Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kauai Recap: The Food

Hi there! How has your week been? I can barely believe that it's Thursday. I have spent most of this week playing catch up from vacation. I recently went to Hawaii with my family and I am so grateful to for the time I spent relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the island.  If you have never been to Hawaii, it is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world and needs to go on your travel bucket list. 

We vacationed on the island of Kauai and stayed in Hanalei Bay. Our beach house overlooked the ocean and had an unbelievable view. We were able to run on the beach, walk into town and soak up the sun.  Kauai is often referred to as "the garden isle" for its beauty and is the second last of the major Hawaiian islands.

I wanted to share my favorites spots and activities with you, so that you can enjoy a slice of Kauai wherever you are or add it to your travel list.....Let's start with one of my favorite subjects.... food!

Hanalei Coffee Roasters was our favorite early morning spot.  I loved playing cards on the patio while drinking an iced coffee with soy or a vanilla freeze. If you are traveling to Kauai and love coffee, this is a must stop.

My husband and I enjoyed a date night at a local tapas restaurant, BarAcuda. We ordered a bottle of Sauvingon Blanc and enjoyed our romantic little spot in the patio. We started with a cheese plate and spinach salad, followed by risotto fritters and blackened shrimp. My husband raved about the short rib and meatballs.  The portions were perfect, the food was nothing short of amazing and the atmosphere reminded me of some of our favorite restaurants in Sonoma. It was cozy and sophisticated with a touch of trendy.

My absolute favorite dining experience was Pat's Taqueria.  Pat's is a food truck that serves tacos and burritos and can be found on Black Pot Beach. The tacos are divine. The bean and rice taco was served on a lightly crisped taco shell with light cheese, pinto beans, seasoned rice, cabbage and pico. If you can check out one restaurant in Hanalei, it has to be here.

My family is addicted to Bubba Burger, especially my niece, who described this burger as her "favorite burger ever". You can order sandwiches gluten free and they'll serve them wrapped in lettuce. Bubba's serves grass-fed Kauai beef and offers a small menu of sandwiches, fries and onion rings. The perfect all-american stop for your Hawaiian vacation.

We had to try all of the tacos in town, so Tropical Taco was on our agenda. The tacos were gigantic and some of the largest that I have ever seen! I ordered a vegetarian taco on a crispy corn tortilla shell. The tortillas were homemade, so they were slightly larger than what you would find at the grocery store. My taco came loaded with all the fillings - rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, guac, salsa - and was served in a bag to keep the contents from spilling out.  All in all a must try.

My favorite sushi on the island came from The Hanalei Dolphin. I can say with absolute certainty that it was the best sushi that I have eaten in my entire life. The fish was fresh and smooth, the flavor combinations were incredible and the atmosphere was perfect. The decor reminded me of a cross between a beach restaurant and a japanese garden. If you love sushi and are in Hanalei, you need to stop here. We enjoyed the Flying Hawaiian, Stolen, Spyder and U Megan Me Crazy rolls. I decided to take the stomachache and possible migraine for sushi (a few rolls were not gluten free) and it was 1000% worth it.

Vacation wouldn't be vacation with at least one stop at happy hour, right? We hit up Kalypso  for half-priced wine night and enjoyed appetizers and outdoor seating. The chicken nachos were my personal favorite! If you're looking for cold brews and delicious appetizers, it's the perfect happy hour spot.  They also offer a large dinner menu as well.

Hope you enjoyed my food reviews! Next up on my Kauai recap... the activities!

Have you been to Kauai? What was your favorite restaurant? 

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