When I was in my early 20s, I returned to Maui to audit Wailuku Agriculture. I think…or was it a hotel? Oh well, not important, the point is I was on Maui, gracing some company with my young auditor presence. I asked my co-worker, Rose, is there anywhere special you’d like to try for dinner? “Chez Paul” she said, with no hesitation. Keep in mind this was pre yelp, foodspotting, twitter, instagram and facebook. We made our dining choices the old fashioned way, word of mouth, literally. Chez Paul was an elegant French bistro with limited seating in an out of the way spot, Oluwalu, a little pullover and snorkel area about 4 miles before Lahaina. It was my first experience with French food, with shells on, cream sauce and a check in the $$$ range. Sadly, Chez Paul is no more; they closed their doors in 2009. On the very bright side, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop has moved in…
On our way home from the all day retail road trip, we stopped at Leoda’s so I could treat da BF to lunch and pie for being such a good sport. Before I could even think about the menu, my mouth dropped open at the decor. Very Martha Stewart, modern mixed with vintage, a ton of wood and metal accents, I loved it. Upcycled vintage Brazilian wood as a colorful wall sculpture, industrial piping holding up a chalkboard menu and mason jars holding spices (I’m so stealing that idea).
We ordered lunch, he had a hot pastrami sandwich and I had the cobb salad. My salad was great with fresh local ingredients, but to be honest, I wish I had ordered a sandwich or the mac n cheese, because the hot food looked so tempting. I was trying to, as it says on the menu, save room for pie. As we were eating, I felt a bit of anxiety because it got busy, there were people in line non-stop. I was worried because we hadn’t ordered our PIE yet.
Not to worry, we got our pie, I had a mini mac nut chocolate praline while he had the regular banana cream. The pie was to die for, delicious. The mini is 3″ and the regular 5″. It was nice to eat these smaller sizes because they look pretty and you get to enjoy yummy crust with nearly each bite. You can order a larger 9″ pie if you call a day ahead. I ordered an apple (with a wonderful crumble on top) and berry to go for the folks and then we hit the road, back to Kihei, with happy tummies.
Our bill was a little over $50 for lunch for two adults, 3 regular pies and 1 mini. Customer service was excellent, very warm, welcoming and friendly. I will be making a regular pie stop (get it? pie stop 🙂 ) on my way out of Lahaina from now on. Leoda’s is owned by the proprietors of Star Noodle and Aloha Mixed Plate and their menu is available online. AMauiBlog also hosted a wonderful guest blog post about Leoda’s if you’d like to read more about this slice of heaven on the west side.