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Best Lunch Places on Kauai

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Many individuals consider the Hawaiian Islands to be paradise on earth. The beautiful sunsets, fantastic weather, and the aloha spirit within the local community are initially what attract travelers year-round, but the local cuisine and artistry of food is the hidden gem that makes them want to stay. Next time you are
on the island of Kauai, take a moment to slow down and enjoy these top-rated lunch spots.

Hanalei Poke, Hanalei
Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives, Hanalei Poke is known for having the best poke on the island of Kauai. The owner and chef, Jeremy Burwell, catches fresh local fish and utilizes it in creative ways putting a spin on the classic and more traditional poke dishes that locals love. Some of
the more unique combinations include tuna, mango, spicy mayonnaise, and macadamia nuts. If you are in the area, it is a must try.

Kickshaws, Food Truck- Location Varies
Kauai isn’t complete without a good food truck. These are popular amongst the locals and usually offer a cheap quick meal in generous portions. The chef at Kickshaws have taken traditional meal items that you know and love, such as burgers and pork sandwiches, and elevated it with wholesome ingredients and a local flare to include toppings such as coconut sriracha, a house made Manchego-gouda cheese sauce, and jackfruit. The menu is small, but it packs a punch and is worth a try.

Lava Lava Beach Club, Kapaa
If you are looking for a spot to sit down and relax and have the option for a mixed drink and a late lunch, Lava Lava Beach Club may just be the perfect place. It is located right on the beach and offers plenty of outdoor seating so you can enjoy the ocean views and soak up some sunshine from happy hour well into the evening. They have a variety of food options to include fish tacos, poke nachos, pizzas, and plenty of vegetarian options for those that desire. The atmosphere and views that this restaurant has is unique compared to other ocean view restaurants as it offers lawn games, beachside seating, and live music towards the evening hours.

Kalaheo Café & Coffee Company, Kalaheo
This is such a cute little sit-down café that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to meet the needs and wants from all people in your party. At this café you order at the counter and then grab a table and the food is brought out to you. It offers everything from pastries, omelets, soups, salads, sandwiches, and yummy desserts. Everything one would hope for at a café!

Fresh Bite Kauai, Hanalei
If you are a foodie who loves supporting farm to table businesses, Fresh Bite Kauai is not to be missed. The chef makes wraps, bowls, and salads with an option for ice cream for dessert. It is an easy on-the-go meal for someone that is trying to remain health conscious and get a hearty portion of food. Although it is a food truck and not a traditional restaurant, there are plenty of picnic tables nearby to sit in the shade while you snack on your meal.

Kauai is a foodie’s paradise and offers such a wide variety of food; from fresh seafood to gourmet burgers, and healthy salads, the options are endless.

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