Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 9 – Southside Eats

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Emily Jablon:   Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013.  We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai.  Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui.

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A Romantic Waterside Breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway. Using our miles and points made it even better!

Winter Getaway to Kauai – Trip Report Index:

Eating In and Around the Grand Hyatt, Kauai

We listed the restaurants by location:

South Kauai Restaurants (Near the Grand Hyatt, Kauai)

East Kauai Restaurants

West Side Eateries

North Side Restaurants

Our favorites were Puka Dogs, Korean BBQ, Hee-Fat for shave ice, and Brick Oven for pizza.

South Kauai Restaurants

Grand Club Lounge

Daraius and I went for breakfast at the Grand Club Lounge.  We ate free here because of our Hyatt Diamond status.

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Hyatt Diamond Members Get Free Breakfast and Hors D’Oeuvres in the Evening

The mirrored walls made for great photo-bombing opportunities.

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Daraius, Getting the Perfect Shot

There was a decent selection of fresh fruits, breads, meats and cheese, cereal, and yogurt.  There was 1 hot food dish.

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We Saved Lots of Money Eating Breakfast in the Lounge

There were breads and pastries…

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The Freshly Baked Pastries Smelled Wonderful

…that all looked freshly baked.

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I Loved the Buttery Croissants and Danishes

There was an assortment of cheese…

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Cheese and Crackers…for Breakfast!

…a selection of meats…

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Plenty of Choices for Your Protein Fix

…lots of fresh fruit…

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One of My Favorite Things About Hawaii – Papaya With Lime at Breakfast

…Yoplait yogurt…

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You Could Have Yogurt With Fruit for a Lighter Breakfast

…boxed cereal…

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I Had to Steer Daraius Away From the Froot Loops

…slices of bread and bagels…

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We Loved the Mini Jam and Jelly Jars…So Cute

…coffee and tea…

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Everything You Need to Get Caffeinated in the Morning

…and there was even miso soup.

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Miso Soup is a Traditional Japanese Breakfast Food

It all looked pretty tasty!

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You Could Add Tofu, Mushrooms, and Scallions to the Soup as You Liked

Daraius was happy to get a plate full of food.

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The Way to a Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach!

He got a crepe, cold cuts, cheese, and fruit.

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We Even Went Back for Seconds!

We sat outside and enjoyed the gorgeous view.

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Finally a Clear, Sunny Day

It was a little hot with the sun, but I loved it!  Especially after all the rain we’d had.

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Don’t Worry, We Didn’t Forget Our Sunscreen

There was plenty of seating indoors as well.

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Lots of Comfortable Places to Eat on Rainy Days

You could make yourself comfortable on the sofas.

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There Weren’t Many People Using the Lounge

The lounge had lots of natural light and tropical plants.

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The Island Style Furnishings Gave the Room a Tropical Feel

There was plenty of space for families or large groups to spread out.

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The Lounge Was Casual and Relaxed

It was a lovely place to enjoy breakfast and have a relaxing start to the morning.

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It Was Almost Like Having the Whole Lounge to Ourselves

Breakfast at Hyatt Terrace

One day, Daraius and I decided to try out the regular breakfast in the hotel.  The main breakfast was held at the Ilima Terrace.

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Ilima Terrace Serves Breakfast and Lunch

We were seated right next to the water.  What a beautiful setting for breakfast!

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We Could Get Used to This

Beyond the koi pond, you could see the ocean.

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The Beautiful Scenery Made for a Romantic Meal

It was expensive!  The cheapest meal was oatmeal for $9 and the buffet was the most expensive meal at $31.

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$8 for an English Muffin and $10 for Juice!

We checked out the huge buffet but decided to order from the menu instead.

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The Buffet Had a Wide Selection of Hot and Cold Dishes

There was an assortment of dried fruits and nuts…

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You Could Add Dried Fruit and Nuts to Your Oatmeal

…and a selection of cereal.

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Froot Loops Again!

There were also breads and pastries…

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You’d Gain Weight Just From Looking at the Food!

…and 2 kinds of cheese…

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I Liked How They Used Fresh Leaves in the Food Presentation

…and smoked salmon with all the trimmings.

