Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 10 – More South Kauai 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.

South Kauai Eats

The Tastiest Spring Rolls This Side of 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 Kauai Restaurants

North Kauai Restaurants

This post is the continuation of South Kauai restaurants.

Brick Oven Pizza

For dinner, Daraius and I went to Brick Oven Pizza, which is on the south side.  We choose Brick Oven Pizza because of the great view in our Lonely Planet Kauai book.

South Kauai Eats

After a Long Day at Polihale State Park and Kekaha Beach Pizza Hit the Spot

This is a full service restaurant and bar.  They have a large menu with more than just pizza.

South Kauai Eats

Lots of Non-Carb Options

According to Chowhound, their pizzas were supposed to be some of the best on the island.

South Kauai Eats

How Would Brick Oven’s Pizza Compare to What We Had in Rome at Hostaria dei Bastioni’s?

I ordered the buffet, which came with salad, soup, buffalo and BBQ chicken wings, spaghetti, another pasta, and garlic bread.

South Kauai Eats

I Started Off Light With Pasta :)

The buffet also included 4 to 5 types of fresh pizzas and dessert pizza.

South Kauai Eats

Who Knew You Could Make a Creamy Snickers Pizza?

I had a Blue Moon to drink.  Usually, I don’t drink beer, but it was refreshing after a hot day on the beach.

Daraius got the Hawaiian BBQ chicken pizza and a Coke.

South Kauai Eats

I Don’t Know How Daraius Chose Just 1 Pizza, I Couldn’t Decide So I Got the Buffet

I thought his pizza was too bland.  But I loved my wings, spaghetti, and pizzas.  Each pizza was served fresh.  And the servers did a great job restocking the buffet.  The buffet cost $15.

I liked that I could try a variety of foods.  This was my 2nd favorite meal in Kauai!

Sueoka’s Snack Shop

Daraius wanted Hawaiian food from Sueoka’s Snack Market.

South Kauai Eats

Cheap Food 7 Days a Week

The most expensive dish was $6.50, making it one of the cheapest places to eat in Kauai.

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Down Home Cooking Island Style

They also had other cheap snacks.

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Lots of Options for the Kids

Daraius got spareribs and chicken.

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All This for ~$7

There are no seats at Sueoka’s Snack Shop (take away only), so he joined me at Craving Thai, where I wanted to eat.

South Kauai Eats

Daraius Elated Over His Cheap Meal

Craving Thai

In the mood for some light, healthy food, I decided to try the Craving Thai food truck.

South Kauai Eats

I Felt Adventurous and Ate Thai Food From a Lavender Truck

It’s located next to Chalupa’s Mexican food truck.

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If the Thai Food Wasn’t Good, I Had a Backup Plan

Here’s Chapula’s menu.

South Kauai Eats

Chalupa Guarantees the Freshest and Best Fish Tacos in South and West Kauai

And here’s Craving Thai’s menu.

South Kauai Eats

The Fresh Papaya and Mango Sounded Good but I Was in the Mood for Fried Food

I ordered the crispy spring rolls.

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$4 For a Meal, You Can’t Beat That!

Koloa Mills

After eating at Sueoka’s Snack Shop and Craving Thai, Daraius and I went to Koloa Mills for ice cream and shaved ice.

South Kauai Eats

Daraius May Be Stuffed but He Always Has Room for Dessert

They had a lot of shaved ice flavors, but everything was artificially flavored.

South Kauai Eats

Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6 Are Not My Favorite Ingredients

Daraius decided to try a grape shaved ice.  Koloa Mills also had a large selection of ice cream, which is what I got.

South Kauai Eats

Artificial vs. Locally Made?  Which Would You Pick?

We used a coupon we had found in a free magazine we saw laying outside of shops and restaurants.

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Coupons Help You Have Big Travel With Small Money

Every little bit helps!

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You Can Find Bargains If You Know Where to Look

Papalani Gelato

Papalani Gelato is located next to Puka Dogs, ~ 1 mile from the hotel.  I stopped here after having lunch at Puka Dogs.

South Kauai Eats

How Could I Resist “Heaven on a Cone?”

There is a big selection of gelato and sorbetto.

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Sorbettos Are Gluten-Free

They also have chocolates.

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So Many Choices, Maybe I’ll Get 1 of Each

There was a freezer of ice cream frozen treats.

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Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

I LOVE ice cream sandwiches, so my decision was made.  The salted caramel ice cream, chocolate chip cookie sandwich was delicious!

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Maybe I Can Sneak in Another Visit…

Prices can be expensive here.  At other ice cream and shaved ice shops, we order the kid or smallest size and share to save money.

South Kauai Eats

Gelato Cost Less in Italy!

Bottom Line

Because we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, we spent a lot of time eating in South Kauai.

My 2nd favorite meal in Kauai was at Brick Oven Pizza.

You can find cheap eats at Sueoka’s Snack Shop and Craving Thai.

I was pleasantly surprised by my food truck experience.  Where have you eaten at food trucks? 

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15 Responses to Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 10 – More South Kauai Eats!

  1. I haven’t tried the food trucks yet! But thank you for the great information for our next trip!

    There is a great restaurant that wasn’t mentioned here that is not far from the airport…..Marks. It is in an industrial area not far from Costco! Incredible plate lunches. We found this place a few visits ago! If we happen to arrive around lunch time we head straight here and have lunch before we head north or south to our hotel! Sometimes we eat here twice or more during a visit.

    Only a few picnic tables to eat at, and I believe they are closed on Sunday. But if you research them on the internet you will find great reviews across the board. It is a “hidden gem”!!

  2. You mentioned the “LocoMoco” yesterday and I saw it on one of the menu pics today. Mmmmmm!!! …and all the various “Plate Lunch’s” listed too!!

    As someone formally stationed in Hawaii in the military, your postings brought back some fond memories of the “local” food served there!!!

    Thanks!!! One more reason to go back! I miss “sticky rice” and my favorite, the “LocoMoco”!

  3. @ Kelly- Thanks for the tip!

    @BB- The local food was very good and part of what makes Hawaii unique!

  4. I also really liked Shrimp Station, especially the coconut shrimp. They have 2 locations, one in Waimea and a newer one in Kapaa.

  5. Ditto on the Shrimp Station in Waimea. Ask for a to-go container because the picnic table area outside is always full of flies. They are very careful not to let the flies into the kitchen, though. My favorite dish is the sweet chili garlic shrimp. Try the sauce on the rice – delicious! This is a great stop on the way back to the grand hyatt from a short day of hiking in waimea canyon. I think it closes around 5pm, so plan accordingly.

  6. @Kelly – Will give it a try the next time!

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