Dinners in Lahaina

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | October 15th, 2008 | Restaurant Reviews

Let me start this post by confessing that my husband and I are foodies.  However, we also are willing to pay more to receive great food.  So, when we dine at a restaurant, we are looking for flavorful food that is presented well.  Sadly, during our stay on the west side of Maui, we didn’t find many exciting restaurants.

Arriving in the late afternoon, we decided to dine at Cascades Restaurant and Sushi Bar within the Hyatt at which we were staying.  While the food was sufficient, it wasn’t the superior food that one would expect at a hotel such as this.  The Sweet Maui Onion Rings that we ordered as an appetizer lacked seasoning and had a slightly heavy breading.  My Kula Caesar Salad with grilled chicken was solid, as was my husband’s array of sushi.  However, neither were remarkable.

On our second night, we had a disappointing appetizer at Longboards and decided not to stay for dinner.  (You can read the review posted yesterday.)  However, we did find an excellent location for martinis, which was reviewed on our sister site, Parched No More.

On our third night, we opted to dine in our room.  Having shopped at a farmer’s market earlier in the day, we enjoyed a combination of homemade tortilla chips, pineapple salsa, fresh guacamole, and passionfruit cream cheese.  (The cream cheese combined with the salsa made an excellent dip!)

On our final night in this location, we decided that we had tried enough expensive restaurants that disappointed to us and headed to Maui Tacos.  Expecting fast food, we were not disappointed.  Our barbecue pork nachos were generously portioned and had a nice, sweet yet savory flavor.  Both of our soft tacos, one chicken and one fish, were enjoyable.  While this was nothing gourmet, it was tasty and well worth the $16.34 that we spent.

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