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You Could Eat All the Smoked Salmon You Wanted

There was fresh fruit…

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Everything Was Covered and Kept on Ice to Stay Fresh

…including pineapple, papaya, and honeydew.  I liked the orchid garnish.

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You Could Choose to Eat Healthy

The freshly made jam was a nice touch.

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Fresh Jam, Preserves, and Sauces

There were so many hot foods to choose from…

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The Hot Food Selection Was Huge

…including homemade turkey frittata with Kauai green onions…

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The Frittata Looked and Smelled Delicious

…eggs benedict…

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You Could Indulge in Eggs Benedict With Rich Hollandaise Sauce

…scrambled eggs…

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They Had Simpler Fare, Too

…bacon…(no, Daraius!)…

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You Can’t Go Wrong With Crispy Bacon

…Lilikoi sweet bread French toast…it looked soooooo good!

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Passion Fruit Sweet Bread French Toast

It was served with coconut syrup.  Anywhere you go for breakfast in Hawaii, they serve coconut syrup.  It is divine!

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Coconut Syrup Instead of Maple…Yummy!

There was bread pudding…

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Bread Pudding for the Sweet Tooth

…miso soup…

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I’m Sure Japanese Tourists Appreciated the Traditional Breakfast Food

Roast potatoes…

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Perfectly Roasted Red Potatoes

…and 3 kinds of fresh juices.

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You Know You’re In Hawaii When There’s Guava and Passionfruit Juice at the Buffet

You could choose between passionfruit, orange, and guava.

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Guava Juice Reminds Daraius of Growing up in India

Instead of the buffet, I ordered steel cut oatmeal with dried fruit and granola…

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The Oatmeal Was Tasty but Expensive

…and Daraius got (yup, you guessed it!) eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast.

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We Can Never Get Eggs to Look so Perfect at Home!

Puka Dogs

Daraius and I went for lunch at Puka Dogs, which is located ~1 mile from the hotel.  We had heard good things about this small restaurant, which serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian hot dogs.  This was 1 of our favorite meals!

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Puka Dogs:  Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs

It’s a small eatery with 4 tables, and benches outside.  When we arrived there was a line out the door, but the 2nd time we went there was no line.

There’s a small menu, and you can choose between Polish dogs or veggie dogs.

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The Dogs Come With Garlic Lemon Secret Sauce (Mild, Spicy, Hot, or “Lava”)

In addition, you can choose condiments to be served with the dog.

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They Even Bake Their Own Bread

There were only 3 to 4 tables in the restaurant, and a total of 9 chairs.

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The Buns Are Pierced Down the Middle Instead of Sliced Open Like Regular Hot Dogs

Unable to find seating, we sat outside on a table with a thatched umbrella for shade.

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Hot Dogs Al Fresco!

I got a Polish dog with no relish (I wanted mine on the side) and lilikoi (passion fruit) mustard.  Daraius got a Polish dog with mango relish and lilikoi mustard.  We also got all of the relishes on the side, along with Dijon mustard.

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Daraius Liked Sampling All the Condiments

You could also get chips and fresh squeezed lemonade, but we opted to save our appetite for shave ice.

The hot dogs were excellent, and they were 1 of our favorite meals on the island!

Kalapaki Beach Hut

Right after we landed in Kauai, we headed to Kalapaki Beach Hut for dinner.  It’s ~14 miles from the hotel, near the airport.

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Should We Get a Cheeseburger in Paradise?

The regional Hawaiian menu included burgers and more.

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Loco Moco, a Hamburger Patty With Egg and Gravy Over Rice, Is a Popular Hawaiian Breakfast Dish

The upstairs seating area was empty.

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It Was Late so We Had the Whole Place to Ourselves

I ordered a Kalapaki burger, and Daraius got a fish sandwich.  We shared French fries and a smoothie to drink.

My burger tasted like a Five Guys restaurant hamburger.  It was a bit bland.

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The Burgers Were Nothing Special, but the Fries Were Great

The fries were served hot and crispy, and were delicious.  I also liked the smoothie.  Daraius liked his fish sandwich.  The prices were reasonable.

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The Restaurant Decor Was Very…Bright!

