If you come to Hawaii and don’t eat any poke, were you even here at all?
While poke has been gaining popularity on the mainland with various takes on the island staple (poke burritos, anyone?), Hawaii’s longstanding poke tradition makes this a can’t-miss-dish during your vacation.
You don’t have to look very far from The Penthouse Maui to find some of the BEST poke Maui has to offer. We’ve rounded up our favorite poke places in Kihei, below – we won’t even judge you for eating at all of them!
South Maui Fish Co.
The BEST poke on Maui comes the red truck behind the 76-gas station off South Kihei Road. South Maui Fish Company partners with local fisherman to source fresh catch, sustainable seafood. Poke dishes are always made with sashimi grade ahi tuna, and are available to purchase by the pound, as well as bowl and plate formats.
Miso Phat Sushi
The proprietors of this family-owned and operated sushi bar are so committed to serving fresh sushi that they captain their own fishing boat. In addition to a traditional ahi poke bown, Miso Phat offers a variety of specialty rolls like the TNT Roll, a shrimp tempura and crab roll topped with ahi poke and served with unagi sauce and agave honey.
Eskimo Candy Seafood Market and Deli has been a Kihei seafood staple since 2003, and has maintained a reputation for having some of the freshest fish on Maui. Eskimo Candy offers four varieties of their famous poke bowl: shoyu, wasabi, furikake, and spicy tuna, served over a bed of white rice with wasabi aioli.
While you might scoff at grocery store poke, locals know that Hawaii’s Foodland stores carry perhaps the widest selection of quality, wallet-friendly poke. In fact, Foodland has been voted Hawaii’s Best Poke 9 years in a row in a reader poll by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the state’s largest newspaper. Foodland poke is made fresh daily, offering the usual favorites as well as unique poke recipes found only at individual locations. Come here to mix and match the multiple varieties to find your favorite.
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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