Kobe, with its high ceilings and cool lights, is a perfect place to sit back and chow down on Maui’s best Japanese grub. With a Teppanyaki menu that includes Sukiyaki and Hibachi Steak, the Super Sunset Specials (nightly 5:30-6:30), lots of colorful sushi and Japanese beer to wash it all down, it’s no surprise why Kobe is voted the BEST. For dessert, treat yourself to either Japanese Green Tea or Macadamia Nut ice cream. Dinner served nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m. 136 Dickenson Street, Lahaina, 667-5555.
runner-up: sansei. 115 bay dr., kapalua, 669-6286; 1881 s. kihei rd., 879-0004. (lg)