Da Kitchen’s main restaurant in Kahului is really popular because of their giant portions, friendly service, large menu, and great prices. On our last visit, we noticed that had renovated and expanded a bit, which is great as hopefully that means less of a wait during peak times. They serve local favorites, such as a Hawaiian plate complete with lau lau, kalua pork, and chicken long rice, which is a comforting ginger-y noodle with just enough broth to make is slurpy but not soupy. It’s Hawaiian comfort food!
Da Kitchen is a must try! Especially because it’s close to Kahului airport, so a stop before the airport or after you arrive would make a great first or departing meal. There is also an “express” post on South Kihei Road which is just a smaller location with a less extensive menu but I think the original is the best 😉
Da Kitchen, 425 Koloa St, Kahului, HI
I’ve always referred to Zippy’s as the fast food of Hawaii – it’s like a localized version of Denny’s. Their service has always been super friendly and I am just in LOVE with their oxtail soup. They are always open late which is great when it’s midnight and you need a bite to eat and everything on Maui is closed! They are located in Kahului off Dairy road. We often head there on our way down to Kihei/Wailea from the airport, especially when we want a meal and Da Kitchen portions are too daunting. I must say though that they sometimes are a little heavy-handed with the MSG – but they have a bakery with yummy turnovers and baked goods as well, called Napolean’s bakery. No problem with MSG there!
Zippy’s Kahului (with a 24 hour take out window) 15 Hookele Street, Kahului, Hawaii 96732
I’ve often spoken about Kihei Caffe and with good reason – it’s our most favorite breakfast spot on Maui. They open early, which is great for us mainlanders on vacation (especially from the east coast), and their food is delicious, plentiful, and cheap. You order at the counter and they bring your food to you. We really love the loco moco with fried rice, and their cinnamon rolls are to die for too. Oh and can’t forget their biscuits…because biscuits are sooo Hawaiian. Obviously 🙂
If there is one place that is a destination for breakfast, it has to be Kihei Caffe on Maui. We always eat here at least a few times when we stay in South Maui, and even worth a trek from West Maui as well. 🙂 They open from 5am-2pm only.
Kihei Caffe 1945 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753 • (808) 879-2230
BTW, if you come across these locally-made hot sauces from Adoboloco, try them, they are great! We saw them at Kihei Caffe and bought some with us home to enjoy.
That concludes part 2 of my cheap eats Maui post! Don’t worry, I do have more to come. We spent this past weekend in San Diego, CA. We decided to go on a last minute trip to visit Steve’s dad who is recovering from heart surgery. He is doing well and we hope and pray for his speedy recovery every day. It was great to be in nice weather – what a change from freezing cold NYC! Plus there is another nor’easter headed our way tonight…I need some ALOHA now!!!