(UPDATED JUNE, 2019)
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. 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)
Kamana Kitchen (Kihei)
With two popular Big Island restaurants, Kamana Kitchen opened on Maui in 2017 and dishes out, if not the best, one of the best Indian meals on Maui. Unfortunately, they no longer offer the lunch buffet, but lunch prices are generally under $10 a plate and are an excellent value. 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)
Moku Roots (Lahaina)
Open for just over a year, Moku Roots has changed the game for vegan/vegetarian/gluten free dining in West Maui. Located in the Lahaina Gateway Center (across street from the Cannery Mall), Moku Roots creates farm-to-table meals and sandwiches that leave us coming back for more. It's a large menu, but if you want to start with a local favorite, try the jack fruit taco. Like all their foods, it uses only locally sourced fruit and veggies. (Moku Roots)
Pi Artisan Pizzeria (Kihei)
Located at the outlet mall in Lahaina, just off of Front Street, if you're looking for delicious gluten-free pizza, Pi is your place. The friendly staff staff will serve you a fresh pizza using their house-made mozzarella, sausage and sauces. Oh, and Pi is located across the street from the ocean with an amazing view! (Pi Artisan Pizzeria)
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