The explosion of gastro pub grub wouldn’t be worth its weight in gravy without the low brow diners that built the foundation that sustains our love of comfort foods. And while I share The Food Network’s enthusiasm for Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but I couldn’t help but notice that the Monday installment of Triple D Goes Hawaiian missed Maui completely.
Perhaps Fieri’s production company couldn’t fork out the dough for inter-island flights. In any case, since Fieri is apparently too high maka-maka for our little greasy spoons, I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting a few of Kahului’s finest dives to make up for triple D’s loss. (Note: I specifically left out Wailuku, and other parts of the island for a later installment.)
312 Alamaha St., Kahului
You’ve probably driven by Jack’s Inn lots of times without ever stopping. Its location is super low-pro, sandwiched between Ace Hardware and Iwado Realty on Alamaha Street in the heart of Kahului’s industrial area. Its unassuming mirrored doors look like you could be entering an office but once inside you know you’ve come to the right place for ono banana pancakes, tasty loco moco and the fried rice special. Grab a seat where you can.
The good food doesn’t stop with their breakfast eggs and bacon either; there are omelettes, a miso special, sandwiches, burgers and beef stew. If you want lunch, they start serving it at 5am and breakfast service lasts until they close at 2pm. Everything is really reasonably priced, averaging around $6 for a simple breakfast.
Be sure to check their specials board, which are packed with extras. Peach pancakes, kim chee hamburger steak and fried akule were just some of the extra goodies on the board the last time I visited. Oh, and when you’re pau, pay at the counter with cash because your plastic isn’t welcome here.
Part 1 of 3 on Kahului Diners
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