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Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Honeymoon Trip Review: What to Eat in Kauai

By now, you’ve probably read my reviews on the Grand Hyatt Kauai regarding the Deluxe Ocean View Room, the amenities at the resort, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau. If you haven’t read those posts and are interested in staying at one of the best resorts in Kauai for free, please go back and take a look. In the next two posts, I’ll cover Kauai activities outside of the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Let’s start with what to eat in Kauai.

 

What to Eat in Kauai

The Grand Hyatt Kauai is located on the South Shore of Kauai and because of that, most of the restaurants and shops we hit up the first few days were located near the south. We did spend one day at the famous North Shore, however, and enjoyed the food and sweets in that area as well. To be honest, Kauai is not that big so whichever part you do end up staying at won’t prevent you from easily driving to one of the recommended spots below. Indulge your taste buds!

 

We loved browsing through Costco's food selection since some of the items are specific to Hawaii

We loved browsing through Costco’s food selection since some of the items are specific to Hawaii

Surprisingly, you can find a lot to eat at Costco. We got some poke tuna there.

Surprisingly, you can find a lot to eat at Costco. We got some poke tuna there.

Ok, so Hawaiian shirts are not edible. Just wanted to show you that as always, Costco has everything you need, and it is close to the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

Ok, so Hawaiian shirts are not edible. Just wanted to show you that as always, Costco has everything you need, and it is close to the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

Puka Dog has great Hawaiian hot dogs, and they are just down the road from the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Puka Dog has great Hawaiian hot dogs, and they are just down the road from the Grand Hyatt Kauai

You pick a dog (sausage or vegetarian) and a condiment

You pick a dog (sausage or vegetarian) and a condiment

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is the largest fast food chain in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the one in New York City no longer exists so we had to eat at one in Kauai.

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is the largest fast food chain in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the one in New York City no longer exists so we wanted to eat at one in Kauai.

The loco moco is great as always

The loco moco is great as always

Jo Jo's Shave Ice is probably the most well-known shaved ice place in Kauai

Jo Jo’s Shave Ice is probably the most well-known shaved ice place in Kauai

Their menu selection is huge

Their menu selection is huge

And the shaved ice was tasty. It had ice cream on the bottom.

And the shaved ice was tasty. It had ice cream on the bottom.

Near Costco is this unassuming lunch restaurant called Mark's Place

Near Costco is this unassuming lunch restaurant called Mark’s Place

There is no sign outside, but this shop is famous for their good eats and large portions

There is no sign outside, but this shop is famous for their good eats and large portions

We got one of their famous mixed plates along with some spam musubis

We got one of their famous mixed plates along with some spam musubis

Kauai has farmers' markets everyday, but they are in different locations. Find which one you want to check out on this website.

Kauai has farmers’ markets everyday, but they are in different locations. Find which one you want to check out on this website.

On the drive to the famous North Shore, you'll pass by Banana Joe's Fruit Stand

On the drive to the famous North Shore, you’ll pass by Banana Joe’s Fruit Stand

You have to stop in for a smoothie or frosty

You have to stop in for a smoothie or frosty

Feel free to go bananas

Feel free to go bananas

We then made a lunch pit stop at The Dolphin

We then made a lunch pit stop at The Dolphin

Their fish tacos were great

Their fish tacos were great

And we heard they are known for their sushi, which was good but compared to the sushi in New York City, it's just average

And we heard they are known for their sushi, which was good but compared to the sushi in New York City, it’s just average

 

The Main Point

If you ever find yourself wondering what to eat in Kauai, drive to one of the places above, and you won’t be disappointed. Previously, I would have also recommended using the Citi Forward credit card to pay for your eating adventure, because the card used to give 5 Thank You Points per $ spent on dining. That is no longer the case, however, so instead I recommend you use the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card and/or the Barclays Arrival credit card. The Chase Sapphire Preferred gives 2 Ultimate Rewards points per $ spent on dining while the Barclays Arrival credit card gives 2 miles per $ spent period. Both cards are also perfect for planning a honeymoon in Hawaii. I used the signup bonus from those credit cards to get a free Deluxe Ocean View Room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and a free convertible for a week.

 

To apply for the credit cards discussed and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

To apply for the credit cards discussed in this post and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

 

When opening credit cards for big bonuses, however, just remember to be financially responsible and pay off your credit card balances every month, cancel the credit cards before the annual fee hits, and use Amazon Payments to meet credit card minimum spending requirements rather than actually spend any money.

 

Disclaimer: I may receive referral credit for some of the links above, which I appreciate

 

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