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Kauai bound for the Holidays - need suggestions please

eliciare Nov 27, 2006 11:15 PM

We're headed out to Kauai for the Xmas holiday with the family.
We have my sister's two young kids traveling with - so I don't think we'll be too welcome at any fancy joints - so we'd like to keep it both reasonable and also family friendly. Open to suggestions for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I know that avoiding spam may be futile - but I'd like to try.


  1. trixel Dec 11, 2006 06:54 PM

    I'd recommend the Tip Top Motel in Lihue. They have amazing banana macadamia nut pancakes.

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      mnadel Dec 1, 2006 09:31 PM

      For breakfast (or breakfast food anytime), try Eggbert's, which I think was in Kapaa. Excellent pancakes.

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        ColoradoFun Dec 1, 2006 07:26 PM

        I second the rec for Ono's if you are near Kapaa. Great pancakes!

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        1. re: ColoradoFun
          luvness746 Dec 5, 2006 10:17 PM

          I third the recommendation for Ono's too...great food and smoothies!

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          tubman Dec 1, 2006 06:14 PM

          Breakfast: Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa. Macadamia nut pancakes...mmmmmm...

          1. Paladar Nov 30, 2006 04:04 AM

            We went to Kauai in July this year. I second the recommendation on Hamura's Saimin. The udon, saimin and chicken teriyaki sticks were all incredible. The place, well frankly, it's a dump. A dump with character mind you. It was packed so we got ours to go, took it to the beach and had a great and memorable meal.

            The other really blow away (and inexpensive) meal was Mermaid Cafe. It's a walk-up window at 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy near 581. The ahi wrap was to die for -- spring for the extra couple of bucks that the fresh ahi costs. It's so worth it.

            Lastly, do not eat at Poipu Burgers, it's not worth your while.

            1. sidesalad Nov 30, 2006 03:13 AM

              Omoide Deli and Bakery (connected to Wong's Chinese Restaurant) in Hanapepe has some great local and chinese food. They have a great bakery as well. I think the Lilikoi Chiffon pie is better at Omoide than at Hamura saimin.
              It's not a fancy place at all and locals travel from far to have the Chinese Roast pork.

              If you're up for ice cream and cookies head across the street from Omoide and go for the original Lappert's Ice cream and then to Kauai Kookie for some of their great cookies and jams.

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                OneJayneDoe Nov 27, 2006 11:45 PM

                Try Aussie Tim's. Their Burnt Ends Chili is to die for!

                Aussie Tim's Texas Barbeque
                4-361 Kuhio Highway
                Kapaa, HI 96746
                (808) 822-0300

                And here is a link to many other spots for you to try.

                1. monku Nov 27, 2006 11:39 PM

                  Hamura's Saimin in Lihue. World famous for saimin and their lilikoi chiffon pie.
                  Expect a line-favorite for locals and tourists.


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                  1. re: monku
                    hopkid Dec 11, 2006 11:29 PM

                    Definitely save room for the lilikoi chiffon pie!

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