Discovering Hawaii Through Food: Where the locals eat, part 2by: Derek Paiva and John Heckathorn
posted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 11:46 AM
Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice
This colorful little near-shack on the way to Waimea Canyon boasts 60 flavors, so if you’ve ever wanted a chocolate, coffee or licorice shave ice, this is the place. We’ll settle for a rainbow ice with mac nut ice cream any time we’re near.
Mile marker 23, Kaumualii Highway, Waimea, (808) 635-7615.
Chef Jim Moffat won a Food & Wine “Best New Chef” accolade in 1996 for his work at San Francisco’s 42 Degrees. He took a surfing trip to Kauai, moved and opened Bar Acuda, a small eatery with a growing reputation for tapas, small plates, made with fresh local ingredients. Moffat was frustrated at not finding a great meal on Kauai; he’d like to make sure you don’t suffer the same frustration.
5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, (808) 826-7081, www.restaurantbaracuda.com
Paia Fish Market
Even non-fish lovers love Hawaii’s clean-tasting fresh fish. Any major restaurant will offer fresh fish, but for a quick, inexpensive fish burger or fish plate, it’s hard to beat this little place in quaint Paia. Order at the counter, eat on long tables, enjoy.
100 Hana Highway, (808) 579-8030, www.paiafishmarket.com
Ono Gelato Co.
There’s nothing like a cool cone on a hot Maui day. This attractive little Paia gelateria combines Italian ice-cream expertise with fresh local fruit—Kula strawberries, mangoes, apple bananas, pineapple—all natural, organic if possible. This is adult ice cream. There’s even a tea flavor with lemongrass and mint.
115D Hana Highway, Paia, (808) 579-9201, www.onogelatocompany.com
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Discovering Hawaii Through Food: Where the locals eat