey

Green

Banana, pienapple, kale, spirulina blend with Maui Sanes, fresh fruit, goldenberries and cacao nibs, maple syrup

*Maui Sansa in a hand-crafted blend of toasted superfoods including oats, almonds, Flax, Sesame, Hawaiian Honey and Sea Salt

Tea

MK Light

Secret Service

Paia Truths and Rumors – September Edition

angelina hills trunk show paia Sept 10 Update:  Adding to the rumor mill is the last minute cancellation of the Summer Concert Series featuring Marty Dread at Rock N Brews, which was supposed to occur tonight.  I guess the live-music wars in Paia are not over, folks!

And – Check out a Trunk Show on Friday (September 12) with Art by Angelina Hills and Joya by Sarina! Takes place 6-9pm at the Paia Inn Hotel (click image to view larger) 

Original Post: With the departure of Tortillas leaving a gap in the ‘take-out’ category of Paia restaurants, Thai Spice quickly filled the void, pleasing everyone with the frequent craving of Pad Thai and Chicken Satay.

Thai Spice is open from 10am – 8pm daily and is located next to the Wine Corner (take-out and a liquor store in one parking lot???? BONUS!) Phone number is 579-8269 and here is their menu attached: (click to view larger) 

thai spice thai restaurant maui paia menu hours

prospect maui paia Hana Bay Picnic Lunch moved in with its sister business, Paia Gelato, leaving a void in Paia, which was of course quickly filled by Prospect, I can’t find out much information about this yet, except that it’s based out of Park City Utah.

Anyone who is (or even may be) getting married soon should make plans to attend the Tamara Catz Bridal Sale.  And if you aren’t about to head down the aisle any time soon, you will probably want to head over their soon to check out their recently released Fall collection. The pieces I’ve seen so far are so awesome they might just get their own post!

tamara catz sample sale bridal paia

A lot of people were disappointed to hear that Paia Bay Coffee closed down, but their disappointment was short lived, as they quickly reopened behind San Lorenzo.  I was only able to quickly poke my head back there, but its an awesome space and only on day 1 or 2 of boing open was pretty full!  Their regulars are a faithful bunch!  Can’t wait to try it myself.  Entrance is either through the garage behind Prospect (near the gas station side) – or San Lorenzo when its open.

pakaloha paia maui newPakaloha lovers will be thrilled to know that they can now get their bikini fix again in Paia – in the former Oceania Maui space, between Rock N Brews and Milagros.

Speaking of Rock N Brews, there are two more chances to see Marty Dread at their Summer Concert Series – TOMORROW – Wednesday, September 10 and September 24th!   Better get there early, heard it was pretty packed in August.

marty.dread.concert.paia.news

dazoo paia dazoo maui news paia news Lots of changes for Dazoo – they are now open on Saturday AND Sunday for brunch (for everyone that missed their breakfast foods!) starting at 9am, and TODAY they are unveiling their new Fall menu – with more traditional entrees being offered, but if you were a fan of their mix and match small plates, there are still lots of options of those as well!   Fans of the bibimbap will be happy to know that its now being served at dinner!

Paia has also been featured in the actual news a bit recently –

On September 2,  Mike White ( Maui County Council rep for Paia, Haiku and Makawao) shared this on his Facebook page – “A big moment for the County – just moments ago, the Budget and Finance Committee approved the acquisition of approximately 4 acres in Maui Business Park II in Kahului for a new service center from A&B, which also comes with a 35.55 acre donation of land extending from Baldwin Beach Park towards Paia Town!”

And tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10) , the groundbreaking ceremony for Heritage Hall is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m.  Heritage Hall is the multi-purpose community complex that honors the history and culture of Portuguese and Puerto Rican immigrants to Maui.

The facility consists of two separate buildings that will house the cultural resource centers on the second floor.  The ground floors will be offered for lease to two nonprofit organizations serving the Paia area.

“Heritage Hall fulfills the long-standing dreams of both the Portuguese and Puerto Ricans to have a place where their respective histories and cultures can be shared with the general populace,” said Heritage Hall Board secretary Audrey Rocha Reed in a press release announcement.

The project is located on Baldwin Avenue near the former Paia Mill and Paia Train Depot sites.

According to Reed, the project is slated to take a year to complete.

To read more about the project, check out the article in MauiNow.com http://mauinow.com/2014/09/08/mauis-heritage-hall-groundbreaking-set-for-wednesday/

 

Blogging disclaimer: I am a paid spokesperson for Dazoo 

Paia Truths and Rumors – August Edition!

iselle.maui.effects.sandbag.paia Once again, things are on the move in Paia.  Hurricane Iselle spared Paia and most of Maui, but as I was taking pictures just a few days after the storm passed by, there were definitely a lot of sandbags and boarded up windows still to be found.  Baldwin Avenue has the habit of turning into Baldwin River during heavy rains, and the shopkeepers were taking no chances.

On to the town gossip – Just today the Maui News shared that the owners of Mana Foods have confirmed that they are indeed opening a raw-food restaurant serving lunch and dinner called Maka Mana.

Ono Gelato has changed its name to Paia Gelato, and the location has merged with its sister shop, Hana Bay Picnic Lunch company.  According to the owners, Paia Gelato is still using the original gelato recipes, using fresh local fruits as well as high quality bases direct from Italy.

Paia Gelato is also a great little spot to pick up some made on Maui products, like these

The jewelry shop Oceania Maui   – entered the shop very briefly known as Makai Gallery (and Paia Pharmacy before that) – and is now called Oceania Maui Gallery & Jewelry Paia.

oceania.maui.new.location.makai.glass

According to the paper sign on the door, the old location of oceania maui will be the new location for Pakaloha Bikinis some time this month.

Another new (though long time in waiting) addition to Paia is the opening of the Da Vine Art wine tasting bar.paia.wine.tasting.bar

Also in that little shopping center, Tortillas has closed down, and is heading west – to the Old Lahaina Center near Foodland (by Ulalena)

Lots of construction going on – just next door to Milagros (anyone know what’s going in?), at the old tiny shop lot, and the former Nellie’s site.

A fun new trend in Paia is these chalkboard signs – and there appears to be some serious competition going on for the most artistic signs!

Also, check out the upcoming sale at Pearl, and grab a brownie at nearby Dazoo to celebrate your great savings.

and because i just like these pics: here’s a snapshot from San Lorenzo and the wall next to Nellie Bistro

\see you in Paia

 

Blogging Disclaimer: I am a paid representative for Dazoo, but the brownies are seriously good.  and gluten-free!

Dazoo Restaurant and Pau Vodka Serve up the Fun!

Dazoo Restaurant is Maui’s best kept secret for hand-crafted cocktails, but with bloggers like ‘EZdrinking’ discovering this Paia restaurant and spreading the word, the secret is soon to be out.

Dazoo is gaining attention for their creative cocktails using fresh squeezed, locally sourced juices and Maui made liquors. This month, they are launching Pau Vodka Night, on Wednesday, July 16, from 5-7pm.

On the third Wednesday of each month, Dazoo’s talented team of bartenders, lead by Jimmy Shoemaker, will create four new cocktails featuring Pau Vodka (crafted using Maui pineapples just up the road in Haliimaile) and other local ingredients.

Pau Vodka’s master distiller Mark Nigbur will also be at the event, to answer questions and entertain the crowds!

Dazoo cocktails, best, maui, vodka

Jimmy Shoemaker, Dazoo’s bartender, and Mark Nigbur, Pau Vodka’s master distiller, will be serving up great drinks and lots of laughs the third Wednesday of every month

I was invited to sample and photograph the cocktails (its a rough job, but someone has to do it!) to help promote the upcoming event, and all I can say is I’ve already made my reservations (and you should too!).

In July, the featured cocktails will be:

maui best cocktail pineapple vodka martini Plantation Fire

“Everything in this cocktail is either roasted, grilled, dried, or infused with heat in some way!”  

Pau Vodka, pickled pineapple with Hawaiian chili peppers by Maui Preserved, grilled oranges, roasted and creamed coconut (courtesy of the bakers at Moana Bakery), dried nutmeg

red rocker maui best cocktail vodkaRed Rocker

“Enjoy the flavors of the summer, just like you are back in Grandpa’s rocking chair” 

Pau Vodka, house made strawberry shrub, thai basil, lime juice, rhubarb bitters

 

 

Maui Best cocktail paia mauiDa Suzie Experience

“Suzie is a little bit sweet, a little tangy…” 

Pau Vodka, Lillet (a floral fortified wine), Cava sparkling wine, Upcountry grapefruit juice, lime juice, celery bitters

 

 

 

tao pau maui best cocktail Tao of Pau

“The path to relaxation” 

Pau Vodka, St. Germain, fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint garnish

 

 

 

Will you be attending the event?  Take photographs of your favorite drink and post it on social media using #PauVodkaNight to enter to win special prizes!

 

Reservations are now available by phone 579-9999 or through opentable.com

 

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

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.

flatbread paia maui specials

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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