(UPDATED JUNE, 2019)
Sure, Maui has the standard fast food restaurants: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc. But Maui also has Hawaii-based fast food joints if you want a quick meal with more of a local flavor. Since we’re only including restaurants with two or more locations, we won’t include our favorite hamburger shop, Teddy’s Bigger Burger in Lahaina. Here are our five favorite Hawaii-based fast food restaurants.
- Pearl’s Korean BBQ (two Kahului locations)
With your choice of four sides and large main course portions, you will never walk away from Pearl’s hungry. The kalbi ribs are near perfect, with just right amount of “crisp” around the edges. As for the sides, potato salad, crisp corn and kim chee are constants for us. The other side depends on how we feel. For “fast food,” it can actually be kind of slow, but the wait is worth it! (Pearl’s Korean BBQ)
- Ba-Le (various locations)
With four Maui locations, if you need a quick pho fix, Ba-Le is there to serve you. Beyond the pho, the banh mi sandwiches are fantastic. Our favorite banh mis are the beef teriyaki and the char-siu (pork.) There’s a Ba-Le near the airport at Maui Marketplace. It’s a go to spot for people picking up sandwiches to eat at the airport and on the plane. Finally, the vegetable dishes are good, too, if you need to get out of your loco moco haze. (Ba-Le)
- Minit Stop (various locations)
OK, this is a gas station. But, this is no AM/PM! The fried chicken at Minit Stop is arguably the best on the island. It comes in a variety of flavors, with the Korean being especially good. They also serve a really nice bowl of chili over white rice (a Hawaii specialty) and their potato wedges are excellent. Side note: In 1978, Minit Stop became the first self-serve gas station on Maui! (Minit Stop)
- L&L Hawaiian Barbecue (various locations)
The island-wide purveyor of the plate lunch, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue has six Maui locations. They are popular for their hearty portions of Hawaiian comfort foods like chicken katsu, garlic shrimp, loco moco and kalbi ribs. L&L sticks to the standard Hawaiian formula for a plate lunch: two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad and one main dish. Nothing fancy, but it tastes good and fills you up, even if you’re on the tightest of budgets. (L&L Hawaiian Barbecue)
- Maui Tacos (various locations)
While Maui Tacos doesn’t necessarily serve anything “Hawaiian,” they aren’t Taco Bell, either. They serve fish tacos, big fish burritos and grilled prawn tacos, on top of more traditional Mexican-inspired fast food plates like soft and hard tacos, nachos, chimichangas, burritos and quesadillas. They also have a pretty large vegetarian selection. Maui Tacos takes great pride in its salsa bar, which includes six different types of salsas. There are five Maui locations. (Maui Tacos)
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