Dining on Kauai
Deep agricultural roots have positioned Kaua’i as the wellspring for Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, a style based on locally grown and sourced ingredients. Some of the most renowned practitioners have restaurants on the south side at The Shops at Kukui’ula, including Roy Yamaguchi (Eating House 1849) and Peter Merriman (Merriman’s Fish House). Then there are the classic island grinds—manapua and celebrated noodle bowlsfrom Hamura’s Saimin Stand in Lihue, laulau from Koloa Fish Market, gravy-drenched loco moco from the Anahola Café, pokefrom Ishihara Market in Waimea, musubi from everywhere. The food truck scene is at its most vibrant in Kapaa just off the bike path, and the best place to sip distinctive Kaua’i coffee is upcountry at Kalaheo Café & Coffee Co.