Story by Dining Diva
Attention, burger fans! Whether you’re a closet carnivore who limits red-meat indulgences to holidays, or a full-bent, unapologetic meat eater who salivates at the mere mention of the grill, this list’s for you.
For most of us, it’s hard to imagine a more satisfying lunch or dinner for those road-tripping, sightseeing, beach-going vacation days than a juicy hamburger. Toss in a sack of French fries, cut from fresh potatoes and fried just so, and a hand-dipped shake scooped from the local creamery’s best, and my, oh my, you’ve got yourself one swell refection.
We selected one burger joint from each corner of Maui, added the requirement that they use island beef, and rated them on three criteria on a scale of one to ten:
Taste – as in juiciness, flavor, texture, use of spices and sauces
Value – not price alone, but rather our somewhat subjective assessment of whether the burger’s worth the asking price
Ambiance – the vibe and overall dining experience
Whalers Village, 2435 Ka‘anapali Pkwy., Ka‘anapali • (808) 667-6636
Hours: Dinner daily 5 – 9:30 pm;
Barefoot Bar & Café 11 am – 10:30 pm
Taste: 9 | Ambiance: 9 | Value: 8
Overall Score: 26
the scoop: Take a break from whale sightings, people watching, and snorkeling in the crystalline waters that front Hula Grill, and sink your toes into the sand under a palapa-shaded table at the Barefoot Bar. Hula Grill dishes up a menu heavy in locally grown ingredients, including a hearty eight-ounce hamburger. The salt air imparts a tang to the crisp/tender fries; if you enjoy an extra kick in your spuds, try the truffle-and-parmesan-roasted potatoes. Some of Maui’s favorite musicians strum breezy, beach-bum classics while diners sip award-winning mai tais and watch the world go by. Oh, yes, and the burger’s great, too.
nearby attractions: Sugar Cane Train, Ka‘anapali’s “Dig Me” Beach, Airport Beach, Honolua Bay, Whalers Village shops and Whaling Museum, sunset sails