Ah, Stella Blues. You show me a person who doesn’t love the place and I’ll show you a fool. They have a great selection of sandwiches, vegetarian items, salads and sides, as well as plate lunch options and tasty chicken chili. You have the choice of indoor seating, where there is much Grateful Dead memorabilia to be seen or outdoor seating on the lanai that is wonderfully peaceful—for the most part. Stella Blues is a charming, family-owned, non-corporate establishment. And most importantly, the workers are welcoming, warm, knowledgeable, pleasant, hard working, enthusiastic, intelligent and attractive. I should know, because I’m one of them. 1279 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-3779.
runner-up: paia fish market. 2a baldwin ave., paia, 579-8030. (hk)