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    The Olympic Cafe: Good eats in Kapaa

    by keida84 Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    What a combination--Great food and great views. Located upstairs which overlooks the Ocean on one side of the restaurant and Kuhio Street on the other. Excellent service coupled along with excellent food made this restaurant one we had to go back to before we left the island of Kauai.

    Favorite Dish: First off, if you are ordering lunch or dinner you must try the Hummus appetizer. The pita bread was warm and fresh--a great compliment to the hummus itself.

    You can be very brave and try the chocolate sandwich, my husband ever the chocolate fanatic just had to try it! Ugh too much chocolate for me!

    If you like fish then the Olympic Cafe makes "ono" (great tasting) fish tacos which comes with a grilled banana which was delectable.

    The chicken tenders were great and so was the Avocado, Tomato, bacon sandwhich was was accompanied by a half of a very sweet and delicious pappya.

    But what really gave my husband cause for pause was the size of the coffee mug. A generous tankard of "liquid consciousness" as he likes to call it. Refills were free too!

    The Olympic Cafe is open for breakfast too.

    Fish tacos with grilled banana Now that is a cup of coffee! The chocolate sandwich
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    JoJo's Shave Ice: BEST SHAVE ICE

    by pamstravels Written Feb 3, 2005

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    This is a MUST STOP in Kauai. JoJo's Shave Ice in Waimea is a little hole in the wall shack with plywood doors and duct tape doorknob. But don't let that stop you from enjoying the famous JoJo's shave ice. They have 60 flavors, but I am not sure if that included the combinations as well.

    If you don't know what shave ice is think of a snow cone only 1000 times better. The ice is shaved into packed snow (not ice like a "snow cone") and LOTS of flavored syrup is poored over. The locals like to put icecream in the middle to give it the creamy taste. Sometimes cream is poured on top. My hubby is hooked but I can never finish one.

    There are two benches outside the shop that allow you time to watch the people drive by or you can walk up and down the street as we did and check out a local craft show up the road.

    Favorite Dish: I just preffer one simple flavor while my husband likes to mix it up and add ice cream.

    Jo Jo's Shave Ice
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    Zelo's Beach House: "In a land called Hanalei"

    by clws Written Apr 27, 2004

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    The food and atmosphere here are both great! Although, don't let the name fool you, it is not near a beach. It is located in the town of Hanalei (you know, puff the magic dragon!) They have a very nice variety on their menu and large portions. Very tasty!

    Favorite Dish: I love their beer battered fish and chips! Served nice and hot, and very yummy! Also their coconut shrimp is not to be passed up! For dessert I like the Chocolate Suicide Cake. It is very good. (Not as good as hula pie, but very good).

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    Pupu means appetizers

    by GracesTrips Written Aug 1, 2007

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    This is like a fast food joint but better! The pork lau lau is very good. If you get a plate, it just means your adding a scoop of rice and maybe some lomi lomi (see below). These are small buildings on the side of the road or sometimes in a small shopping strip. Don't expect to find tables and chairs. But that doesn't matter, park yourself in front of the beach and have your pupu. This is an inexpensive way to have a meal and experience the Hawaiian culture.

    Favorite Dish: Lomi Lomi - salmon is cold & diced, tomatoes and onion. Poke - raw ahi (tuna). Lau lau - salt butterfish, beef, chicken or pork wrapped in taro or ti leaves and then steamed. Some other appetizers not sure what they are called - diced up cooked octopus with onions and squid with onions and maybe some kelp? Not sure.

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    Aloha Diner: Real Hawaiian Food

    by cyndyj1 Updated Mar 24, 2004

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    If you would like to try Hawaiian food without all the tourist melodrama you will find in most commercial luaus, this is the place. Aloha Diner is a very small, basic, unpretentious, just what it says - diner (plastic tablecloths, view of the parking lot) - with authentic Hawaiian food that is not very expensive. Yummy.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite is lau lau - pork and fish wrapped in a thick bundle of taro leaves and another layer of ti leaves, then steamed. You eat the taro - it is similar to spinach, but a softer, creamier texture and a richer flavor. The ti leaves are just wrapping - don't eat them. It's really delicious, and I wish I could get it here in Steamboat.

    Also delicious - the kalua pig, pipikaula (Hawaiian style jerky - very different), and the poke.

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    Dolphin Restaurant: next to the river

    by mindcrime Written Nov 29, 2009

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    If you drive north to Hanalei area there is a fish restaurant right next to the river. It’s called the DOLPHIN restaurant and the great thing about it is the lanai next to the calm river where you can see people with canoe passing by!

    It is open daily 11.30-22.00 (the fish market 10.00-19.00) and you can just choose from appetizers (seafood chowder with shrimps, calamari and clams in a white sauce, stuffed mushrooms with garlic, butter bread crumbs and cheese etc) or go for sandwiches with fresh fish, salads, or other plates.

