Finding a good spot for cheap eats in Kauai can be a relief for the vacation budget. On our recent trip to Kauai, we found such a place at the Kalapaki Beach Hut on 3474 Rice Street in Lihue. It’s set back about 50 yards from Kalapaki Beach and situated between the Nawilwili Harbor and the Kauai Marriott Resort; actually, it’s within easy walking distance of both.
The restaurant is open everyday from 7am until 8pm. Breakfast is served until 10:30am. Most breakfast menu items cost less than $6.00. I had a breakfast egg sandwich with Portuguese sausage, egg, cheese, lettuce and tomato for $5.25. (The photo to the left shows my sandwich with a slice of pineapple on the top.) A Loco moco with rice, hamburger, egg and gravy cost $6.55. Omelettes, pancakes and Portuguese sweet bread French toast are all on the menu.
Lunch is “served all day” with mostly burgers and grilled sandwiches, fish and chips, and a salads on the menu. I liked the looks of the aloha classic burger with teriyaki sauce, pineapple and cheese. Lunch menu items range in price from $3.75 for a grilled cheese sandwich to $8.50 for a Caesar salad with char-broiled chicken or Ono (fish). For families with children, there is a kids’ menu that includes fries, a drink and either a junior burger, grilled cheese or a corn dog for $4.95.
The restaurant appeared to be a hit with both visitors and locals. In fact, perhaps the true test of quality of this restaurant is that we saw a Kauai police officer while we were there.
This very casual restaurant has open air seating on two levels. The upstairs level offers a little better view, though it’s not an outstanding one. See a photo of the view here. Next time I’m there, I’ll just take my selections in a to-go bag and dine on the beach for the best view of all.
See this article for other Kauai restaurant suggestions.