Friday, April 15, 2011

Aloha Mixed Plate

Memorable Maui bite number three goes to Aloha Mixed Plate for introducing me to one thing: Furikake Garlic Fries. Like Roy Choi's Furikake Kettle Corn, it's one of those ideas that makes so much sense that you wonder why you never thought to do it before. The fries were perfectly crisp, and the tasty topping of sweet seaweed, bonito flakes, and toasted sesame seeds made the ketchup unnecessary. The fries had just the right amount of garlic to give them some kick. I could try to further describe the deliciousness of this, but I'd rather you go get your favorite garlic fries armed with a bottle of your favorite variety of furikake and witness the magic yourself. Simple flavor combinations like this are a big reason why Hawaiian food rocks.

Aloha Mixed Plate also serves up some solid plate lunches. Though I only went here once during my trip to Maui, I would imagine that their food is really consistent. Just from looking around their outdoor deck, I could tell that they have a devoted group of regulars.

My favorite was probably the Shoyu Chicken because the dark meat was so tender and the soy sauce marinade had a great balance between sweet and salty. The plate lunches, in general, were nothing as new and as mind blowing as the fries, but they were definitely very tasty. And they have brown rice, which is always a plus.


Shrimp Stir-Fry.

Chow Funn.

If you're staying in Lahaina, make it a point to go here for some legitimate plate lunch options. Aloha Mixed Plate is very accessible, has a beautiful view of the ocean, is reasonably priced, and is filled with an extremely friendly staff. And never, ever, forget to get the Furikake Garlic Fries.

Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-3322

GET: Furikake Garlic Fries.

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