With only one week in paradise, he started with a little island hopping… from Oahu to Kauai to the Big Island to Maui. He headed back to Oahu yesterday for the duration of his stay.
With only a day on our island, I know he didn’t get to the best restaurants. If only he’d asked me before he made his plans, I would have given him the lowdown on the ten most gnome-friendly places on Maui:
- Alexander’s Fish & Chips in Kihei. The sparrows competing with us diners for perfect bites of crispy, secret-battered fish would have made the not-so-domesticated woodland creature feel right at home.
- Casanova in Makawao. Every gnome’s got to party once in a while. Had he been here on Wednesday, he could have made it to Ladies Night!
- David Paul’s Island Grill in Lahaina. David Paul’s new upscale eatery with delicious-but-mid-priced (for Maui) entrees definitely fits Travelocity’s stated goal of a “more perfect union between travelers and their provider.”
- Flatbread Company in Paia. Everyone loves Flatbread, where the ingredients are close to the earth, just like our buddy.
- Joe’s Bar & Grill in Wailea. Gnomes like out of the way places, and Bev Gannon’s upscale-casual open-air restaurant is just far enough off the beaten path to tempt. Plus, it smells of jasmine on the walk down.
- Mala: An Ocean Tavern in Lahaina. Gnomes like turtles (don’t they?) and there are plenty just off the deck at Mala, right around sunset … which is when any vacationing gnome should be relaxing for happy hour.
- Pacific’O in Lahaina. The quintessential gnome must have a quintessential Pacific Rim meal on the beach.
- A Saigon Cafe in Wailuku. Dive on into that steamed fish on a bed of veggies … eating doesn’t get better than this. But be prepared for the saucy waiters’ cracks about your height.
- Tasaka Guri Guri in Kahului. Tiny cups of some sort of secret ice cream-y confection, $1 per scoop. You probably only need one, but you can get either strawberry or pineapple (that’s it).
- Who Cut the Cheese in Kihei. There’s a little mouse painted on the wall of this cheese and wine shop who’s very excited to meet you… pick up a bottle and a picnic panini and say hello to our favorite Maui rodent.