It is safe to say that the east side of Maui, namely the town of Pa’ia, is a vegan mecca. What other town with a population of just over 2600 has three exclusively vegan restaurants and vegan options at almost every restaurant? They are passionate about using local, organic ingredients and you won’t find big chain, tourist trap style restaurants over here. Couple that with an untouched, insanely gorgeous landscape and you have a yourself a vegan paradise.
The trek to Pa’ia from Ka’anapali is not short. It’s a good 45-60 minutes away, but it is a very scenic, peaceful drive (as it is pretty much everywhere on the island). Our first trek was to try Fresh Mint for dinner. It has been touted by many vegans as the best vegan restaurant on the island, so of course we needed to try it. It is vegan Vietnamese food, which historically has not been my favorite cuisine. Fresh Mint gave me a whole new outlook on Vietnamese food. The menu was packed with tempting items, which made it pretty hard to choose.