Grab a taco at Tropical Taco. On the right hand side as you drive into Hanalei town. A taco is about $10 but one taco is a meal. They also have a good bean burrito and nice comfortable restuarant to sit and eat or post up on the porch and eat outside. www.tropicaltaco.com
One of my favorite stops when we would go to poipu. Just try it. If you don’t like it there is something wrong with you! My favorite is the pineapple relish with Aunty Lilikoi’s Hawaiian mustard. They also offer papaya, coconut, mango, banana or star fruit relish as well as fresh squeezed lemonade to wash it all down. For you vegans they have a veggie dog which is usually what I get. www.pukadog.com
Pink Creamery Hanalei
In the little shopping center across from Kalypso Bar & grill is this little gem. They have a really good grilled cheese sandwich. You can get “The Mainlander” which is just bread and cheese and they use muenster cheese. If you order “Hawaiian Style” they add pulled pork and pineapple. They have hot dogs too and all the ice creams I tried were really good.
Shave Ice Paradise (May Have Closed permanently)
There is almost always a line here for a reason. They have the best shave ice on the North Shore
TIP: Get ice cream on the bottom….it is sooooo good
Feel like some casual dining and atmosphere and maybe some happy hour music and a good salad and other fare with local ingredients head to the Hanalei Gourmet located in the shopping center behind Bubba’s Burgers. www.hanaleigourmet.com
Want to hear some local musicians then Tahiti Nui is the place to be. They also offer a Luau on Wednesday nights for $75 per person.
KILAUEA (kill-ew-way-ya) AREA
Kilauea Fish Market
Burritos are big so you can probably share unless you are extremely hungry. In Kilauea town on the left hand side on the main road to the lighthouse. Order at the counter very casual.
Banana Joes (Permanently Closed)
on the way out of Kilauea on the main road has the best Banana Frosty plus a lot of locally organically grown fruits and vegetables. Located next door to the Kauai Minuature Golf Course www.kauaiminigolf.com