As each ethnic group came to Hawai'i, they brought with them their foods and food ways. The result is arguably the most cosmopolitan mix of dishes, techniques, tools and customs in the country, possibly the world. Significant contributions have been made by Hawaiians, Caucasians from America and elsewhere, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Koreans, Filipinos and Puerto Ricans and more lately, Southeast Asians including Vietnamese, Thai, Laotians and Cambodians.
It is a place where rice is the staple starch, although it was never eaten by the indigenous people; where the classic plate lunch - entree, mac salad, two scoops rice - may be built around anything from fried chicken to kal bi ribs; and where the roots of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine are sunk deep in the rudimentary kitchens of plantation villages and shared lunches taken in the cane and pineapple fields.
The Beach House Restaurant - The Beach House Restaurant on Kauai is known to visitors and residents alike for its spectacular oceanfront setting along the island's south shore. The Beach House is one of several popular fine dining establishments owned in Hawaii by restaurateurs Roy Dunn and Mike Hooks, a team that has captured a winning formula melding gracious Hawaiian service with innovative Pacific Rim Cuisine. Along with the breathtaking sunset views, it's equally easy to get swept away by Chef Todd Barrett's creative twists on island favorites made with fresh local ingredients.
Bubba's - Located smack in the middle of old Kapaa Town on Hwy 56, directly across from Kapaa Beach Park. Enjoy dining inside, or on the deck with an awesome view of the big blue Pacific Ocean. During the right season you just might even see some whales.
Brennecke's - Conveniently located across from Poipu Beach Park, enjoy great shoreline views in a casual dining atmosphere. However the quality of the food and friendly service are far from casual, it is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Brennecke's is most famous for our Fresh Fish Specials char-broiled over Kiawe charcoal, which is very similar to mesquite in heat production and an unmistakable smoky flavor.
You Tube Video - Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant (formerly Charro's) near Hanalei. Great food and a view to boot!