You are exactly right! This is just what we are after... The local grind. Were staying at a place where we can cook, so hopefully we'll be able to take advantage of some amazing local ingredients. We are not into the 'fancy' food for this trip, so much as we are just getting a good taste of what is local and seasonal. Would love to try some new flavors, which is exactly what I was hoping people would recommend on this post. Any personal favorites we should make a point of trying? ( fish to bring home or dishes to watch for when eating out?). This is my first time on the islands, so I'm excited to try it all!
Yes, we have a kitchen and grill, etc so thats perfect. Thanks! Funny story about the pie. I have read A LOT of threads about this infamous lilikoi pie at hamuras, so will have to try. Also several have mentioned a place in Hanapepe that may rival it so we'll do a taste test. I'll admit I have no idea what a lilikoi is...haha. Guess I should look it up. Or maybe let it be a surprise :)
Thanks guys. I realize Kauai isn't really a foodie destination, but figure there must be a few gems like you mentioned. I'm not looking to have a dinner that will rival Le Bernadin while I'm there, just some decent local chow...LOL. Thanks for the history as well. I have been to a Roys here, but wasn't sure if the island version might be a little different? Maybe we'll check out the Tavern as suggested...
Great, thanks! I'll add those to the list. I've read very mixed reviews on Dolphins, but all the rest are new to me. Make sure to report back after your trip! Sound like you're going right before us :)
Hi Chowhounders! I've been reading through the boards here in preparation for an upcoming trip to Kauai later this month, but feel like I could still use some help. I would love the opinions of some locals or Kauai frequenters on low key, cheaper eats to try. I'm sure there must been some great off the beaten path options! Found lots of info for some nicer dinner recs, but still looking for more on local dines. We will be spending 5 days each in Poipu and Hanalei, so not as interested in the Kapaa/Lihui areas. Any input would be welcome, including specific dish recommendations if you have a favorite. Also, we will have the option to cook where we are staying and will probably do that several times since it is something we love to do, so recs on shopping are also a plus!
Here are some things already on my radar to avoid repetition: Hamura Saimin Koloa fish and farmers markets Joes Sueokas Jojos Island Taco Shrimp station Duanes Ono Char Burger Bubbas Bar Acuda Tahiti Nui Kiluea Fish market Red Hot Mamas