best restauruants on Kauai?


Jan 9th, 2019, 03:01 PM
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best restauruants on Kauai?

Hoping for recommendations for the best restaurants in Kauai?

not interested in fancy or international cuisine.

looking for 'proper' Hawaiian food: locally owned, locally sourced "only in Hawaii" 'foodie' food

also any particular dishes at each particular restaurant that are a must-try: full meals or just snacks
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Jan 10th, 2019, 10:34 AM
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I have no idea what you mean by "proper" Hawaiian food, and I can't imagine any local using that term. So I'll do my best to give you ideas abut local foods. The usual term for Hawaii food eaten by locals is the "plate lunch." I've seen that term more on Oahu than on Kauai.

Since we always stay in the Koloa/Poipu area, that this my area of expertise. There are additional options in other areas, Kapa'a and Hanalei, for instance.

The fish Market in Lihue has quite a following of locals who stop in for lunch or dinner (all take out). Poke, fresh fish, some salads. It is across the street from the hospital.

In Koloa, there is a also a fish market with similar offerings. There is a window on the side of Sueoka's (a Philippine grocery store) that always has a long
line of locals.

In the "old" Poipu shopping center: Puka Dog.

Poipu: in the "new" shopping center, The shops at Kukuilula: Lanai (right next to Living Foods), a sit-down place with locally-sourced ingredients. Savage Shrimp, formerly a food truck, now a sit-down place in the shopping center; Bubba's, for burgers. Upscale places with local seafood also in the shopping center: Merriman's, and the Dolphin. There is also a Merriman's Downstairs, casual dining, also locally sourced. Another Kauai institution, 1849 Eating House, (a Roy's restaurant) also upscale is also in the shopping center.

We also like Plantation Gardens, fresh local fish and locally sourced vegetables. Lovely setting in a botanical garden.

On the beach at Poipu State Park,, Brenneke's Broiler, a local institution with perfectly cooked fish, also excellent salads.

In Waimea, The Shrimp Station.

In HanaPepe try out Grandma's for Japanese food.

Enjoy your time on Kauai. We are headed there soon for a month.

Best Special Occasion Restaurant, Red Salt.

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Jan 10th, 2019, 11:01 AM
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by "proper" Hawaiian food, i mean legitimate; authentic - no paninis, burgers, italian food, etc that can be found in every other city in every other state...unless they do some sort of good hawaiian twist on it
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What area will you be staying in?

Hamura's Saimin (in Lihue) would be at the top of my list. I'd second Mark's Place and the Shrimp Station (Waimea and Kapaa).

For breakfasts: Tip Top (Lihue) and Kountry Kitchen (Kapaa).

Plate lunches: Pono Market (Kapaa)
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When we go to Kauai’s North Shore, as we will be doing again in early March, we get our car, stop at CostCo, and then have a late lunch (still on CA time). at Shrimp Station. TipTop is on our way home. This trip we will also have a few nights in Poipu, looking forward to trying Grandma’s in Hanapepe.
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we'll (probably) be staying in Kapaa since it's in the middle, which will allow us to explore both north or south more easily, and will make a point of extensively traveling all over the island, so feel free to recommend anything, regardless of where it is on the island!
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