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cheap but good food on kauai

anyone know where to eat good, local, and inexpensively on kauai? The best food is the cheapest.

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  1. There is a great saimin house -- I think it's called the Saimin House -- that's cheap and really good. They have a shave ice concession on the side when they feel like running it. It's in a downtown, industrial part of town, and it's a lunch counter operation. Sorry I can't remember more, but it's worth asking the locals about.

    1. The saimin place that bards is talking about is called Hamura's Saimin. It is located off of Rice Street, on a side street called Kress Street. This place packs up...
      Right around the corner from hamura's is Barbeque Inn which serves teri burgers, sandwiches and also dinner foods and includes dessert and salad, I think.
      Also on Rice Street is Garden Isle Barbecue and is a Chinese restaurant with tons of options.
      On the West Side you can eat at Toi's Thai for pretty cheap, with salad and dessert included. The restaurant will be closed for reno until 12/10.
      In Wailua there is the wailua family restaurant which offers all you can eat for cheap prices. Up the street in Kapaa is Kountry Kitchen which has really good and filling breakfasts. Joe's on the Green is also inexpensive for breakfast.
      You can also try one of the many fish stands/markets for takeout fish or poke.

      Hope I helped!

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      1. re: Mag454

        Had dinner at Toi's Thai last night. Wonderful food: green papaya salad, beef panang, pad thai. All really delicious, especially the panang and salad. Prices higher than on the mainland, but very good value for the price. Would go again.
        Puka Dog (Poipu) is a great value. Delicious dogs in a surround-bun w/ interesting sauces. Great lemonade.
        Lihue Barbeque Inn is another great deal. Had the pork and cabbage -- soooo delicious! Complete dinner: soup, entree, drink, dessert for $13!
        Tip Top restaurant for breakfast. Just okay cheap eats.

      2. Hamura's Saimin...Da Kine bro

        1. Can't beat Sueoka"s take-out window for great burgers and plate lunch. Located on the side of Sueoka's grocery right in Koloa town. Very reasonable!!

          1. Along with Hamura Saimin:
            JoJo's (two locations in Waimea) for great shave ice
            Korean BBQ (actual name of the restaurant) in Kapaa. Good quality bbq meat.
            Mark's Place near the Costco, maybe the best plate lunch in Kauai.
            Lihue BBQ Inn, good seafood choices.

            1. I found the Olympic Cafe in Kapaa to be one of the best values on the island. Good food, generous portions and affordable.

              1. I second Hamura's Saimin (delicious saimin and chicken sticks. Skip the pie.), Lihue BBQ Inn and Mark's Place (tho we went to the other location)
                Other good deals, delicious food:
                Hanalei gourmet
                Wishing Well shave ice (skip Paradise shave Ice and Bubba's burgers)
                Duane's Ono Burger in Kapaa
                ***Kilauea Fish Market*** (Ahi wrap is the best!)
                JoJo's Shave Ice in Wailua (go to the one around the corner from the hwy)
                Shrimp Shack in Wailua (I think)

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                1. re: labkfoodie

                  Jojo's and Shrimp Station are both in Waimea, NOT Wailua.

                  1. re: labkfoodie

                    Duane's Ono Burger might be the most overrated food establishment in HI. We stopped by around 11:30 am and there were approx 12 people either seated or waiting for food. It took them over 30 minnutes to cook approx 10 orders, and remember the burgers are about McD thin, could grill them in less than 3 minutes...it must have taken them the other 27 minutes to fry some precooked fries. Very overrated burgers to say the least and to wait was crazy. While we waited at least 5 groups of people did not order when the woman taking orders told them it would be at least 45 minutes. I know the folks in HI are laid back but this is nuts. They would be out of business in 30 days anywhere else.

                  2. in kalaheo, i lLOVE the camphouse grill for burgers, chicken sandwiches, delcious pie and even breakfast. but the burgers and chicken sands are great. also brickoven pizza nearby isn't bad.

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                    1. re: jay 1

                      Camphouse Grill closed a few months ago- maybe in July??? So far nothing has moved in.

                      I am not a fan of Brickover. It is WAY too expensive for me and I think the pizza is only so-so. My friends went there recently and said that the pizza isn't as good as it was. Rumor is that the new owners don't buy the same high quality ingredients and thus the pizza is downhill. Some people say it is as good as it was, but who knows? I haven't been there in over a year.

                    2. If you simply wanted to eat in, I'll tell you of a great new service that we used around Thanksgiving 2008, www.ponofoods.com They were great and if you prefer online shopping & delivery of all your groceries.....they'll deliver right to your condo or hotel! We've used them a few times now and they are an outstanding shopping and delivery service!

                      1. Good, LOCAL and inexpensive? I've been here for about 10 days and the sunshine markets are by far the best way to eat locally (http://www.kauai.gov/Default.aspx?tab... for a schedule, followed by local markets. Papaya's natural foods markets have lots of local food, and the deli at Ishihara's market in Waimea is wonderful!