Best veg option for lunch on northwest Maui
Posted on 01 / 06 / 2012
I had read about this place on happycow, and had stopped in several times during my past two trips to Maui. Here's my Farmers Deli Cafe review.
As soon as we had first pulled into its parking lot, I noticed the freshly painted large signage above the store entrance reading, "Farmers Market." To find healthy vegetarian-friendly food is an exciting adventure since there are so few pure veg options on the entire island of Maui (all the pure veg options are already listed on HappyCow).
Inside the store, there is a large deli area with a few wooden tables for seating. The deli area is where the staff prepare the sandwiches and make the smoothies and vegetable juices.
A little further in is the desserts case, hot foods bar with 6 main entrees, and the salad bar to the side. On the back side of the hot foods bar is the soups station, and next to it, a refrigerated case with salsa, guacamole, dips, potato salad, hummus, and carrot cashew pate containers.
My husband I would get several dishes to share. We've tried the carrot coconut curry soup, the vegetarian bean chili, container of potato dill salad, creamy baked tofu & veggies hot dish (with veganaise), and greens from the salad bar.
After our meal, we'd shopped, and take with us a custom fresh pressed juice and a piece of chocolate cake or dessert.
Overall, the savory food was pretty flavorful and tasty. I especially liked the vegetarian chili. The only thing we both did not like was the chocolate cake. The frosting was way too sugary like someone had accidentally dumped an entire bag of sugar in the mix.
My one complaint about the deli is that the labeling is lacking and vague. The baked goods did not have ingredient labels, and we didn't know which were vegan. The hot foods bar has ingredient labels, but they do not state if a dish is vegan or not. The salad bar has a mock tofu salad, but it does not have the ingredients labeled. Basically, we had to ask the staff just to confirm which ones where suitable for vegans.
Overall, this is a great option for travelers to Maui's northwest shore who want vegetarian food and health foods. We went back to get food here several times. Definitely check it out.