Located in the sleepy town of Hanalei, the Hanalei Gourmet is a laid-back café that is known for Hawaiian-inspired dishes, an on-site deli, and great live music. Read on to learn more about the Hanalei Gourmet in Kauai and why you just might want to add it to your list of places to visit in Kauai!
Savor the Flavors of Kauai-Style Gourmet at the Best Hanalei Restaurant
Step inside of this cheerful café and you’ll encounter fun tropical décor and an easy-going atmosphere.
The Hanalei Gourmet in Kauai is open daily from 8:00am to 10:30pm, meaning that you can come here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Appetizers, called primo pupus, are served with the lunch and dinner menu. Begin your culinary adventure with Asian-style crab cakes drizzled in a pineapple aioli sauce, artichoke toast, da kine nachos, a shrimp “Old Bay” boil served with melted garlic butter, or the smoked Hawaiian seafood sampler with lox-style slices of locally-caught fish smoked.
For lunch, you can choose from a variety of sandwiches with deli ingredients and your choice of fresh-baked bread and cheese. House favorite sandwiches include gourmet concoctions like beer-battered fresh fish and chips, the Oregon Bay shrimp open-face sandwich with jack cheese and a New Orleans-style remoulade sauce, and the Hanalei Sailor, a Rueben sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese on dark rye bread.
This is one of the best Hanalei restaurants for lunch and dinner. Both menus offer refreshing salad choices, hearty burgers, a kids’ menu that your guests will love, and “Whenevas”—items offered all day long, such as the N’Orleans po’boy, local lox and bagel, and half-sliced papayas filled with fresh fruit.
The dinner menu stands out for its pan-fried crab cakes, scallops meuniere, macadamia nut-crusted fried chicken, charbroiled pork loin, grilled ginger chicken, freshly-caught fish, and charbroiled rib eye steak. You can also savor succulent specialty pastas, like udon stir fry, Greek pasta, and shrimp scampi.
Finish off your meal with a rich dessert made in-house, or an expertly-crafted tropical beverage, with or without alcohol.
You’ll find the Hanalei Gourmet at 5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Sp. 5, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714, just before Waioli Huiia Church and Waioli Park. You can also reach the restaurant at (808) 826-2524.
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