I first noticed a problem with wheat during birthday celebrations at the office. I’d sing and many more to a lovely co-worker, devour 1/3rd of a slice of ono Broke Da Mouth dream cake and shortly after I’d become a headachy and puffy mess.
This type of reaction began to recur, always after a meal including bread or baked goods. My doctor ran some tests and the verdict was in, I had developed a wheat allergy. So I began to eliminate wheat from my diet. At first I thought I’ll just stay away from foods traditionally made with flour. I’m an Okinawan girl who loves sweet potatoes and sushi; how hard it could be? By journaling I soon realized my wheat slip-ups involved some old favorites like pizza and pasta so I began to explore wheat free options. One of my favorite places is located right in Kihei and not only are they wheat free, they are a 100% gluten free restaurant. Maui Brick Oven, I appreciate you!
Maui Brick Oven is a family owned business, which came to be as two of the owners are diagnosed with celiac disease. Lucky for us, they are also chefs who decided to turn their struggle to find a gluten free environment into a blessing for others.
Thin crust pizzas, appetizers, desserts and salads that include local and organic ingredients are all tempting. Last week, I ordered the basil, goat cheese and sun-dried tomato pizza and mac-n-cheese (mmm, mmm, good). The customer service is impeccable. You feel welcome and appreciated when dining there and they are very accommodating with special requests (extra crispy please!). Maui Brick Oven definitely has a neighborhood feel, which I love. They are located near Longs in Kihei and welcome take-out or eat-in customers. You can check out their full menu and hours of operations here.
Please note I do not have celiac disease. My condition is a food allergy so small amounts of wheat on an infrequent basis don’t affect me in an adverse way. I do feature Maui dining posts from time to time that are not gluten-free as Maui Brick Oven is. For me, I can merely ask for certain items to be left out or order a wheat free meal and I’ll be fine. If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, Amanda is a Maui blogger who blogs about “eating gluten free on a rock in the sea” at Gluten Free Maui. Her homemade meals look so yummy and she also writes product reviews.