I am reading up on the relevant posts, preparing for our March trip. But I can already see that the tips I need don't totally overlap with what has been posted. So please share your advice with me.
My family is travelling to Kauai for about a week,staying on the Eastern shore near the river. We've found on past trips that it makes it easier to see both N and S of the island. We've been 3 times already, but most recently was nearly 4 years ago, so I am sure much has changed.
We are trying hard to keep costs down, so I'm not looking for any "nice" or "spendy" places. I would love, however, a tip on a grocery store that has good value and good choice, so that we can do at least breakfast daily - and maybe 1 other meal sometimes - in our hotel. We don't have a full kitchen though - a micro maybe, fridge, and coffee pot.
Otherwise, please let me know the best lunch/dinner options - on a budget - emphasizing fresh quality ingredients. Parameters I guess would be if we can eat between $30 and $60 per meal, more or less, all included (there are 2 adults 2 kids). We prefer the north shore, and will probably spend more time there than on the south. None of us really like too much processed food, so we'll be staying away from the spam, the mac salad, etc. and focusing on fish and fruit (I hope!) And now, this is a toughie - my older son is allergic to all nuts. So not only must he avoid all the mac and other nuts flying about, but as a family we tend to avoid places where 1/2 the menu is nut encrusted, so that we keep down the likelihood of cross-contamination. Not much of a vacation otherwise.
When we've been to Kauai before, I remember that Brick Oven Pizza, Shrimp Place, Jo Jos shave ice were all ok-very good (S), Tropical Taco long long wait and not awesome, Wishing Well shave ice great (on North), Ono Char burger was yummy, Hamura's Saimin overrated, and there was one diner (I can't recall the name) in Lihue (really run down from the outside) but absolutely delicious and fresh fish inside. Unexpected. I know we went to a lot of places - I just can't recall at this juncture.
Thanks everyone. I promise to post the trip when we return.
Brick Oven Pizza
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