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Dining out in Kauai Hawaii

By Edited Feb 20, 2016 0 0

Although Kauai is small and less developed than Maui or the Big Island, there are still plenty of great places to eat on the island. From mom-and-pop saimin stands to four-diamond restaurants where the views are as impressive as the food, Kauai has something for every taste.

Much of the island is still used for agriculture, so your meal will likely feature local produce. Sweet onions, pineapples, and other fresh fruits and vegetables are integral to the local cuisine, as is perfectly fresh seafood. Mahi mahi, ono, and ahi tuna are available everywhere, grilled, blackened, and sautéed.

The Beach House and Keoki's Paradise in Poipu, Hanalei Dolphin, and Duke's on Kalapaki Bay all have excellent seafood. For something unusual and delicious, head for Hanalei and order a seafood moqueca at Neida's Salsa and Samba. It's a Brazilian stew made with coconut milk.

Shrimp on Kauai is really good and two of the best places to get it are Savage Shrimp and Shrimp Station. The first is a food truck that's usually parked past the roundabout on the way to Spouting Horn. You can have your shrimp with garlic, cajun spices, or coconut milk. Any way is delicious.

Shrimp Station is on the main drag in Waimea town. The fried coconut shrimp is famously good, and there's also great fish and chips.

If you like your fish a little rarer, Kintaro has some of the best sushi and Japanese food.

If it's a burger you want, try Duane's Ono Char in Anahola. And for the best hot dog, ever go to Puka Dog in the Poipu Village Shopping Center. Get yours with pineapple relish and jalapeno sauce.

Kalua pork is extremely popular, and you'll find it in sandwiches, on its own, and even as a topping for nachos. Don't knock it until you're tried it. And for a truly authentic Hawaii experience, get a plate lunch from Hamura saimin. Whichever plate you get, be sure to save room for lilikoi pie.

Another specialty of the Hawaiian Islands is shave ice, know as a snow cone in most other parts of the country. There are shave ice stands all over Kauai, but the best are Wishing Well in Hanalei and JoJo's in Waimea.

Although Hawaii's not really know for its pizza, you can get a good one at Brick Oven Pizza in Kalaheo. And there are several great Italian restaurants, including Dondero's, Portofino Café, Pomodoro, Casa di Amici, and Hanapepe Café, which is especially appealing on Friday nights when it's art gallery.

At least one night of your trip, you should make a meal out of appetizers. With Cucumber Mojitos, Ahi Tuna Tacos, and Jerk Chicken Satay, the Plantation House at Kiahuna Plantation is a great place for this. Bar Acuda in Hanalei and Roy's in Poipu Village also have a fantastic selection of starters.

You can get a well-made cocktail at numerous places on Kauai. For our money, the best come with a view, and the Point at the Sheraton takes the prize, especially at sunset.

Whether you want a four-star, fine-dining experience or a typical Hawaiian meal, you'll find plenty of opportunities to eat well on Kauai.

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