Koa’s Seaside Grill

When people first heard that the Englishman and I were going to Maui, one of the first things that many of them told us was “you have to get the macadamia nut pancakes at Gazebo in Napili.”  Of course, the average wait for Gazebo at any given time is one hour, so when I found out that the owners of Gazebo opened a restaurant in Lahaina called Koa’s Seaside Grill that served the same famous pancakes, I was sold.

The Englishman and I loved Koa’s Seaside Grill so much that we actually went twice: once for the famous pancakes and once for a delicious dinner that I’m still dreaming about.  The restaurant is located on Front Street in Lahaina and literally sits along the waterfront which makes for some beautiful Maui sunsets while you eat your dinner.

Since we had dinner at Koa’s Seaside Grill I’ll start there first.  We were both looking for some delicious, authentic Hawaiian cuisine and Koa’s definitely fit the bill.  We started our meal with a bottle of wine and a lovely arugula, tomato and burrata salad.

Koa's Seaside Grill BurrataThe salad was a nice light starter to the meal.  Every time I have burrata cheese I am reminded that I need to have more of it at home.

We also got some sweet potato fries and regular fries to share, because sweet potato!  And the fact that fries are delicious.

Koa's Seaside Grill FriesFor my main dish, I got the Kalua Pork and Cabbage which was out of this world.

Koa's Seaside Grill Kalua PorkI’m a huge fan of slow cooker pork, but this Kalua pork took it to the next level.  The meat was so juicy and tender and had the right amount of salt and literally melted in your mouth.  The cabbage paired beautifully with the pork and I practically licked the plate clean.  My dish also came with rice and green beans, but the true star of the evening was the Kalua pork.

Koa's Seaside Grill Korean Short RibsThe Englishman got Korean Short Ribs with Beer Battered Shrimp and had nothing but rave reviews for his dish as well.  He also got an order of mashed potatoes on the side and enjoyed every last bite.

I will say it’s been quite some time since I’ve had a meal that was THAT good, and Koa’s Seaside Grill gets nothing but gold stars in my book.  Like I said, I’m still dreaming about that pork.

While Koa’s dinner was amazing, their breakfast (and macadamia nut pancakes) was also top-notch.  After spending a morning at crossfit and then stand up paddle boarding, the Englishman and I were eager to return to Koa’s Seaside Grill for a delicious breakfast.

Koa's Seaside Grill Macadamia Nut PancakesThe Englishman decided to go for the macadamia nut pancakes (which he so generously shared with me) along with a side of eggs and bacon.

I now see what all the hype was about.  These pancakes are goooooood.  They are light and fluffy and topped with chopped macadamias and whipped cream.  They will definitely leave you stuffed!

Koa's Seaside Grill OmeletteI also got a giant omelet that I was barely able to make a dent in.  It was stuffed with avocado, cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms and was delicious.

If you ever find yourself in the Lahaina area, do yourself a favor and go to Koa’s Seaside Grill.  I rarely ever visit the same place twice when I travel and Koa’s was so good that I knew I wanted to eat there again.

Now who can tell me how to recreate Kalua pork at home?

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