I don't think it's coincidence that our favorite Kauai restaurant also happens to be our favorite CHEAP Kauai restaurant...
...Hamura's Saimin restaurant in Lihue. A true locals joint, I could eat a meal a day there the whole vacation!
...grab a to-go mixed plate, and take it to Kalapaki Beach for an awesome picnic meal.
For us, one of the great joys of vacationing is finding a great value for your dollars, and over the years, we've eaten at a LOT of places on Kauai, and have found quite a few cheap Kauai restaurants that serve good food, at a reasonable price...
The Kalapaki Beach Hut is another one of the cheap Kauai restaurants, with the added bonus of being right next to Kalapaki Beach, one of our favorite beaches...Best fish sandwich on the island!
Kauai is an island where "casual" dining is as much the norm as "fine dining". Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of expensive Kauai restaurants where you can enjoy a meal with all the ambience you could want...
...but after a day spent hiking in the red dirt, or playing at one of Kauai's awesome beaches, being able to just drag your family in "as you are" and grab good eats is particularly appealing!!
Of course, everybody's idea of "reasonable" is different...for some folks $40-$50 apiece on a meal is not an extravagance, and although THIS year, Daddy's pretty sure that $150 meals for the three of us ain't going to be happening, splurging IS one of the great joys of "being on vacation"...
So when we do, we head to Kukui's