Fresh pig from the imu and authentic Hawaiian food served by the seashore is where it’s at. When sampling a plate lunch, Aloha Mixed Plate is undisputed as the best the island has to offer. The Hawaiian plate is sized bambucha to manini–it doesn’t have to be one-size-fits-all appetites. But their menu includes veggie stir fry, chow fun, chow mein, shoyu chicken and kalbi, all of which spans the rainbow of flavors that makes local cuisine so eclectic and colorful. 1285 Front St., Lahaina; 808-661-3322; alohamixedplate.com
Runner-up: Da Kitchen (JR) 425 Koloa St., Kahului; 808-871-7782 / 2439 S. Kihei Rd.; 808-875-7782.