Where to Find the Best Filipino Food in Maui

Barbecue and meat on display at a street food stall during the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City, Philippines
Barbecue and meat on display at a street food stall during the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City, Philippines | © Icqgirl / Wikimedia Commons
Marjorie Perlas

Contributing Writer

Filipino food is making its way into the mainstream dining scene throughout the United States, but perhaps not fast enough.

Even in a place like Hawaii, where there is a strong Filipino presence, it’s difficult to find authentic and homemade dishes.

Unless you’re being invited over for dinner or a classic eight-hour long barbecue, here are some places in Maui to satisfy your Filipino food cravings.

1. Paradise Supermarket

Grocery Store, Filipino

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Where there’s a Filipino community, there is a bound to be a neighborhood supermarket featuring specialty imports and cuisine. On Maui, it’s no different. With the large Filipino population on the small island, Paradise supplies the community with anything and everything. From dried mangoes to brands of shampoo that can only be found in the Philippines, this store has it all. To top it off, they also offer prepared food, which is what most people come for. They’re famous for offering comfort food favorites like pancit and pork adobo, and serve in generous portions. It may not exactly be home cooking, but it’s pretty darn close.

2. Max's Restaurant

Restaurant, Filipino

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This beloved franchise restaurant has made its way around the world and added Maui to its long list of locations. You can pretty much guess what they’re famous for, proclaiming themselves the “house that fried chicken built”. They shouldn’t be limited to that, though, as they serve up other delicious specialties just as well. The perfect setting for family dining with some of the friendliest staff around, Max’s not only offers quality food, but also brings a bit of nostalgia to the Filipinos who are missing a little bit of home.

3. Joey's Kitchen

Restaurant, Filipino

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Hardly an unfamiliar name, chef Joey spent his time building his reputation in the kitchen at Roy’s Ka’anapali. Now, he’s taking on a completely new challenge: introducing concepts of Filipino fusion. With a farm to table concept and sourcing locally, he already has the local community behind him. With influences from Hawaiian, Japanese, and Korean cuisine, Joey’s Kitchen is going up against a food culture that hosts some pretty strict critics. Fortunately, the restaurant has been a hit, with unique dishes like their loco moco Filipino meatloaf, and is absolutely worth checking out.

4. Golden Coin Bakeshop

Bakery, Filipino

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There’s nothing like getting a fresh pastry hot out of the oven, no matter what time of day it is. Golden Coin takes it to another level with their soft pandesal that you can pick up at any time. However, don’t let the name fool you, they also serve savory Filipino classics, like lumpia and chicken papaya, in a plate lunch format. It’s a full course meal situation at the Golden Coin, though we’d suggest sticking with the baked goods as there are so many other places, like the aforementioned, to get hearty meals.

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