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best sandwich maui
Nalu’s ‘ahi club boasts flavor punches of applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, caramelized onions, and sriracha aioli on crisp sourdough; it’s served with a side of cool cucumber tzatziki and house-made potato chips with a touch of truffle oil.

Nalu’s South Shore Grill

2016 Best New Restaurant, Gold

The old IHOP in Kīhei has been transformed into a cool, open-air hangout with fun and funky seating, an unpretentious atmosphere, and a rare koa-wood outrigger canoe hanging overhead. Nalu’s ambiance practically calls out to you: “E komo mai! Welcome!” The sophisticated menu offers fresh and delectable fare at reasonable prices. The coconut wireless has been buzzing as diners share their Nalu food experiences: Hawai‘i grass-fed beef burger on  homemade brioche with brie and generous slices of applewood-smoked bacon (everything is better with bacon), Korean-style beef short ribs plate lunch complete with house-made kim chee, red and golden beet salad with goat cheese on fresh mesclun with a bright and fruity mango vinaigrette, and a killer loco moco that may crash the airwaves, it’s that good! As we locals say, “Garans ballbarans (Hawaiian Creole meaning “guaranteed”), you’ll be back once you try da food here!” And don’t be surprised when every plate arrives at the table looking like the cover of Gourmet magazine. Just smile, do the Instagram and grind ‘em. . . .

1280 South Kīhei Road, Kīhei • 891-8650 •



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