One of the reasons so many people are drawn to Hawaii is because it has a reputation for being both exotic and expensive. The problem is that most of us can’t afford an expensive vacation. The good news is that it is possible to enjoy a Hawaiian vacation and not spend the rest of your life trying to pay for it.
The best way to make sure that your Hawaiian vacation doesn’t max out your credit cards is to avoid the restaurants that are catering to the tourists. The main reason you want to avoid these restaurants is because they are expensive. Another reason to avoid them is because they are more interested in providing you with what they think you think the Hawaiian experience should be like. Eating at the local restaurants will be cheaper and provide you with an authentic Hawaiian experience.
If you are staying in the northern section of the Kauai and are looking for someplace to eat, at dinner time you need to get yourself to a place called Bamboo Bamboo for dinner. You will find Bamboo Bamboo in Hanalei (the place made famous in the Peter, Paul, and Mary song) and you will be able to get a really great dinner for under twenty dollars. If the weather is nice you should ask to eat in Bamboo Bamboo’s lovely garden.
Tropical Taco is another really great restaurant that is located in Norther Kauai. This particular restaurant is Mexican and has learned to make Mexican dishes with a tropical twist that you won’t find anywhere else. Tropical Taco is the best Mexican restaurant in Kauai.
When it is time for breakfast, you should get over to the very appropriately named Wake Up Cafe. Many of the locals claim that the Wake Up Cafe is the best breakfast establishment in Kauai. The food is great and cheap. The Wake Up Cafe is also located in Hanalei.
When you are on the eastern side of Kauai you need to stop in at this really great restaurant called Coconuts. The food is mid-priced and excellently prepared.
The Garden Island BBQ is another great place to eat when you in the east. This is actually a Chinese restaurant which not only has great food but also low prices and a wonderful staff.
You trip to the western section of Kauai will be incomplete until you have stopped at Jo Jo’s Shaved Ice for a frozen treat.