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Old 07-09-2017, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Kapaa, Hawaii
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Da Crack has some good stuff. Anakes Acai in the market to the right of it is good too.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: ShyTown
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For breakfast either Kountry Kitchen in Kapaa - big portions, good food, but lots of tourists so there's often a long wait - or, Tip Top Cafe in Lihue. Very old school, but great breakfasts, local style.

If you want a really good hamburger, try Street Burger in Wailua. Everything is made on the premises, and they use local products as much as possible (i.e. local grass-fed beef). Burgers are BIG and they have lots of different combinations on the menu; they also give you a ton of (delicious) fries. Reservations are recommended there. We also like to stop at Duane's Ono burgers in Anahola (located in the red shack next to the Anahola post office) when we're up that way.

Verde in Kapaa has good Hawaiian-style Mexican food, and lots of people like Paco's Tacos in Kapaa as well. Island Taco out in Waimea is good too if you're out that way.

Hukilau (in Waipouli) for seafood is very good too.

Agree about Hamura's and Mark's Place in Lihue - they're both well worth a stop for local grinds. Island Taco out in Waimea is tasty too if you're out that way.

Best shave ice (IMO) is the TegeTege truck in Kapaa. The original JoJos in Waimea is pretty awesome too.
I ended up eating at Verde one night.


One thing I didn't realize until getting there was how early places seemed to close. I was staying in Kapa'a and for instance, one day I drove up to Ke'e (spelling?) and watched the sun set.


By the time I left it was getting dark and I wanted to return to Verde - I started calling them at 8:40 to place a pick up order knowing I would make it there right at like 8:55 but they wouldn't pick up. I passed them on the way to my place which was right around the corner and I saw they were still open but I figured I wouldn't bother going in to place an order 5 minutes before closing. I had eated there 2 days before and when I walked in at 8:35 they stated I could only order to go. So I took my food to my room and although it was good I knew it probably would have been better eating inside.


I just had so much sightseeing to do that sometimes I missed some of the places I wanted to eat at which was difficult because eating local places I won't experience ever at home is one of the things I enjoy most about traveling. So small lesson learned for next time I come
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:31 AM
 
Location: ShyTown
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Da Crack has some good stuff. Anakes Acai in the market to the right of it is good too.
I had my first acai bowl in Oahu right after this Kauai trip. I will keep Anakes in mind for my next trip there.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:33 AM
 
Location: ShyTown
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NOM burger in Kapa'a food truck is life.

Unfortunately they were closed the one day I went there
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, WI
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I've been in Kauai working for the last 3 weeks and I have never been able to find a seat in Hamura's. There must be a secret code. Even at 2 pm when most restaurants are empty, every seat was filled. Apparently everyone else but me knows how to get a seat......
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:05 PM
 
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#1 burger on the island - Bubba's in the shops at Koloa. It doesn't look fancy at all, but the meat is local, grass-fed and out. of. this. WORLD.


The most basic-looking albeit gourmet-tasting burger you are gonna taste on-island. Not to be missed. Hit Lappert's right down the walk for some freshly made frozen dessert!
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