NEW RESTAURANT, Winner Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman Address: 10 Wailea Gateway Pl. Unit B-201, Wailea, HI 96753 Phone: 808-891-2322 Website: http://www.monkeypodkitchen.com Beer and pie sounds like a weird combination, but at Monkeypod Kitchen they work beautifully together to make the newest of Peter Merriman’s concept restaurants successful. Thirty-six beers on tap, served over an amazing handcrafted bar and with foods created with sustainability in mind, the restaurant is both contemporary and island-style. Their homemade pies are spectacular, but sadly seasonal.
Chips and salsa, a good margarita and some people-watching is the perfect Northshore pau hana at Milagros. But over in South Maui, pau hana at Monkeypod Kitchen involves handcrafted cocktails and gastro pub pupus like truffle fries and flatbreads. MauiTime readers just couldn’t make up their minds, possibly because both are just that good. Milagros: 3 Baldwin Ave., Paia; 808-579-8755; milagrosfoodcompany.com / Monkeypod: 10 Wailea Gateway Pl.; 808-891-2322; monkeypodkitchen.com (JR)