Maui’s Best Greasy Spoon Diners – HOP To It

Maui has some of the best high-end foods in all of Hawai’i. From Hali’Maile General Store to The Millhouse to Morimoto’s, if you want a wonderful, romantic meal, Maui has you covered. But sometimes, you just want greasy comfort food. It’s OK. We totally get it! For greasy spoon diner food, Maui once again has you covered. It’s somewhat telling that only one of the locations listed here has a website. Here are five greasy spoons, listed alphabetically, that we recommend you try if you just want a quick, tasty breakfast with no hassle or pretense.

CJ’s Deli and Diner (Ka’anapali)
A classic diner, CJ’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Tucked away in the Fairway Shops at Ka’anapali, CJ’s also provides boxed lunches, in a cooler, if you’re having a beach day or driving to Hana. But, CJ’s is known for their breakfasts. Serving everything from “All-American” plates with eggs, pancakes and bacon or sausage to loco moco with a half-pound hamburger patty (quite the gut bomb for breakfast!) to Hawaiian sweet bread French toast. Plus they have an assortment of fruit plates and healthier fare. Unusual for a greasy spoon diner, they also have gluten-free and vegetarian menus. (CJ’s Deli and Diner)

Jack’s Inn (Kahului)
Back in the day, we wouldn’t eat at Jack’s more than a couple of times a year due to the ever-present cigarette smoke. It was that kind of place. Now, however, with no smoking ordinances in place, we eat at Jack’s at least once a month. The loco moco over fried rice is to die for. Jack’s is the ultimate, old-school Maui breakfast joint. Beyond breakfast, it’s known for its oxtail soup and saimin. If you want one last taste of classic Hawaii before headed off the island, we recommend you swing by Jack’s Inn. It’s less than 10 minutes from the airport. Open from 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM Monday – Saturday, closed on Sunday. (Jack’s Inn)

Sheik’s (Kahului)
Sheik’s opened in 1968 and has been serving up greasy spoon classics like hamburgers, fried chicken and hot dogs since day one. Beyond the classics, though, Sheik’s serves up surprisingly good Hawaiian plates. The breaded teriyaki is probably the best on all of Maui. The saimin and chow fun are also quite good. As for breakfast, it’s not an expansive menu, but they serve typical breakfast plates plus a 4-scoop serving of excellent fried rice. With linoleum tables and vinyl booths, Sheik’s certainly plays the part of the beloved greasy spoon diner. (Sheik’s)

Sunrise Cafe (Lahaina)
On Front Street, where it seems like everything is aimed at deep-pocketed visitors, Sunrise Cafe stands out. It’s our favorite hole-in-the-wall diner in Lahaina. The menu is expansive and affordable and the food is good and plentiful. Sunrise Cafe is known for its loco moco. Considering the time difference here on Maui, we’re a little surprised more places don’t open early for breakfast, but Sunrise opens its doors at 6:00 AM. Sunrise Cafe is cash only. (Sunrise Cafe)

Tasty Crust (Wailuku)
Seen from the outside, it screams “old school diner!” Seen from the inside, it screams it even louder. Tasty Crust would be right at home in a Quentin Tarantino movie. It has greasy spoon roots and is proud of it. The service is fast and friendly and the food is filling and, well, tastes OK. Look, it’s not going to blow your socks off, but if you want breakfast done right, Tasty Crust delivers. They are open for breakfast at 6:00 AM every day and remain open all day for dinner except for Monday, when they close at 3:00 PM. Cash only. (Tasty Crust)

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