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Mar 20, 2009 09:40 AM

2 weeks in Kauai...

Big party blow-out with friends in September and will be staying at the St. Regis..looking for good eats around the island..
Aloha and a BIG ol' Mahalo

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  1. I assume that you have checked the many reports on this board. What catches your eye? Also, what types of food, surroundings and price are you open to?

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    1. re: DriverPhil

      Aloha DriverPhil..
      Always love to see your posts!
      I am open to all types of or expensive..been several years ago and did Hamura's Saimin for some of the best saimin I have ever had..stayed at the Grand Hyatt last time..
      Anything they have food trucks on Kauai?

      1. re: Beach Chick

        Mahalo for your kindness. We had only a few memorable moments on Kauai that we would suggest. Of course, Hamura is at the top of our list and you've been there so I need not say more.

        We enjoyed Kintaro in Kapaa. It is Japanese, sushi and hot food is available. Quite a busy place and pricey too. Worth it we thought.

        Hanalei Dolphin was good for lunch with chicken pecking about us. That area around Hanalei is very interesting.

        In the tiny town of Hanapepe we had a really wonderful lunch at the Hanapepe Cafe & Bakery. They have a organic and vegetarian emphasis but meat is on the menu too. Check on hours and days open before you go. The village of Hanapepe is worth a stop too.

        Yes there are food trucks and for some unexplainable reason we stopped at none of them.

        Food is expensive at the grocery stores on Kauai. Shop at Costco if you can.

        Kintaro Japanese Restaurant
        4-370 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746

        Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
        5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

        Hanapepe Cafe
        3830 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Since you asked about trucks, check out the fish taco truck at Anini Beach. The BEST fish tacos and some of the best Mexican food I've ever had! Also, T&T Steakburger truck in Kapaa is totally awesome if you're looking for burgers and fries.

      2. It has been too very long, since we spent much time up on the North Shore. Then, Hanapepe Cafe, per Diver Phil, was quite good. Unfortunately, some very nice spots, not that far away, are now history.

        There was a fairly recent thread on dining up that way. I could not find it, but it was only about 6 mos. ago, IIRC. I did not recognize most of the recs., but that is because of the time, since I was up there.



          1. re: Beach Chick

            My SO reminds me of these:

            Chocolate from the Kauai Chocolate Co. in Port Allen. Small place, in a strip center but we will definitely be going back there for their Chocolate Brick (think layer of dark choc, topped with a layer of macadamia brittle and a truffle-like layer of chocolate fudge). Yes, it was as good as it sounds. Also, an Opili (caramel bottom, topped w a whole mac nut and enrobed in chocolate.

            And some negative words about Brenecke's Beach Broiler which has a very nice location by Poipu Beach. Food for our dinner there was quite ordinary, the service was not 'on' for our night. We will not return.

            We made a much larger mistake by going to the Poipu Beach Broiler. By comparison, Brenecke's was a perfect, gourmet experience. No No No - don't go.

            Kauai Chocolate Company - Yes Yes Yes

            kauai chocolate company
            port allen, kauai, hi

            1. re: DriverPhil

              Aloha DriverPhil..
              The truffles from Kauai Chocolate Co. look out of this world..
              Always get champagne truffles from Paris..lightly dusted but how do I compete with guava and passion fruit truffles..
              This is going to be one hell of a birthday party!

          2. Word has it that the St. Regis may not be re-opening on schedule from it's big renovation and conversion from Princeville Hotel, hopefully you'll be able to get the straight scoop so as not to dissappoint.
            Anyway, Tropical Taco in Hanalei with always fresh and crispy fried or grilled fish, huge and delicious. "X19" homemade hot/spicy salsa if you ask. Duane's Ono (good) Burger in Anahola, da best, try the Local Boy. Last but not least, Kilauea Fish Market's Ahi wraps, oh boy, unbelievably good. Open evenings and byob, they'll provide openers and glasses.

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            1. re: CocoKauai

              Word is that they are scheduled on time but you know how construction projects go..they are projected for a late July opening.
              I am going mid September..if its a problem, we'll head to Grand Hyatt.
              Thanks CocoKauai for the heads up bro!

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Forgot to mention Tropical Dreams for the best gelato around. It's in the same stone building as Kilauea Fish Market but doesn't open till around 2:30 p.m. The lemon gelato is killah.

              2. re: CocoKauai

                We ate the best fish tacos of my life at Kilauea Fish Market. Not lots of seating (none indoors) but a few picnic tables scatttered around. On the Poipo side, don't miss the Koloa Fish Market for plate lunch--I had the freshest grilled ahi in a wasabi cream sauce with salad and mac salad for $7.99, They also do some limited sushi. And the Shrimp Station in Waimea is a great road foodie nirvana---the definitive Coconut Shrimp, but also Thai Chili-lemongrass shrimp, etc. etc.

              3. I think these are the old threads to which Hunt is referring. Let us know how the new Princeville is shaping up. I dread overdevelopment of the north shore. But what can you do but grab paradise where you find it.


                I personally have given up looking for Mexican cuisine on the island, whether it be roach truck or sit-down. Just haven't found decent fare the last five visits.

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                1. re: fresnohotspot

                  Depends on what type of Mexican food you're into. If you like L.A./Mexican style you're in luck. Monico's Taqueria located in the Kinipopo Shopping Village in Wailua has really tasty dishes and huge portions. I especially like their chicken mole. As you're heading north from the airport it's just on the other side of the Shell station.

                  Monicos Taqueria

                  1. re: fresnohotspot

                    Yes, some of the threads on the North Shore are older, but there has been more contemporary discourse in the last year.

                    Unfortunately, not that many folk report on their dining on that area of Kaua`i. Because of the number of requests, I wish it were not true. I'm not sure if these folk drop in for recs. and then forget to followup, once back home, or if the dining scene is bleak.

                    It would also be nice if the locals would bother to report more often, but they do not seem so inclined, for whatever reason.

                    This question has been asked, ever since CH added an Elsewhere in America board, and it's usually the same - people reflect back to the last time that someone posted.

                    The "cure" is for more local "hounds" to post on all sides of each Island.

                    I realize that you do not like my comments, if they are over 15 mins. old. That is your problem. I do not see you filling in the gaps. Maybe it's time for you to step up and start giving more recent reports - maybe every half hour, as things change quickly in the restaurant business.

                    I realize that 6 mos. is too long ago, but then it seems that DiverPhil might have been more recently. Does that work?

                    I see that your links are from Aug. 2008. How can that possibly relate to here and now? Matter of fact, it was those particular threads that I was talking about.