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Mark F. Asked Molly Several Questions
We are traveling with our new grandson, but still want to enjoy island food with our family. I was wondering if you can take infants into bars/restaurants on Maui? Is smoking allowed? Also is there any place you would recommend for a Thanksgiving dinner on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, as we are traveling on Thanksgiving Day. Mahalo, Mark
And Molly Answered Them
There is no outright ban on children or infants in any restaurant I can think of, but there are some that I wouldn’t take an infant. When you flip through Top Maui Restaurants, you’ll see plenty of restaurants marked with the “kid-friendly” mark. Some of our favorites that serve the kind of food you’re probably thinking of when you say “island food” include:
There are plenty of others, including some that are less pricey but that’s at least a place for you to start.
As for smoking, no, there is no smoking in bars or restaurants on Maui. In fact, Hawaii has pretty strict no-smoking law, and it is hard to find a smoker’s zone in most public places. For us non-smokers, of course, that’s fantastic – but I know it can be difficult for smokers. Plan on getting your fix outside of your hotel room, and check with places to see if they have a designated smoking area.
As for a Thanksgiving-type meal the day on Wednesday night, I don’t think anyone is doing a full turkey dinner until Thanksgiving itself. However, I definitely recommend checking with restaurants that bring in seasonal foods as part of their regular menu. You’ll be more likely to have a pumpkin soup, a hearty leg of lamb, or a warming sweet potato dish at David Paul’s Island Grill and the always-great I’O in Lahaina, or at Capische? in Wailea.
Hopefully that will catch you somewhere close to where you’re staying on Maui. Happy Thanksgiving!
For more Thanksgiving meal ideas check out my post about Turkey Day.