The old Chez Paul location in Olowalu is thriving as Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop, harkening back to the days when grandma made the best comfort foods from scratch.
"Pies are our signature, of course, and they're great for the holidays," says its Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon, who runs the parent company's popular Star Noodle in Lahaina as well. "We offer sweet as well as savory versions in 3-inch handheld and 5-inch sizes. If you want to get a larger pie, you need to call us at least 24 hours ahead."
The crusts are flaky and golden and fillings pop with flavors such as coconut cream, berry, pumpkin, classic banana cream, apple crumb, yuzu lemon and macadamia nut chocolate praline.
“Best Chef on Maui” in 2011 Sheldon Simeon showcases a 5-inch banana cream pie as well as a yuzu-lemon tart.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Savory pies take you back to the ol' pot pie days with meat and potatoes, consisting of braised short ribs in red-wine demi with russet potatoes and creamy horseradish; and chicken with peas, carrots, kale and veloute (white sauce).
"We also bake four types of bread here, including rye, butter white, seasonal whole grain and hapa, which is white and wheat," says the chef. "You may order whole loaves or enjoy them as sandwiches. We even bake our own signature potato buns for burgers such as the patty melt."
Simeon and a team of other chefs were flown to Ann Arbor, Mich., to the famous Zingerman Bakery to learn all about bread baking. The loaves are truly world class and available daily.
"We are totally stoked to offer these fresh breads, and we're very proud of the product."
Savor sandwiches such as pastrami, spicy tuna, club and seared ahi. Hot dogs even come on house-made buns with Eisgenberg gourmet all beef dogs and poha-berry mustard. Crunch fresh salads from Caesar to Cobb. About 90 percent of the products come from Maui. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more details, call Leoda's at 662-3600.