It’s impossible not to fall in love with Kauai’s North Shore. It’s tropical: one minute a rain storm, the next a rainbow. It’s colorful: from the flaming red flora to the turquoise waters and golden sand. It’s mountainous and has gorgeous verdant valleys. It’s unspoiled: no high rises allowed here. And yet, even though it’s home to many of the island’s organic farms, it can be hard to find great places to eat that serve quality “real” food. To be sure, there are lots of average taco joints, burger shacks and tourist spots serving bar food or over-sauced fish. But no fear, the scouting has been done, and you, dear reader, get to go directly to the good stuff.
- Hanalei Farmers’ Markets - There are two famers’ markets in Hanalei – one is on Tuesday just after lunch (head north out of town and you will soon see it in a field on the left) and the other is in town on Saturdays, opening at 9.30am, just behind the soccer fields near the church. I defy you to find a farmers’ market in a more majestic setting. The backdrop is towering green, ridged mountain. Breathtaking. You’ll find the usual market food fare: lettuces, veggies, and so forth, along with local beef, goat cheese, an array of coconut vendors, tropical fruits and locally grown fresh turmeric and ginger. There’s also jewelry and other knick-knacks in case you’re looking for mementos to take back home.
- Kauai Juice Co., Kilauea. - There are two Kauai Juice Co. stores on Kauia. One in Kapa’a and a more recent addition in Kilauea in the stone building on the way to the lighthouse. They both open Monday-Saturday, closing at 5pm. From delicious, freshly brewed kombucha in tropical flavors like mango and acai, to an array of cold-pressed juices, whether you’re planning to cleanse or just want to drink your nutrients, this is the place to go. Juices are typically around $11 and kombucha is $5. You can expect to find these juices at health stores around the island too. I collected way more bottles in a week than I thought possible, but sadly the 50 cent deposit is only refunded if you return the bottles to Kapp’a. Hopefully that will change soon. > Read more