Trying to stick to your gluten-free regime while vacationing in Wailea? We’ve done the homework for you on the best GF options at popular restaurants. We can’t guarantee these are OK for those with celiac disease, so please check with the chefs if you tend to have a serious reaction to gluten.
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: Nick’s Fishmarket
This menu serves local beef, fish and produce with a focus on the flavors being as authentic as they are sustainable. Inspired by the plantation era, Ko’s cuisine is a modern blend of various Hawaiian dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Open daily 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. korestaurant.com
Manoli’s Pizza Company
It’s all about freshness and family at Manoli’s. Named after the owner’s father, who hailed from the Greek island of Crete, Manoli’s continues the tradition of wonderful and plentiful seafood, vegetables, and fruit on Maui, which shares similar qualities to Crete. Best of all, organic and sustainable products are used whenever possible. Gluten-free options include gluten-free pizza crust and gluten-free pasta. Open daily 11am to 12am. manolispizzacompany.com
Nick’s Fishmarket Maui
The focus here is on island flavors and freshly caught fish. The atmosphere is romantic and beautiful. There are plenty of gluten-free options in the surf and turf. Open daily 5pm to 9pm. nicksfishmarketmaui.com
The fish here is caught by the owner, bringing “sea-to-table” to another level. The local ingredients of Maui are blended with rustic Greek and Italian flavors in the Mediterranean-style menu. All dishes are served with fresh pita bread (opt for gluten-free), and Pita Paradise also serves some epic desserts, all made from scratch. Open daily 11am to 9pm with happy hour 3pm to 5pm. pitaparadisehawaii.com
The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea
The sweeping views of three Hawaiian islands is worth sitting down to dine for. Executive Chef Jonathan De Paz comes from an esteemed culinary background including The French Laundry. Choose from a three- or four-course prix fixe menu with dishes available as vegan or gluten-free. Open for breakfast from 7am to 11am and daily for dinner from 5pm to 9pm. hotelwailea.com