Barstool Gourmet at Lahaina Grill, Roy's, Duke's & Merriman's
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Dining at a gourmet restaurant without the benefit of back support was considered unacceptable when I lived on the mainland. But after moving to Maui, I learned that the coveted corner stool at the bar is considered prime real estate by locals in the know.
Dining at the bar suits Maui’s laid-back atmosphere, encouraging casual conversation while offering great food in some of the most convivial (and beautiful) settings imaginable. A few of my West Maui favorites:
Lahaina Grill Owner Jurg Munch imparts a classy, cosmopolitan flair to this Lahaina hot spot, which tops my list as the pinnacle of gourmet barstool dining. His dedication to five-star service is reflected by the entire staff, especially by the pretty bartenders, Mary and Annabelle, who deliver multicourse gourmet meals from behind the bar as nimbly as the seasoned waiters in the dining room.
The appetizer portion of uber-rich ahi with Hudson Valley foie gras and Dalmatia fig typically stands in for my entree, while my BFF is only getting started with Oliver Gray oysters. Everything on the menu is exceptionally well prepared, including the signature Kona coffee-roasted rack of lamb. Save room for an unbelievable selection of desserts.
127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina | (808) 667-5117 | Bar & Dinner Hours: 6 – 10 p.m. daily