Part of being a foodie is looking for unique, local restaurants and snack shops that are “off the beaten path”. In fact, before I travel anywhere I do my research to see if any other foodies out there have any tips or hidden away gems. And of course when I get to where I’m going, I start talking to the locals!
Recently I spent a week in Maui, enjoying not only the sun, kayaking, and whale watching but also the amazing local treats! In fact in our 6 days there I think we only ate at the hotel twice. Sure, Maui isn’t another country, but it is across an ocean – and it’s a long way to go to eat the same food I can get at home.
In our adventure there we were lucky enough to hear about an amazing little place – Julia’s Best Banana Bread! OMG! Let me just say, banana bread was never my favorite until a couple of years ago, and even now I don’t have it very often. But this place, this is the mecca of banana bread! Julia’s is little more than a shack on the side of the road – it’s definitely a blink and you’ll miss it kind of place.
Located in the tiny village of Kahakuloa, you have to seek it out to enjoy the warm, delicious goodness she sells. And by seek it out, I mean a 45-minute drive (from the nearest town) on the Road to Hana; a curving, one-lane-in-some-places, road that winds along the western coast of Maui. It is not for the faint of heart, but if you brave the trek you will be privy to some of the most incredible views the island has to offer.
Once you reach the village, just along the road past a small taro farm you’ll find the faded lime-green shop. The shack opens daily around 9am, and is only open until they sell out of the freshly baked loaves. We got there right on the dot and were able to score 3 fresh – and by fresh, I mean still warm – loaves of the delicious bread. In addition to banana bread, we also picked up some coconut cashews and taro chips. All locally made, all mouthwatering!
I have to say, of all the awesome meals we had while in Maui I remember the banana bread the fondest Not only was it amazingly delicious, it was an incredibly fun adventure getting there and that is probably what makes this one of the best local snacks I’ve ever tried!