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Kountry Kitchen – Old Kapaa Town, Kauai

Kountry Style Kitchen Restaurant
4-1485 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746

If you’re visiting Kauai, wake up hungry and are near Old Town Kapaa, then stop on by Kountry Style Kitchen Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed as the food is excellent and the portions large and I mean LARGE! There will be leftovers and if you’re old enough to remember, you will need a “doggie bag”!

As for parking, there is limited parking in front and on the street. I found out later that here is a private lot, next to Coconut Coast Gifts where restaurant parking is allowed.

We had a very friendly waitress who told us that there was also a Kountry Kitchen location, in Ewa Beach, on our own island of Oahu. Wow, we were surprised though there are so many eateries, just in Honolulu, Okay, time to order!

Having an affinity for Mexican food, I ordered the Spanish Omelette which is filled with sour cream, onion, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and salsa. The side dishes were hash browns and thick toast which tasted delicious with butter (didn’t try the jelly).

As much as I tried, I could not finish my dish! The omelette hit the spot as I love sour cream and salsa. The hash browns were nice and crunchy, just how I like ’em, but not greasy. Toast is always a good filler but I was stuffed! Looks like I’m taking tomorrow’s breakfast back to the hotel!

Lucky Belly Mini Review – My Belly Says, “Yum Yum”

Lucky Belly
50 North Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Lunch                                        Dinner
Monday – Saturday                 Monday – Saturday
11am – 2pm                             5pm – 12am

Lucky Belly is a smallish restaurant will limited seating. I came during lunch time and parked in one of the paid garages. Rarely do the metered parking thing cuz they’re always full! All tables were full, when arriving, so I sat at the bar.

The place, on Hotel Street, is known for their excellent ramen but I wasn’t very hungry so I just ordered the Beet & Spicy Greens salad. The salad includes goat cheese, candied pumpkin seeds & pomegranate dressing. The salad presented very well, the ingredients were fresh and the taste unique but…it wasn’t, in my opinion worth $12 (portion was small also).

It was a hot day so the Hibiscus Lemonade I ordered was a sweet thirst quencher…no free refills though 🙁 The service was terrific and I noticed that those handling food were constantly washing their hands. All in all, a nice light bite to eat. I gotta come back next time and try the ramen!

GEN Korean BBQ House – Hawaii Restaurant Review

1450 Ala Moana Ste 4250
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Another Hawaii restaurant review! GEN Korean BBQ opened at Hookipa Terrace, in Ala Moana Shopping Center, less than a month ago. The Los Angeles based business is one of the largest all-you-can-eat restaurants in the United States. We tried dining there last weekend (7pm) but the wait was 1 hour, thirty minutes. With a six-year-old in the party, we had to find somewhere else to eat (Macaroni Grill).

Finally, on Easter Saturday we tried again and were rewarded with a manageable 15 minute wait. Walking in, I definitely noticed the Astro blue theme going on. Sitting down I saw the small grill, in the middle of the table, and thought, “Oh man, we gotta pay to cook our own meal!” Even though it was only 1:45pm, only the dinner menu was offered which was priced at $26.95 per person (my son only had to pay half price😐).
If you’re a vegetable lover it’s pretty slim pickens. There were some little side dishes with kimchi, mash potatoes, and some other pickled or fermented items (I just noticed fresh vegetables were offered, on the menu, after the fact😟). This a place to get your meat on! All you can eat meat but with a catch! You can only order four dishes of meat at a time and…if you order more meat than you can consume, you are charged extra!

You only get a small bowl of rice so you had better conserve it. Your waiter brings you the different types of meat ordered and you get to cook it! We ordered a variety of meat such as Hawaiian steak, spicy pork bulgogi, premium pork belly, garlic chicken, Gen signature pork chop, et cetera.
Your only utensils are chopsticks, scissors and tongs. If you want your meat in smaller bite size pieces, it is best to cut it before cooking. My mother-law tried, with much difficulty, cutting the pork chop after it was cooked (where are the dang steak knives?!?!).

In conclusion, the meat was tasty, with a lot of variety. For us, the dinner was over priced since none of us are big eaters. I would have liked more rice and my soda refilled but the waiters were focused on our meat orders only. I could of asked but I take a waiter’s attentiveness, into consideration, when it comes to tipping time.

