Some of Maui’s best food lies in a turnout between Kahului Airport and the old whaling town of Lahaina. At Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, the line often trails out the door, but it moves quickly—and everyone agrees it’s worth the wait, especially for the dreamy pies in flavors like pineapple-macadamia, local Olowalu lime, and chocolate-haupia (coconut). Also available are savory hand pies in mushroom, carnitas, and vegetarian versions, as well as salads, hoagies, hot dogs, and even adult beverages (some of which feature Leoda’s famous house-made lemonade).
Enjoy Freshly Baked Pies at Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop
For most visitors to Lahaina, Olowalu is simply a blip on the road between the airport and their resort or hotel. There’s one general store, a popular snorkeling site, and that’s really it. But there’s also a small kitchen and pie shop that might offer the island’s best food. Despite the obscure location—or perhaps because of it—Leoda’s has managed to quickly become one of the most popular restaurants on Maui. Everything here is baked fresh daily, and the ingredients used in many of the offerings are sourced from local farmers. As clichéd as it sounds, you can literally taste the freshness, which is why there is often a line out the door filled with happy and hungry patrons. For lunch, try one of the turkey sandwiches or a surprisingly filling veggie burger. For dinner, order a savory pot pie of either chicken or beef and mushrooms. There’s also bread, baked each morning, or start the day right with a seared ahi benedict for which they use eggs from a farm up the road. While the regular menu is reason enough to pay a visit to Leoda’s Pie Shop, the real draw is the circular orbs of heaven that have contributed to the restaurant’s fame: Pies. For those with a sweet tooth, Leoda’s has the island’s best selection of handcrafted, gourmet pies. Choose from such tropical varieties as the mac nut chocolate praline, or stick with one of the traditional favorites such as pumpkin or banana cream.
Pies to die for: Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop
Breakfast, lunch or dinner Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop on Maui will hit the spot. Using ingredients from all over the islands, these pies deliver - whether its just like grandma’s dessert pies or savory comfort food, you must come here for at least on meal while staying on Maui. Tips: Prepare for a line and be careful entering the restaurant property as it is right on the main highway and there are no signs warning you its coming up.
Sweet and Savory Pies at Leoda's
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is a Maui favorite. The eatery uses locally sourced ingredients to make everything from scratch. The chicken pot pie (pictured), the roast pork hoagie, and the signature burger are particularly delicious. You can’t leave without trying a slice of pie for dessert, of course. Choose from traditional flavors like apple crumb and island-inspired ones like macadamia nut-chocolate-praline. Prices are reasonable, and the vibe is laid-back.