The food truck scene is Maui has rapidly expanded in recent years, offering a large variety of cheap eats from local vendors who have mastered their specialties. You’ll find a large concentration in the food truck park tucked behind Kihei’s Azeka Mauka plaza, but keep an eye (and a nose) out all over the island to discover local grindz you won’t find anywhere else.
We’ve rounded up our favorite food trucks in south Maui below. Enjoy!
Outrigger Pizza Co
It’s not every day that you spot a handmade, wood fired pizza oven built into a food cart. Outrigger Pizza has been serving Maui for over 10 years, and is consistently recognized for creating some of the best pies in the islands. Kiawe wood smoke imparts a unique local flavor to the handmade dough at this Food Network-approved roadside stand. Look for the yellow food cart in Kihei’s Kukui Mall Plaza, and don’t leave without trying the Lilikoi Pork pizza for a flavor unique to Hawaii. www.OutriggerPizzas.com
Hungry for something healthy to fuel up for the beach? Brekkie Bowls has you covered. This all-organic, vegan friendly food trailer offers a wide array of fresh Smoothies, Acai and Pitaya Bowls designed to nourish the body and the soul. Watch their website and social media pages to find them around Kihei. www.BrekkieBowlsMaui.com
Big Beach BBQ
Typically found about a ½ mile before Makena State Park (aka Big Beach), this BBQ truck is a beach day staple. Featuring Kiawe smoked meat and locally caught fish, Big Beach BBQ fires up signature dishes inspired by traditional Hawaiian BBQ. Choose from culinary delights like Fresh Fish Tacos, Smoked Kalua Pork Sliders and Pineapple Sausages, and pick up some of Big Beach BBQ’s specialty sauces to bring the flavor home. www.BigBeachBBQ.com
South Maui Fish Co.
The BEST poke on Maui can be found in a parking lot behind a gas station. South Maui Fish Company works with local fisherman to source fresh catch, sustainable seafood. You won’t find deep fried or previously frozen fish at this spot. Poke dishes are always made with sustainably caught, top loin, sashimi grade ahi tuna. Menu items change daily based on the catches of the day, but typically include poke, tacos, grilled fish plates, ceviche, curry fish plate, rice and pineapple coconut milk coleslaw. Want to fire up the grill at The Penthouse Maui? South Maui Fish Co. also offers fresh-caught fish fillets to take home, along with an assortment of oils, sauces, seasonings and tips on the best way to prepare dishes at home. www.SouthMauiFishCo.com
If the beach makes you crave a burger and fries, Ohana Burger is the place to be. Located in the food truck court next to Azeka Mauka plaza, Ohana Burger offers juicy burgers made with all beef (or veggie) patties, fresh brioche buns, special sauce and all the fixin’s. The menu is simple, featuring a single, double, or triple burger, onion rings, fries, and milkshakes. www.OhanaBurgerMaui.com
Located in the heart of South Kihei, The Penthouse Maui is a luxury oceanfront penthouse ideal for discerning travelers seeking the utmost in relaxation and privacy. The sprawling 2,824 square-foot penthouse is spectacular with upscale amenities and stylish accommodations. Ideally situated in one of the most sought-after beaches in Maui, it is in close proximity to a variety of coveted island experiences, restaurants and shops. For reservations and inquiries, visit thepenthousemaui.com or call (808) 283-8265.
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