Maui's Best Restaurants! 2010 'Aipono Awards

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Real Estate Agent with Island Sotheby's International Realty R(S): 56519

Each year, my favorite Maui magazine, Maui No Ka Oi, hosts the ‘Aipono Awards Gala.   Honoring local Maui restaurants, the award winning restaurants are selected by readers of the magazine.  The Chef of the Year title is decided by Maui Chefs and Industry Leaders.   The Gala is a benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy, which has an excellent reputation and trains many of the island's best chefs.

I've been fortunate to have many of the 2010 award winning restaurants contribute recipes to Local Flavors, and I've linked those with recipes so that you can have a taste of Maui at home: 

Restaurant of the Year
Gold: Pineapple Grill, Kapalua
Silver: Mama's Fish House, Paia

Maui County Farm Bureau's Friend of Agriculture: Flatbread Company, Paia
Excellence in Sustainability: Market Fresh Bistro
Lifetime Achievement Award: Rober Santos, Maui Culinary Academy

Most Romantic
Gold: Capische?, Wailea
Silver: Gerard's, Lahaina

Best New Restaurant:
Gold: David Paul's Island Grill
Silver: Cane & Taro and Bistro Casanova

Best Service:
Gold: Lahaina Grill, Lahaina
Silver: Banyan Tree, Kapalua

Best Waterfront
Gold: Mala Ocean Tavern (Lahaina)
Silver: Merriman's Kapalua, Kapalua

Most Romantic
Gold: Capische, Wailea
Silver: Gerard's, Lahaina

Most Innovative
Gold: Banyan Tree, Kapalua
Silver: I'O, Lahaina

Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine
Gold: Hali‘imaile General Store, Hali‘imaile
Silver: Roy's Kahana Bar & Grill, Kahana

Best Dessert
Gold: Roy's Kahana Bar & Grill, Kahana
Silver: Duo, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea

Best Late Night
Gold: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Multiple Locations
Silver: Lahaina Coolers, Lahaina

Best Dinner Value
Gold: Aloha Mixed Plate, Lahaina
Silver: Cafe o Lei, Multiple Locations

Best Business Lunch
Gold: Cafe o Lei, Multiple Locations
Silver: Pineapple Grill, Kapalua

Best Vegetarian Menu
Gold: Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina & Mala Wailea
Silver: Cilantro Mexican Grill, Lahaina

Best Asian
Gold: A Saigon Cafe, Wailuku
Silver: Thai Chef, Lahaina

Best Italian
Gold: Casanova's, Makawao
Silver: Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea

Best Steak
Gold: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Multiple Locations
Silver: Duo, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea

Best Seafood
Gold: Mama's Fish House, Kuau
Silver-tie:
Pacific'o, Lahaina
Waterfront, Ma'alaea

Best Pizza
Gold: Flatbread Company, Pa‘ia
Silver: Lahaina Pizza Company (Formerly BJ's Chicago Pizzeria), Lahaina

Best Sushi
Gold: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Multiple Locations
Silver: Kai Sushi at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Best Plate Lunch
Gold: Aloha Mixed Plate, Lahaina
Silver: Da Kitchen, Multiple Locations

Best Breakfast
Gold: Gazebo, Napili
Silver: The Plantation House, Kapalua

Most Keiki Friendly
Gold: Bubba Gump, Lahaina

Best Take Out
Gold: Honokowai Okazuya, Honokowai
Silver: Honolua Store, Kapalua

Best Luau
Gold: Old Lahaina Lu‘au, Lahaina
Silver: Feast at Lele, Lahaina

Most Mauiest
Gold: Mama's Fish House, Kuau
Silver: Hula Grill, Ka'anapali

Best Bakery
Gold: Komoda Store & Bakery, Makawao
Silver: Stillwell's Bakery, Wailuku

Best Lobby Lounge
Gold: Alaloa at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Silver: Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Maui, Wailea

Best Bar
Gold: Lulu's Lahaina Surf Club & Grill, Lahaina
Silver: Leilani's, Ka'anapali

Best Wine List

Gold: Pineapple Grill, Kapalua
Silver: Lahaina Grill, Lahaina

Best Cocktails
Gold: Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina, & Mala Wailea
Silver: Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe, Wailea

Best-kept Secret
Gold: Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort, Napili
Silver: Pulehu Restaurant at the Westin Villas, Ka'anapali

Even if you can't be here for the Gala celebration, you can celebrate throughout the year by attending any of the ‘Aipono Winemaker's Dinner Series, which also benefit the MCA.  I recently had the opportunity to attend the Landmark Winery Dinner at Pineapple Grill, which was simply fantastic.

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There are some old friends here, and some new faces as well. Thanks for bringing us this update.

Apr 28, 2010 03:18 PM #1
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Lise Howe
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these all sound lovely! Making me hungry at this hour of almost midnight! Thanks for the ideas of yummy restaurants.

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PS I also love a new place called Star Noodle.  Very swanky for Lahaina with a West Coast City vibe.  I'm hoping to profile one of their recipes soon!

 

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