After a long Hawaiian day spent playing at the beach or hiking Waimea canyon, the first question your family will ask may be, “So….where are we going to eat?” Take advice from an experienced Poipu Seal: you want to have a few locations in your arsenal before the little ones come-a-beggin. Lucky for you, Kauai is filled with great eateries. The ones I include here are particularly family friendly. Visit one or all of them and your kiddos will go home with full bellies and happy hearts.
Brennecke’s Beach Broiler
If you want to stay close to the Villas at Poipu Kai or Poipu in general, your best bet is Brennecke’s Beach Broiler. Located right across the street from Brennecke Beach, the “Broiler” is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from your busy day playing in the ocean. In addition to their general menu (which is fabulous), Brennecke’s Beach Broiler has what they call a “keiki” menu reserved just for kids. It features kid-friendly dishes such as chicken tenders, pizza, grilled cheese, and hamburgers, all for about $6-$10. Your little ones will feel extra special when they can choose their very own “keiki” mocktail to go along with their meal. For $5.25, you may just want to try the “Pink Panther” blend of strawberries and cream yourself! Just be sure to save some for me! Fortunately for adults, Brennecke’s Beach Broiler has a great variety of entrees and drinks for adults. Come during one of their two happy hours (3:00-5:00 pm and 8:30 pm-closing) to get an even better deal. See more on their website: http://www.brenneckes.com/
Ono Family Restaurant
Need a place to take the family for breakfast? Ono Family Restaurant in Kapa’a is your place! True to its name, this restaurant is perfect for families. The portions are huge and they are very welcoming to young children. Save money and split a dish for less than $10! A few favorites? Try their coconut-macadamia-banana pancakes for breakfast. Or pick from their delicious array of sandwiches and burgers for lunch. Perhaps the greatest treasure you can find at the Ono Family Restaurant is their shaved ice. Is there a better way to finish off the meal? You may find yourself returning again and again just for this famous frozen treat. Your family will love the vibe of this local favorite. Location: 4-1292 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746; Phone: (808) 822-1710; Open Mon-Sun, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kalapaki Beach Hut
However, if it’s a burger your kids are craving, Kalapaki Beach Hut in Lihue may be your best choice. For under or around $10, you can choose any burger prepares in any way you can possibly imagine! With convenient, family friendly hours (7:00 am-8:00 pm, 7 days a week) and an offering of breakfast and lunch all day, Kalapaki Beach Hut aims to please. Your kids don’t even have to change clothes from their day at the beach – come as you are! This little hut will welcome you with open arms. The fun location and exterior will be sure to endear this restaurant to you and your kids.
See more on their website: http://www.kalapakibeach.org/dining/kalapaki-beach-hut Location: 3474 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766; Phone (808) 246-6330; Open Mon-Sun, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm