Traveling to Maui with the family? We’ve picked the best affordable, family-friendly restaurants in and around the south shore that all can enjoy.
But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.
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Feature Image: Manoli’s
Fred’s Mexican Cafe
It’s always a bummer to be charged for bread and butter or chips and salsa when dining out. but that definitely won’t happen here. The inviting vibe, delicious items like chicken taquitos and frozen margaritas and superb service make Fred’s a standout. Open Monday through Friday 8am to 9pm , Saturday and Sunday 7:30am to 9pm. fredskihei.com
It’s all about freshness and family at Manoli’s. Named after the owner’s father, who hailed from the Greek island of Crete, the family tradition of plentiful seafood, vegetables, and fruit continues here on Maui. Organic and sustainable products are used whenever possible in crafting menu items. Open daily 11am to 12am. manolispizzacompany.com
This family-owned-and-operated sushi bar offers delicious and freshly caught fish as well as excellent service. Owners Shawn and Joy Steadman also captain the “Shiso Phat” boat which provides fresh fish for the restaurant’s specialty sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri. Open daily 11:30 to 8:30pm to serve you sushi and aloha. misophat.com
It doesn’t get much fresher than this—the chef/owner personally catches the fish featured on the menu. The flavors are Mediterranean, the prices are right, and there’s a little something for everyone. The kids menu has steak, lamb and chicken kabobs as well as the basic butter noodles. Open daily 11am to 9pm. Daily happy hour is 3pm to 5pm. pitaparadisehawaii.com
Wow Wow Lemonade
This family-owned and -operated business started as a fresh squeezed lemonade stand and expanded to a brick and mortar location, and they’re now serving food as well as juices and smoothies. Their mission is to have a light environmental footprint, and their signature lemonade comes in jars that are good for both you and the planet. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sundays 10am to 6pm. wowwowhawaiianlemonade.com