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Kauai Trip

j.jessica.lee | Mar 23, 201408:06 PM

Hello Hawaii Chowhounders!

I am headed to Kauai in a few days for work, and also for a trip with my parents and sister for a week. We are excited to have a few days together as a family which are much too far and few between these days....

We are hoping to get around the island a bit, but will probably want to stay closer to the Grand Hyatt in Poipu most of the time, and especially for meals.

So far, we have our first dinner planned at Josselin's for a celebratory meal to congratulate my sister on a recent piece of good news! After that, we have a list of possibilities for dinner on other days. My sister will only be with us for two more evenings. We are considering (on the higher end) Red Salt, Merriman's, and Roy's. Maybe Donderos, but it seems silly to have Italian in Hawaii when we have so much good Italian in New York city, where my sister and I live. We are also considering Tortilla Republic, which I've heard quite a few things about. I've heard so many mixed things on Red Salt, Merriman's, and Roy's that I have a hard time knowing which one would be the best. Thoughts? On the more casual end for dinner, we were thinking of doing drinks and appetizers at the Beach House and then heading to dinner someplace more casual. Ideas? We were also considering doing happy hour drinks and happy hour small plates dinner at Keoki's. Can anyone tell me what that might be like? Is there a better place for this kind of casual meal? Any other thoughts on casual dinners? Something one couldn't find easily outside of Kauai would be welcome, but not necessary.

As for lunches, we have Koloa Fish Market, Puka Dog, Savage Shrimp, maybe Hamura's Saimin (do they use MSG? We are very allergic....), etc. Any other ideas for casual lunches or recommendations on what to get at these places would be great!

As for breakfasts, we are staying at the Grand Hyatt. Every breakfast option there looks expensive and/or boring. We were considering Red Salt for a slightly more reasonable and more interesting breakfast. What is the breakfast at Living Waters like? Any good pastries nearby?

Which restaurants or eateries, other than the Beach House, have the best views? We are in Hawaii after all. It would be a shame to miss something with a great view. If we can get great food while we are at it, that sounds just about perfect.

Is it necessary to rent a car or should we give the bus system a shot? How do people get around without renting a car?

Thank you so much for your help! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the many Kauai reports on this board and I will report back!

Red Salt at Ko'a Kea,
Koloa Fish Market,
Savage Shrimp
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