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Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

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Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Aloha from Kaua'i!

Today's Garden Island paper had the yearly supplement for "The Best of Kaua'i" - 8th Annual Reader's Survey - thought I'd post a few random ones that folks might be interested in:

Best Breakfast - Kountry Kitchen

Best Seafood - Fish Hut, Coconut Marketplace

Best Hawaiian Food - Ohana Diner

Best Mexican Food - La Bamba

Best Italian Food - Kaua'i Pasta

Best Japanese Food - Kintaro Japanese Restaurant

Best Chinese Food - Garden Island Barbeque and Chinese Restaurant

Best Vegetarian Food - Papaya's Natural Foods and Cafe

Best Filipino Food - Mama Lucy's Kitchen

Best Coffee House - Starbucks

Best Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream - Lappert's Hawai'i

Best Plate Lunch - Pono Market

Best Pizza - Brick Oven Pizza

Best BBQ - Scotty's Beachside BBQ

Best Steak - The Bull Shed

Best Burger - Duane's Ono-Char Burger

Best North Shore Restaurant - Tahiti Nui

Best South Shore Restaurant - Keoki's Paradise

Best Eastside Restaurant - Fish Hut

Best Westside Restaurant - Wrangler's Steakhouse

Best New Restaurant - The Eastside

Best Romantic Restaurant - The Beach House

Best Outdoor Dining - Duke's Restaurant and Barefoot Bar

Best Desserts - Sweet Marie's Hawai'i, Inc.

Best Bakery - Kaua'i Bakery & Cinnamon

Best Malasadas - Kaua'i Malasadas (also known as the "K-Mart malasada hut")

Best Shave Ice - Jo Jo's Anuenue

Best Cocktails - Tradewinds - A South Seas Bar

Best Restaurant with a View - Duke's

Best Lu'au - Smith's Family Garden Lu'au

Best Locally Made Product - Malie Organics


There were quite a few other categories, but I tried to put some of the ones that I thought would be of the most interest to visitors - again, this is a survey "Best of Kaua'i" - always interesting to see who got what!!

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1. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Just last week, I was talking to local people, who really enjoyed the EAST SIDE.

Quality food and service, live music, and they had a marvelous experience. Live music on the night that they were there.

We will be giving that a try, later next month.


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2. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Interesting list and I would say pretty accurate but there's a few places I have tried. I am hearing good things about Eastside too and promised myself I will try it next time. If anyone goes please report back.

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3. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

I'm a bit surprised that Starbucks was the best "Coffee House". I would have hoped something more "local" would have been given this distinction. I enjoy Starbucks once in awhile, but when I'm visiting Kauai it's probably one of the last places I'll think about going to. That's me though. I suppose it's nice to have some creature comforts from the mainland too.

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4. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

For starters, My vote on coffee is for Java Kai!

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5. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

I'm a little surprised to see The Fish Hut named as the best eastside restaurant.

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6. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Janet, Thanks for posting the list. Will definitely print out and take with us on our upcoming trip (10/17).


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7. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Thanks for posting Janet. What is the Fish Hut?? Ive missed that one I guess.

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8. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Best North Shore Restaurant- Tahiti Nui????????

Don't get me wrong, I love Tahiti Nui, just not for food. The bar is a great local hangout, even without Auntie Louise (RIP).

I guess it all depends on what you mean by "best".

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9. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Interesting.... but I have to disagree with many of the "favorites" listed. We'll have to try Eastside, though.

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10. Re: Some "Best of Kaua'i" picks!

Thanks Janet for posting the list! We will be on Kauai next week for the first time and this list will be quite helpful. I too have been reading a few things about The Eastside...... anyone out there tried it?