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MonkeyPod Kitchen, Kihei

10 Wailea Gateway Plaza, B-201
Kihei , Hawaii
Tel: 808 891 2322's insider take:

This casual, family-friendly restaurant in a convenient mini mall on the highway to Wailea prides itself on its fine selection of microbrews and hearty gastropub fare with good food values (buying from local farms/aiming for perfection in preparation). None of this is a surprise coming from chef and locavore hero Peter Merriman, who has his fine-dining namesake restaurant in Kapalua and sister restaurants on the Big Island and Kauai. For lunch, tuck into kiawe wood–smoked "Maui Gold" pizza with pineapple and kalua pork, or the Maui Cattle Burger on a house-baked bun with a side of homemade kimchi. For dinner, there's Merriman's wok-seared chile and pepper-crusted ahi or the grass-fed Maui peppercorn-rubbed sirloin served with roasted red bliss potatoes, best paired with one of the 36 microbrews on tap (the best selection of artisan beers on Maui).—Cathay Che

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