Coconut french toast, banana pancakes, seared ahi benedicts — oh my!
Maui’s farm-to-table chefs make brunch an art, all while redefining what it means to celebrate and source local ingredients. And lucky for those who live on Maui, being a locavore not only helps protect the ‘aina and support local farmers — it’s great for your taste buds, too.
So before you hit the beach this weekend, head to one of our favorite local brunch spots:
Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop | Olowalu
Nestled in the tiny town of Olowalu on the way to Lahaina, Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. They serve up all sorts of sweet pies ranging from apple crumb to Olowalu lime, along with other decadent goodies like banana pancakes sweetened with Hoaloha Farms bananas and french toast made from their home-baked bread, encrusted in coconut with coconut creme anglaise.
Leoda’s also serves up killer savory dishes like seared ahi benedicts, fresh baked biscuits and overstuffed breakfast sandwiches made with Launiupoko eggs from right down the road. And better yet, you can enjoy all of these heavenly treats knowing their ingredients are sourced from local and sustainable farmers.
Nalu's South Shore Grill | Kihei
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, Nalu's South Shore Grill is a must-go. One of their breakfast favorites is the Corn Flake Crusted French Toast: Hawaiian sweet bread stuffed with lilikoi marmalade cream, topped with Maui Gold pineapple, bananas, toasted mac nuts and served with organic maple syrup and devonshire cream. Then there’s the rich and fluffy Island Pancakes, served with homemade rum syrup, Maui Gold pineapple, bananas and macadamia nuts.
Their soul-satisfying breakfast always feature seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients, including locally harvested veggies, grass-fed beef and fresh-caught fish. If you’re craving something savory, we recommend the Black and Blue Ahi Benedict, which is topped with wild mushrooms, a cajun hollandaise and porccini lava salt.
Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon | Paia
For many Maui residents, brunch on Maui means one thing: Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon.
“Walking into Charley's is like coming home,” reads its website. Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon has become an island landmark, serving up some of Maui’s most memorable meals since 1969. Located in the heart of Paia town, Charley’s originally opened as a juice stand, named after the original founder’s Great Dane. Today, the iconic restaurant is most famous for its massive homemade pancakes and homemade coconut syrup. But its savory items are also crowd favorites, especially its Loco Moco, made with a half-pound burger, mushroom gravy, fried eggs and crispy onions.