    Dolphin restaurant

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    Papaya's Natural Foods: Groceries and lunch

    by kyoub Written Jul 15, 2004

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    This is a good health food store that also serves veggie lasagna, veggie burgers, and falafels.
    You order at the deli counter on the side of the store, pick up your food and take it to the tables outside.
    After you finish you go back in the store and buy the food supplies that you need to take home.

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    Toi's Thai Kitchen: Curry

    by kyoub Written Jul 15, 2004

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    Toi's Thai Kitchen was one of our favorite places to eat while we were on Kauai.
    The food was very good, the service quite friendly, and it wasn't hard to get there.
    They are located in the Ele'ele Shopping Center, on the right side as you go in the parking lot.
    Thee is a grocery store in the same shopping center if you need supplies.

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    Duke's: Awesome Seafood, Beautiful View!

    by clws Updated Apr 27, 2004

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    Wonderful food, nice variety! Seafood, steak, chicken, all awesome! Best salad bar on the island. Drinks are great and the Hula Pie is out of this world! It is A huge slice of macadamia nut icecream in a cookie crust topped with hot fudge, macadamia nuts, and whipped cream! Atmosphere is very romantic, with great views! They also have a barefoot bar below with some great tables by an indoor waterfall!

    Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Grilled Ahi! And for dessert, doesn't get any better than Hula Pie!

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    Beach House Restaurant: Our Most Romantic Meal on Kauai

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    When Karen's daughter, Laura, and her new husband, Brian, visited Kauai on their honeymoon in June they came back raving about the Beach House Restaurant. So we planned one of our days on the island to be at the Beach House about an hour before sunset for dinner. The place was packed, and reservations are strongly recommended. Our table was one back from the oceanfront but still afforded a splendid view of the beach and the sunset through the coconut palms. The service was attentive and the food was the best we had on Kauai. We considered it the most romantic evening of our nine-day vacation.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered two different seafood dishes and shared. Both were excellent. Since it was splurge night we topped it off with the Molten Chocolate Desire. Yummy!

    Beach House Restaurant View from the Beach Beach House Restaurant Karen at the Entrance to Beach House Restaurant Sunset from our Table at Beach House Restaurant
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    Cccafe Coco: Vegetarian

    by kyoub Written Jul 15, 2004

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    Tucked away on the east shore, they serve delicious food. They are always serving someting different here.
    Is has outside setting and the mosquitos are bad sometimes. They do have citronelle filled pots to light to keep them away.

    Favorite Dish: Daily specials
    I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got frequent flyer miles for eating here.

    Table for two
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    Waipouli Restaurant: Eat Cheap with the Locals

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    We were drawn to this restaurant by the inexpensive breakfast we saw advertised on a local television station. It is located in a simple storefront in a strip mall, and obviously caters more to locals than to tourists. It was a great place to enjoy a hearty inexpensive meal and also to soak up a little local flavor. If I spent a lot of time on Kauai I would eat here often.

    Favorite Dish: I experienced a breakfast first for me: eggs with hamburger steak, rice and gravy. It was tasty, filling and served with a iced tea and a smile.

    Karen at Waipouli Restaurant Another View of Waipouli Restaurant
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  • MEMA'S: THAI FOOD - YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by KauaiFinn Written May 29, 2005

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    BYOB (they do not have a liquor license) (which only benefits you in the case that if you do prefer drinks with your meal, it wont take up half the tab)

    PRIMARILY: My GOODNESS.... Either they put some addictive drug into their food, or their food is simply IRRESISTABLE --- I simply can't have enough!!!!!

    Service::..... Not premere.... But the COST & QUALITY of food is to DIE for and the atmosphere is just fine.

    If you are a Thai food lover as I am: THIS IS THE PLACE. This is my absolute FAVORITE restaraunt on the island.

    Favorite Dish: EVIL JUNGLE PRINCE = EXCELLENT

    The HOUSE CURRY is also EXCELLENT

    In fact..... I don't think there is an item on the menu that i have not found to be excellent. But, i prefer the 2 listed above. (If it aint broke, dont fx it -- thus: i only order those 2 dishes)

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    The Galleria Oceanfront: Sheraton Kauai

    by kyoub Written Jun 17, 2004

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    We had a Christmas Dinner Buffet here last Christmas.
    The food was very good, service exceptional, and the dining room overlooked the beach and ocean.

    Favorite Dish: Seafood of all kinds, meat dishes, tons of veggies for me, and a huge dessert table.

    Aloha
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    Beach House: Great Food! Great Views!

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    What a beautiful location this restaurant has. I don't think you can put a building closer to the beach than this one is. No windows from floor to ceiling, you can just walk right on out from the dining area to the beach. A nice grassy area to stand on if you want those gorgeous sunset pictures. I really enjoyed dining here.

    Favorite Dish: Shared the Watermelon Salad to start. It was very good! I had the Kauai Duet - OMG, this was fantastic! crab topped fish (the fish is whatever happens to be purchased that day) with seared scallops! Yum! My boyfriend had the Macadamia Nut Crusted Island Catch which is also whatever fish that happens to be purchased that day. I had a bite - it was also very good!

    Kauai Duet Me enjoying the moment
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