Dining on Kauai
Deep agricultural roots have positioned Kauaʻi 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’s Eating House 1849 and Peter Merriman’s Merriman’s Kauai. Then there are the classic island grinds (eats) — manapua and celebrated noodle bowls from Hamura’s Saimin Stand in Lihue, lau lau from Koloa Fish Market, gravy-drenched loco moco from the Anahola Café, poke from Ishihara Market in Waimea, musubi from everywhere. The food truck scene is at its most vibrant in Kapaʻa just off the bike path and throughout Kōloa town. The best place to sip distinctive Kauaʻi coffee is upcountry at Kalaheo Café & Coffee Co.