Best Mexican Restaurant in Kauai? Pacos Tacos!

pacos tacosPaco’s Tacos House
4-1415 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 822 – 9944

Best Mexican restaurant in Kauai? Well…The fam and I were walking through Old Kapaa Town looking for dinner! We saw House of Noodles but my wife nixed that idea after informing me that the restaurant only had 3 starts (yes, she is a hard core Yelper!). We kept on walking down Kuhio Highway when I noticed Paco’s Tacos across the street and pointed it out to my wife (yes, I looooove Mexican food!). She checked Yelp and said, “4 stars, let’s try it.”

We sauntered out way in, sat down and checked out the menu. I was pleasantly surprised that breakfast is served all day. So the Huevos Rancheros or Huevos con Chorizo were tempting. Being an enchilada guy, I went with the chicken enchiladas covered in special sauce and cheese. My wife tried the beef enchiladas plate.
pacos tacos
The service was fast and friendly. Our waters were kept filled. The enchiladas platters were a little pricey at $14.00 but this is Hawaii and even Taco Bell is expensive. I have to admit that my meal was worth every cent of the $14.00 price. The secret sauce was very tasty and I would have licked my plate if it was socially acceptable. My wife in not a fan of Mexican food but she finished her entire plate (first time that’s happened) and held up 5 fingers (5 Yelp stars!)

Even my son, who is a SUPER picky eater, enjoyed sharing our enchiladas. I will definitely try the tacos next time! So if you’re ever in Kauai, make your way to Kapaa and give Pacos Tacos a try. Your taste buds will be so thankful

Puka Dog – Best Hot Dog? – A Kauai South Shore Treat

Poipu Shopping Village
2630 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 752-6044
Daily Hour: 10 AM – 8 PM

Puka Dog: Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs Kauai (best hot dog?!?!) is a small hotdog hut we found at the Poipu Shopping Center in Koloa Town (south shore of Kauai). The shopping center had an eclectic mix of jewelry stores, surf themed clothing, small restaurants, and art galleries.

We (as in my wife Genalyn and son Little Gabby) were looking for a cheap place to eat before Mass at the historic St. Raphael Church also in Koloa Town (the subject of a future post).

My wife likes to Yelp so she did some research, on the app, and found Puka Dog at $ out of $$$$ so we’re talking under $10 for a meal…yeah! So, what exactly is a Puka Dog?
Well, it starts with their version of Hawaiian style sweet bread which is freshly baked. The bread is impaled with a hot rod so your hot dog is fully enclosed.

You have a choice of a polish dog (chicken, pork and beef) or a veggie dog (non-GMO soy and wheat). As you bun is toasted, you hot dog is slow roasted. I’m not a vegetarian so you can guess my choice 😉

Next comes the garlic lemon secret sauce which comes in four different levels on the burn scale: mild, spicy, hot and lava. I’m a wimp and went with the mild sauce.

Now is the fun part, picking your type of Hawaiian fruit relish: mango, pineapple, banana, coconut, papaya or star fruit. We all picked the mango relish which really gave the hot dog a burst of flavor!

The last option, which we skipped but maybe shouldn’t have, was Auntie Lilikoi’s Hawaiian mustard which is made fresh, just down the road in Waimea, Kauai.
At $7.95, it may seem a bit pricey for hot dog but it’s really not. This is the most unique and tasty hot dog your taste buds will ever meet. Plus, with the large bun, it is VERY filling. We all finished our hot dogs and were VERY full. We bought Maui chips, as a side order, but didn’t touch them.
Puka Dog’s only drink choice is lemonade which is freshly squeezed as you wait! I’m not a big lemonade fan but I slurped up all 24 ounces of the drink. There is nothing better than freshly made fruit drinks so my thirst was quenched and my taste buds satisfied.

So, if you’re ever happen to be in the south shore, of Kauai, give Puka Dog a try. You won’t regret it. What’s ironic is that “Puka” means hole, in Hawaiian, and your hot dog is literally inserted into a hole in the bun! Protection Status