Being gluten-free on Maui does not need to be a burden. Over the last five years, we’ve seen an influx of gluten-free options entering our restaurants. While the fine dining options are plentiful, there are also many casual restaurants and markets that cater to gluten-free diets. And in the case of one item on this list, a fantastic bakery. Here are our choices, listed alphabetically, for the best gluten-free casual shops on Maui.
Choice Health Bar (Lahaina)
Fully vegan and organic, Choice Health Bar serves light breakfast and lunch, as well as smoothies, juices and snacks. Nearly everything on the menu is gluten-free. They even have gluten-free granola for their popular acai bowls. (Choice Health Bar)
Down to Earth (Kahului)
Open on Maui since 1997, Down to Earth is a bit like a local version of Whole Foods, offering a wide selection of natural and organic foods and groceries. Located less than 10 minutes from the airport, it features a fantastic hot food and cold salad bar, as well as made-to-order sandwiches, smoothies and juices. It’s a great place to pick up gluten-free snacks for the long plane ride home… or the drive out to Lahaina, which can sometimes feel longer than a flight to Seattle. (Down to Earth)
Flatbread Company (Paia)
While Flatbread Company charges an additional $7 per pizza for gluten-free flatbread, at least the option is there. Flatbread Company makes some of the best pizzas on Maui, so the additional charge seems worth it. Most tables end up splitting a few different flatbreads, so if you have family or friends who aren’t gluten-free, the entire table can eat happy. (Flatbread Company)
Kamana Kitchen (Kihei)
With two popular Big Island restaurants, Kamana Kitchen opened on Maui in June, 2017. We recommend trying the lunch buffet, which features vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes with plenty of gluten-free options. Unfortunately, the delicious naan isn’t GF, but most of the other food options are. We can eat the rice pudding dessert for days. (Kamana Kitchen)
Maui Sugar Shop (Lahaina)
The crown jewel of gluten-free bakeries, Maui Sugar Shop is the only 100% gluten-free bakery we know of on Maui (if you know of another one, please tell us!) Located in Lahaina, the bakery features cupcakes, eclairs, banana bread and assorted other pastries. They also serve light breakfasts and lunches. Maui Sugar Shop will custom bake birthday and wedding cakes. We’ve tried pretty much every cupcake flavor and we haven’t been disappointed by any of them. (Maui Sugar Shop)
Now that you’ve seen our list of favorite casual gluten-free places, tell us where you like to go in the comments below or by hitting us up on Twitter: @HIOceanProject and Instagram: @hawaiioceanproject.