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If you're big on breakfast, try Kountry Kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch items until 1:30 pm daily. Across the street from the library in Kapaa, this family-friendly restaurant has a sunny interior, and a cozy, greasy-spoon atmosphere with friendly service. It is a great spot for omelets, banana pancakes, and eggs Benedict in two sizes. Lunch selections include sandwiches, burgers, and loco mocos (a popular local rice, beef, gravy, and eggs concoction). Take-out orders are also available. www.kountrykitchenfamrest.com. Credit cards accepted. No dinner.
The healthful choices and cross-cultural flavors on Kukui's menu are well matched with its casual, open-air setting. The meals have hints of Hawaiian, Asian, and contemporary American cuisines. Slow-roasted prime rib, fresh catch, penne pasta with salmon, and a surf-and-turf option are representative of the well-rounded fare. An extensive breakfast buffet ($23.95) is offered every morning, or choose from the à la carte menu. Newly renovated with a modern theme in 2009, there is also now a hip sushi bar called Toro Tei—try "da spida roll," a crispy fried shrimp roll with crab, cucumber, sprouts, and avocado. You can also order from the bar menu. kukuiskauaimarriott.com. Credit cards accepted.
This bakery has garnered tons of well-deserved good press for its starter of Hawaiian sourdough made with guava as well as its specialty pizzas topped with such yummy ingredients as smoked ono (a Hawaiian fish), Gorgonzola-rosemary sauce, barbecued chicken, goat cheese, and chipotle peppers. Open from 6:30 am, the bakery serves coffee drinks, delicious fresh pastries, bagels, and breads in the morning. Late risers beware: breads and pastries sell out quickly on weekends. Pizza, soup, and salads can be ordered for lunch or dinner. If you want to hang out or do the Wi-Fi coffee shop bit in Kilauea, this is the place. A cute courtyard with covered tables is a pleasant place to linger. Credit cards accepted.
This simple yet elegant establishment offers some of the best Italian food on the island at moderate prices. Their specials are delicious, and their 10-inch pizzettas make a fine meal for one. The adjacent and chic KP Lounge stays open late, offering a handsome hideout for tasty appetizers such as vine-ripened tomato bruschetta and crispy calamari with togarashi and soy-lemon aioli. Their signature drink menu has a few gems, including a rosemary and ginger margarita, and a basil and coconut mojito. There's a branch in Lihue that also serves lunch and dinner. www.kauaipasta.com.
Built to resemble a dockside boathouse, this active, boisterous place fills up quickly at night thanks to the live music. Seafood appetizers span the tide from sashimi to Thai shrimp sticks, crab cakes, and potstickers. The day's fresh catch is available in half a dozen styles and sauces. And there is prime rib, filet mignon, pork porterhouse, and teriyaki top sirloin for the committed carnivore. You can add lobster or shrimp to any meat dish for a reasonable fare. A lighter menu is available at the bar for lunch and dinner. www.keokisparadise.com. Credit cards accepted.
Savor an artful meal created by world-renowned chef Jean-Gorges Vongerichten, surrounded by a dramatic Hanalei Bay scene. Located at the luxurious St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai Grill has dark wood decor and an ornate chandelier, the centerpiece of the room. The attention here is on the flavors of robust meat and local, fresh seafood. Most dishes are plainly grilled, accompanied by exotic sauces and condiments. The specials change frequently and use as many Hawaiian-grown ingredients as possible. Expect attentive service with the feel of an exclusive nightclub, and an expertly created meal. A vegetarian menu is available. www.kauaigrill.com. Reservations essential. Credit cards accepted. No lunch. Closed Sun.--Mon.
Hit the original Kalapaki Joe's down in Nawiliwili for happy hour and enjoy 25¢ wings and $3 fish tacos at this well-situated sports bar. Whoop it up with the crowd of locals and tourists watching everything from football to rugby on strategically placed TVs. Stay for dinner to have generous portions of sports bars fare, plus local fish dishes including an excellent seared ahi sashimi plate, and take in the postcard-perfect view of Kalapaki Bay.
Right off the highway in Kalaheo, locals love this café, especially for breakfast. It's a casual atmosphere, except on weekend mornings when it can get very busy. Order up front and then find a seat inside or out on the lanai. Favorites include the Kahili Breakfast, scrambled eggs served with Portuguese sausage, ham, and green onions; and the Longboard sandwich, with fried egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and melted provolone cheese. Lots of local products are used here, including Anahola Granola, local fish and Kauai coffee, which you can buy by the pound. They are again serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday nights. www.kalaheo.com. Credit cards accepted.
This spacious, low-key restaurant serves hearty fare, with dinner specials such as lobster and Slavonic steak, a broiled sliced tenderloin dipped in buttery wine sauce. The grilled cajun-style prime rib is also pretty good. On sunny afternoons, ask for a table on the lanai overlooking Kalapaki Bay and try one of the generous salads. The upstairs section is currently only available for private events, but you can still eat at the restaurant's lower level, which is open-air and casual. JJ's is a relaxed place to enjoy lunch, dinner, or just sit at the bar for a drink, with one of the best ocean views in Lihue. www.jjsbroiler.com. Credit cards accepted.
Eat an open-air breakfast or lunch with an expansive vista of Poipu. Located on the Kiahuna Golf Course, this restaurant boasts such favorites as eggs Benedict, tofu scramble, and banana-macadamia-nut pancakes. For lunch, try the Reuben sandwich or ribs, or build your own salad. The small plates menu and happy-hour drink specials are available from 3 to 7, including favorites such as herb and garlic chicken skewers, seared fish tacos, and homemade chili nachos, all accompanied by live Hawaiian music. With a casual atmosphere and generous portions, Joe's is a refreshing alternative to the pricier hotel brunch venues in this area. www.joesonthegreen.com. Credit cards accepted. No dinner.
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