I promised myself I would try this newly opened "restaurant" this trip if I could. Well I did today, and I was sure glad I made the turnoff.
Common Grounds is new spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch on the North Shore amid a beautiful setting. First of all the location is a bit off the beaten track. It used to be the old Guava Kai Plantation. There's a large sign on the highway and you drive to the end of the road. The parking lot was packed which is a good sign for this place. You walk up to a window and to the right are many tables. It is perfect for a large group because they have quite large tables. If you are in a hurry don't come here. I waited about 10 minutes in line and another 15 for my lunch. I walked around the beautiful grounds while waiting. It is so North Shore of Kauai. I can't explain it any other way. It is laid back, tropical, and all the ingredients are fresh and some organic. I had a steak sandwich, these absolutely yummy fries made out of purple sweet potatoes (they add fresh ginger and sea salt and I am telling you they were delish) plus a small salad and all that for under $10. They make a good fish taco according to the local lady I was talking to in line. There were many locals and visitors alike enjoying the day. I saw one table had brought their own bottle of wine.
I think this stop for lunch (and they are open for breakfast and I plan on trying it) is a new must do on the North Shore. Maybe try the mini golf and then lunch????
PS I had "dinner" at Tropical Dreams. Dan, the owner, says hi to all the nice people on TA and he WILL be moving to Kapaa soon.