Maui may be just one island, but its food scene is diverse and incredibly delicious. As a fusion of many cultures and flavor profiles, Hawaiian cuisine has something everyone can enjoy. However, when you’re on vacation to the Aloha State, traveling expenses add up fast. But don’t worry—there are plenty of tasty cheap eats in Maui! Here’s how to eat like a local and save the next time you visit Maui.
We’ve got the scoop on the best places to eat in Maui for cheap, as well as tips for saving and splurging on unforgettable Maui meals.
You’ll find local lunch stands and cafes all over the island, but some communities are especially foodie-friendly. Plan your itinerary with the best restaurants in Maui in mind.
1. 808 Deli
From specialty sandwiches and salads to gourmet hot dogs and hearty breakfasts, everything at 808 Deli costs less than $10. The avocado mango salsa dog tastes like the island in a bun! Vegan and vegetarian options are available, too.
2. Kihei Caffe
Not sure where to eat breakfast in Maui? Kihei Caffe is a darn good place to start the day. Whether you want a healthy papaya filled with yogurt or a breakfast burrito, the neighborhood vibes and cozy patio make every morning a good morning.
3. Eskimo Candy
The portions at this old-school seafood restaurant are made to share. Don’t believe us? Order the Captain’s Platter and see for yourself. You can eat in or order take out for a family dinner or romantic night in.
4. Tin Roof
Almost every meal on this award-winning menu costs less than $10. Given the option, you definitely want to splurge a few dollars and add the garlic noodles to your mochiko chicken.
5. Aloha Mixed Plate
The menu at famous Aloha Mixed Plate has a wide price range, but the starters and sandwiches are cheap eats in Lahaina at their best. If you’ve never had SPAMP (Yes, SPAMP) musubi, this is the place to try it first.
6. Joey’s Kitchen
While you’re scouting out the must-try cheap eats in Maui, make sure you order the loco moco. This iconic dish originated on the Big Island, but locals say Joey’s serves Maui’s best version of this gravy-smothered comfort food.
7. Ba-Le Sandwich Shop
Kahului, Kihei, Wailuku, Lahaina
With four locations all over the island, Ba-Le may become your new favorite sandwich spot. Vietnamese dishes served take-out style are the best fuel after a day on the waves. Several vegetarian options are available, and every sandwich is under $9.
8. Tasty Crust
When you crave comforting cheap food in Maui, only Tasty Crust will hit the spot. The menu is a mix of classic griddle breakfasts and Polynesian specialties. No frills, just really good food—whether you’re waking up with the sun or chasing the hair of the dog.
9. Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread
Aunt Sandy’s banana bread is delicious for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The local food stand serves up more than yummy baked goods, though. Locals and visitors can’t get enough of the saimin—a noodle soup with Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino roots. Slurp up!
Want to know how to save even more on the best food in Maui? Here are some travel-tested tips for eating on the Valley Isle:
- Book a hotel in Maui with a kitchen and cook your own meals with local ingredients. Mild weather means many farmers markets in Maui are open year-round.
- Remember that large portions are part of Hawaiian hospitality. Dine family-style if you’re traveling in a group to save more money.
- Don’t skip a traditional luau! It’s worth the price, and several hotels host these cultural dinners on-site. Consider the Myths of Maui Luau at Royal Lahaina Resort and Te Au Moana Luau at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort.
- Want to learn where your favorite food comes from? Many of Maui’s organic fruit and coffee farms offer public tours for a small fee. Where else are you going to see your morning coffee still on the tree?
Now that you know what and where to eat in Maui, add some Maui attractions to your itinerary! Want to know more about traveling cheap? Check out the cheapest neighborhoods to stay, play, and eat when you visit Maui on a budget.
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