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Kauai report

norman | Jul 14, 2005 06:41 PM

thank you for everyone's prior postings!

i went to Kauai for the first time and i tried to stick to where the locals ate, here's a report of what i ate:

Hamura Saimin Stand -- got the combo saimin, 1 beef and 1 chicken skewer, and a slice of lillikoi pie; everything was good and the pie was excellent, very light and fluffy; one quibble is that the bowls for the saimin don't have a lot of broth

Polynesia Cafe -- had dinner here, got the kalua pig combo dinner and wife got the sesame chicken (deep fried chicken w/curry batter), both plates were very good

Ara Sakana-Ya -- on our way to the Sprouting Horn or whatever its called, stopped by for some poke and a lunch plate to share; the shoyu ahi poke was ok but he put in too many onions; the lau lau plate lunch was good

Fish Express -- stopped by for some more poke, got the limu poke and kona crab poke; i think this place is better than ara's, they gave more fish and ara's doesn't have limu poke, which is my favorite; the kona crab poke was also delicious

Shrimp Truck -- after seeing Sprouting Horn (which is definitely not a must-see) we were driving back and saw a shrimp truck on the side of the road offering garlic shrimp and brazilian garlic shrimp; for $10 got a plate of garlic shrimp; once again, very tasty; but i felt the effects all day as they use too much margarine

Princeville Cafe (i think this is the name, its in the princeville shopping center behind CJ's) -- this place was horrible, ordered some fish and chips and it was just like getting some frozen fish sticks on your plate that they just stuck in the deep frier

Bubba's Burgers (i think this is the name, its across the street from the Ching Young village) -- decent, cheap burger; only around $5

House of Noodles -- my wife got a saimin here and she preferred the broth here over Hamura Saimin Stand, but liked the noodles at Hamura better; i got a kailua pig sandwich, the pork was very dry, but came on a delicious bun and was cured by some mayonaise

Pono Market -- a couple doors down, this place serves plate lunches and if you don't get there early, they sell out fast; they have a daily menu and the day i went i got the stuffed chicken lunch plate which was very good

Hanamalulu Cafe, Tea House and Restaurant -- this was my favorite restaurant on Kauai for dinner; they have great crispy fried shrimp, the fried chicken, which is also their speciality, was pretty good also; i got a chinese lunch plate for dinner which includes, kao yuk or char shiu, chop suey, fried chicken, fried shrimp, won ton, and shrimp; my wife got a japanese plate with tempura and chicken teriyaki; everything was surpringly good and reasonably priced; they also have the best guava ice cream (way better than Lappert's)

Mark's Place -- the best plate lunch place on the island; great hamburger steak plate lunch and the korean chicken is also very tasty

Koloa, Kapaa and Lihue farmer's markets -- out of the 3 farmer's markets, i think the Koloa one was the best, only market that had the sugarloaf and fiberless mangos available; also, these markets are the best place to get a cold coconut

So, I would definitely go back to Hanamalulu Cafe, Hamura Saimin Stand, Mark's Place, and Fish Express; I would probably go back to Polynesia Cafe and Pono Market; the rest i would not go back to

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