170 Papalaua Street $
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Cuisine: Crepes, Gelato, Coffee Creations
– story by Tara Johnson
As of Wednesday, October 7th, the doors swung wide open at the new Creperie in Lahaina (located in the old Quizno’s space). Stepping inside you are greeted by smiling faces, a bright and cheery atmosphere, and beyond the crepes, a tempting array of fresh-made gelato. For breakfast try the delicious flavors of the “Aloha Sunrise”; Portuguese sausage, eggs, spinach and Swiss cheese on a crepe, which practically disappeared in front of us. “Paradise Found” might be an understatement when attempting to describe the creperie’s delicious fare.
It was exciting to see the crepes being prepared with so much care right before our eyes. The food preparation became an interactive experience as we watched the chef build Loco Moco, a soft crepe stuffed with chopped hamburger, egg, rice and gravy, topped off with a neat scoop of rice and a dollop of gravy. Mmm!
Paradise Found has crepes for your sweet tooth, too, like the Mac-Nutella, filled with the most amazing banana gelato, milk chocolate-hazelnut spread, and macadamia nuts. For parents of keiki, it is refreshing to find a restaurant with a healthy menu to suit all tastes, from Savory crepes to sandwiches, to the Pizza Crepe which made my daughter say “Yum!” after the first bite. Kids love this restaurant!
Breakfast and lunch crepes are even more delicious paired with Paradise Found house blend coffee (for only $1 if you purchase with a crepe), even tastier with a sweet dessert after your meal. As for gelato, handmade flavors such as banana, hazelnut, pineapple, vanilla velvet, and white chocolate-lavender tempt the taste buds.
Just as refreshing is the quick service and the final bill; a satisfying breakfast crepe and coffee only costs approximately $8. For a sweet crepe that can easily be shared with your sweetheart, you’ll find one to suit you from $3.95-$7.95, and one of the delicious savory crepes filled with assorted meats and veggies, served with mixed greens salad, ranges from $5.95-$9.95.
Speaking with owners Bob and Pat Loar and the many talented chefs in the kitchen, it was easy to see they have put so much heart into this restaurant knowing you’ll love crepes as much as they do. Check it out Mon-Fri 7:30am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8am-8pm. Paradise Found is just what we have been waiting for; a new healthy dining concept with a Hawaiian twist, and great value.