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On your visit to Maui’s north shore, be sure to stop for lunch in Paia. This charming little beach town has a variety of fun shops and restaurants, all within walking distance. In between Baldwin Beach and Hookipa Beach Park, you’ll find the center of town where Hana Highway meets Baldwin Avenue. Take some time to stroll along the storefronts and do a little shopping while you check out all the food choices. There’s something for everyone, from seafood to pizza and burgers to vegan and raw foods. Here are a few ideas for a great lunchtime meal:

Paia Fish Market

100 Baldwin Ave. paiafishmarket.com

If you’re looking for fresh fish, this is the place. Since 1989, Paia Fish Market has been serving up quality seafood, salads and more. The menu is varied and the prices are affordable. Each day the fish offerings are listed at the counter, with choices ranging from ono and mahi to opakapaka and salmon. Lunch plates can be prepared charbroiled, Cajun, or sauteed. The fish and chips is nicely portioned, crispy, and well seasoned. The salads are big and full of fresh veggies, and they can be topped with fish or chicken. The market also has a number of appetizers and even serves burgers and pasta. Beverages include beer and wine.

Milagros Food Company

3 Baldwin Ave. milagrosfoodcompany.com

With indoor seating and an outdoor patio dining area, Milagros is right in the middle of all the Paia town action. Serving gourmet southwest food with local ingredients, this family run restaurant combines Maui flavors with freshly made salsas, beans, guacamole, and tasty entrees. You’ll find fresh fish here too, along with Tex-Mex dishes like quesadillas, chimichangas and fajitas. Organic mixed green salads, homemade Spanish rice, and appetizers like black bean nachos with or without carne asada…what else could you ask for? Oh, and don’t forget to try an agave margarita from the tequila bar.

Flatbread Company

89 Hana Hwy. flatbreadcompany.com

Flatbread makes delicious wood-fired pizzas using organic ingredients, free-range meats, and locally farmed produce. Their flatbread is cooked in traditional clay ovens with dough made from 100% organic wheat. You can order it with or without sauce, topped with choices like homemade sausage, kiawe smoked free-range pork shoulder, organic Maui basil pesto, and of course lots of veggies. They even have vegan and gluten free options. The salads are fresh, and you can customize with your choice of veggies and meats. The atmosphere is charming, and there’s a bar with beer on tap.