Brighter and classier than “tavern” suggests, Mark Ellman’s tiny restaurant overlooking Mala Wharf in Lahaina is perfect. The oceanfront seating lets diners peer down on sea turtles foraging in the surf. The bartenders know their business, and the complimentary edamame guacamole alerts your taste buds that something delicious is about to happen. The multicultural menu offers health-conscious and hedonistic options, from the gado gado (a vegan Indonesian rice dish heaped with sugar-snap peas and coconut peanut sauce), stir-fries, and Greek-style pita wraps to hearty pastas (including a vegetarian mushroom Bolognese) and braised pork shank with mashed purple Molokai sweet potatoes. The daily brunch is among Maui’s tastiest, with local organic eggs served in Benedicts, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and spicy Israeli shakshuka. Note: Brunch and lunch are moderately priced, but many dinner entrees fall under the expensive category. Night owls will appreciate the late-night happy hour from 10pm to midnight daily.