Josselin’s Tapas

We went to dinner at Josselin’s, which is ~2 miles from the hotel and in an outdoor shopping mall.  There’s also a footpath in case you want to walk or bike ride.  Daraius discovered the restaurant on Chowhound.

We ordered lychee sangria, which was a bit tart and strong, but good.  Lychees are a common fruit in south Asia.

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You Could Choose Fruits for Your Sangria

The restaurant was dimly lit but inviting.

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Tapas Is Spanish, but Josselin’s Menu Is Mostly Asian Fusion

Daraius ordered 2 fish dishes…

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Their Fish Menu Changes Daily Depending on What’s Fresh

…1 as a starter and 1 as the main course.

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Everything Was Plated Beautifully

I ordered lamb meatballs and beet ravioli.

Neither were very good for the price, but we’re glad we checked it out.

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The Menu Was Interesting but Rather Expensive

In the same outdoor mall are several other restaurants ranging in price.  And there are lots of shops to browse, including Quicksilver, art galleries, etc.

Savage Shrimp

Savage Shrimp is also ~2 miles from the hotel, near Josselin’s, and their menu looked awesome.

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Savage Shrimp Specializes in Scampi

The scent of freshly cooked garlic emanated from the restaurant, and it smelled delicious!  The prices were also reasonable.

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There Was Garlic in Most Everything

You could sit inside or outside.

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The Walls Were Covered in Customer Graffiti

Daraius ordered the spicy Grasshoppa Shrimp.

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Daraius Loves His Spicy Food – the Hotter the Better

There was a lot of graffiti on the walls, adding to the restaurant’s personality.  I didn’t eat here because of my fish allergy, but Daraius said the fries and shrimp were well worth the ~$15.

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I Wonder If They Made Their Babies?

Living Foods Market

One evening I went to dinner at Living Foods Market, while Daraius ate at Savage Shrimp.  I have a severe fish allergy so had to eat somewhere else.  It’s only ~2 miles from the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

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The Market Sells Produce From Local Farms

They had a good selection of paninis, pizzas, and crepes.

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The Restaurant Specializes in Fresh, Local Food

I ordered the spinaci pizza, which came with mozzarella, spinach, pepper flakes, and garlic lemon oil.

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Almost as Good as in Italy!

To drink, I had Kona Red, a Hawaiian superfruit antioxidant juice.  My meal came to  ~$20, making it a bit expensive!  Daraius and I could have nearly split the pizza though.

It was delicious!!

Bottom Line

There are lots of great places to eat in Kauai.  Everything is so fresh and there are lots of interesting menu items you don’t see often on the mainland.

My favorite meal was the Hawaiian-style hot dogs at Puka Dogs.  And Daraius said the spicy garlic shrimp at Savage Shrimp was amazing.

But we still had a lot of eating to do…

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16 responses to “Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 9 – Southside Eats

  1. Thank you so much for this series of articles! We are planning a trip to Kauai with a stay at the Hyatt in Nov. I will try to get Diamond status match before we go. Just wondering if you happen to know how late they serve breakfast at the Grand Club Lounge? We like sleeping in :). I really appreciate all of the useful info on the places to eat. Love this blog!

  2. I second the question from RSV, if you guys happen to know the answer. We’ll be returning in July but first time using the lounge. The whole lounge was a mystery until seeing the great photos you took. I couldn’t find but a few grainy photos on the web and wanted to see if it was worth the extra points. Apparently it is 🙂 We’ll also check out those restaurants we’ve never been to. Thanks!

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  6. RSV and Kent C,
    The Grand Club serves breakfast until 10am. The schedule has not deviated since we starting going here a few years ago. Don’t worry about eating a late breakfast. They replenish the hot dish pretty quickly – we have not waited more than a couple minutes no matter what time we arrived between 6:30a-10:00a.

  7. Thanks for the tips Chris.

  8. Thank you Chris G

  9. You guys split up for dinner? How romantic.

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  15. Next time – don’t miss Mark’s place…just a few minutes drive from the airport, completely out of the way, non-touristy, really excellent inexpensive fresh food – with delicious specials every day…great local feel…

    …and in the unlikely event that someone needs a hotel NOT using points/miles, I loved my stay at the Garden Island Inn…

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