Top 3 cheap places to eat in Maui
Don't spend all your money eating out.
When you go on vacation, typically the last thing you want to do is cook and clean dishes. My wife found on our 1st trip to Maui that we spent WAAYYYY too much money on food at restaurants and some of them were not good at all. The biggest piece of advice I can give is stay away from the resort restaurants. They are overpriced and typically not all that great to eat at. If you are on the west side of Maui near Lahaina or Ka'anapali I will list out some of the places the last 3 visits we found both affordable and delicious. One thing I will add is that if you have never been to Hawaii, plan on just about everything taking twice as long as normal, including restaurant service. The first time we went this took some getting used to. Once you know and plan for it, is not a big deal. Sit back, relax and try not to be in a rush anywhere you go.
Yes yes, I know my URL says top 5 but couldn't find 2 more that compared on the level as these 3 so and sticking with 3 instead of 5 :)
1) Aloha mixed plate (great local food and right on the beach)
If you want a fun, authentic cheap place to eat right on the ocean, Aloha mixed plate will be your best bet. Their plates range from $8-$16. Appetizers there are excellent and affordable. They have amazing Kalua port and the best ribs I've ever had in my life. Their teriyaki chicken is great and each plate comes with 2 giants scoops rice and potato mac salad. Highly recommended
Biggest bang for your buck
2) Leilanis (come hungry)
I've had fish tacos all over the country. The BEST one I've ever had was at Leilanies in whalers village in Lahaina. Their Ono fish taco with chili water is to die for. My wife and I made the mistake of coming here just a couple hours after lunch. Like most places in Hawaii when you order a appetizer its pretty small. We ordered their Beachside nachos with Kalua pork on top and that was almost enough to fill us up by themselves. I didn't bother trying any other their other food because of how amazing their Ono fish tacos were. Make sure to ask for chili water (its not on the menu)
Don't be fooled, they may not look amazin but they are fabulous.
3) Fish Market in Ka'anapali (Tuna........)
If you like fresh caught Ahi (Hawaiian word for Tuna) you will love this place. It looks like a whole in the wall type place, but they have a seared Tuna steak sandwich that is HUGE. Just the sandwich fills me up easily (I'm 6'5" 230 lbs) so quite a large sandwich. The have some great lobster salad mix and great Ahi sashimi (that starts to get on the pricey end)