Food is at the center of a culture. Journalist Mark Kurlansky said it best: “Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademark of a culture.” If you want to truly experience a new place, one of the best ways is to eat like a local. Not only will eating like a local allow a glimpse into a culture you don’t understand, it will help make your trip more memorable. Here is a bit more information about the importance of trying new foods during travel, as well as a lit of the best restaurants in Lahaina to enjoy during your stay at Lahaina Shores.
“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademark of a culture.” – Mark Kurlansky
Travel and Food: Connecting to Cultures & Creating Memories
Food is different around the world. Each culture’s cuisine varies and is influenced by season, history, what is grown in the area, preference, and more. Many are tempted to eat like they do at home – not trying anything new, but sticking to what they know and love. This is unfortunate, because eating like a local can give you insight into the culture of the new place you are visiting. Additionally, food helps us create memories that last. Restaurateur and former Top Chef contestant Bryan Voltaggio spot at Neuroscience 2014, and had this to say about the purpose of food – that the goal “is to create a memorable experience, and one that connects not only me to the diner, but also the diner to a time, or a place, or a memory.” We’ve all experienced moments in our lives where we tasted something that transports us instantly back to childhood. That’s because the sense of taste is connected to our memory in a big way. So, when you travel and try unique and new foods – your brain will connect that flavor with your travels.
Best Restaurants in Lahaina
Now that we’ve established that it’s important to try new foods and budget for great food while you travel, let’s get on to the really delicious part: A look at the best restaurants in Lahaina. We’ve divided it into two sections: Award-winning and highly rated restaurants, and local favorites.
– Lahaina Grill
We often recommend Lahaina Grill to our customers. It’s a great place to eat, because it’s located in historic Lahaina Town, and it has delicious food. It is rated as the #1 restaurant in Lahaina on TripAdvisor, and they have won numerous awards. While the prices aren’t the bet for those looking for budget dining, the quality is exceptional.
If you’re looking for high-quality seafood, especially sushi, Japengo is an excellent choice. They draw on the freshest, locally-grown product that Hawaii has to offer. With an almost 5-star rating on TripAdvisor, reviewers can’t say enough about their great food and atmosphere.
– Kimo’s Restaurant
Kimo’s is a well-established restaurant in Lahaina. The best part of this place? It’s located right on the oceanfront, so you get fabulous views while you dine. Try the fresh-catch of the day to get the best seafood. With an almost 5-star rating and over 4,000 ratings on TripAdvisor, many visitors and local vouch for its quality.
– Aloha Mixed Plate
This local favorite, Aloha Mixed Plate has won many awards for “Best Plate Lunch.” With delicious menu offerings like Kalua pig, coconut prawns, kalbi ribs, and more, you won’t be disappointed. With a 4-star review on TripAdvisor, it is a well-known locals spot for great food.
– Betty’s Beach Café
Betty’s Beach Café has great views of the Pacific Ocean. And, if you plan your trip right, you might be able to watch a fire-knife dancer! Locals and visitors alike love the great food this little restaurant has to offer. Locals love their breakfasts, and the ocean view is a great way to start the day.
– Maui’s Tacos
Maui’s Tacos has meshed Mexican flavors with Hawaiian traditions. With dishes like the “Hana” burrito, you get fresh Mexican flavor, but made with Hawaiian BBQ pork. Reviewers on TripAdvisor love the fish tacos!
Eat Great Food, Make Great Memories at Lahaina Shores
Lahaina Shores is the best location for your stay in Maui. Located on Front Street in Lahaina Town, you won’t miss out on any of the fun that happens in this exciting little town. You are within walking distance to great restaurants, where you’ll eat great food and make great memories!