(UPDATED JUNE, 2019)
Food trucks keep sprouting up on Maui and we couldn’t be happier. The quality of food at the trucks listed below rival anything you’ll eat at high end restaurants. While you’ll find classic Hawaiian dishes like poke, you can also find ethnic foods that are generally underserved here, like gyros and authentic Mexican food. This list could easily run 20 deep, so expect to see another list in the near future.
- Maui Fresh Streatery (check the Facebook page)
The menu changes every two weeks at Maui Fresh Streatery, but we’ve never been disappointed, so we can give this truck a hearty recommendation even if we can’t recommend any single dish. Serving only fresh, Maui-sourced food, this truck embraces a farm-to-table ethic. (Maui Fresh Streatery)
- Thai Mee Up (Kahului)
Open for lunch M – F and dinner on Wednesday’s until 8:00, Thai Mee Up is located in the food truck round-up across from Costco. They feature some amazing curries, we especially love the panang curry, and great pad thai. It can sometimes take 15 – 20 minutes to get your food (they will warn you), so we always use that time to cross the street and get gas at Costco. Thai Mee Up was featured on the hit Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”. (Thai Mee Up)
- Like Poke? (Kahului)
Like Poke? uses only fresh caught fish, meaning if the fishermen come up dry, no poke for you! While that can be frustrating, we give mad props to this truck for sticking to their ideals. The other maddening thing about Like Poke? They’re only open until they run out of food. Usually, that’s pretty early. Generally open from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, we recommend getting there by 11:00. OK, so what should you order? For starters, try the poke. It’s some of the best on the island. Then, venture out and try something like the ahi katsu (if it’s available on the day you visit) and the fried poke.
- iine ramen (Kahului)
The best ramen on Maui, hands down, is found here at iine ramen. Located in the same food truck location as Thai Mee Up and Like Poke?, iine ramen usually sells out by later in the afternoon, so like the other places, go early! The spicy varieties of ramen bowls are all great, but if we had to recommend one bowl, we’d go with the spicy tonkotsu (pork) ramen. It’s loaded with flavor. Our one complaint about iine is the noodles themselves could use some work. But if you’re jonesing for ramen, iine is really your only option on Maui. (iine ramen)
- Mediterranean Grill (Haiku)
Serving Lebanese-style Mediterranean food, the Mediterranean Grill food truck absolutely kills it with its lamb gyro. Easily the best gyro we’ve eaten on Maui, the lamb is always perfectly grilled and the yogurt sauce has just enough bite to taste it, but it doesn’t overwhelm the dish. Located in a food truck round-up in Haiku, if you’re upcountry, we recommend you swing by. (Mediterranean Grill)
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