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3 Places To Eat In Poipu Kauai

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Burgers, Burritos and Benny’s.

From the minute I got off the plane from Vancouver I was hungry, starving actually. The first step of course was to pick up my rental car and drive to Whaler’s Cove to drop off my luggage. The second step was to eat, nothing fancy, just some good honest food that would keep the hunger pangs at bay and not break the back. Over the course of 30 Days In Hawaii I’ll be eating out a lot and for some of my meals I’m just looking for some grab and go. Here are some of the places I’ve discovered in my first couple of days. Enjoy!

Bubba Burger

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I want a burger! I haven’t had one since before I started my previous series 30 Days To A Better Me and I’m craving one in the biggest way. Just a short walk from Whaler’s Cove Resort is an iconic Kauai burger joint Bubba Burgers. In fact there are 3 on the Island of Kauai and I’ve now seen all of them but the first one I visited is in Poipu (pronounced poy-e-poo) which is where I’m staying. When I say it’s a joint I mean it. Nothing fancy this place is all about your basic burger, fries, onion rings and shakes. Guess what? I ordered them all! Like I said nothing fancy but bloody tasty. When you are ordering your burger don’t ask for bacon, lettuce or tomatoes, they don’t have them. It’s two patties, condiments and a bun. I took mine to go and ran it back to Whaler’s Cove so I could enjoy it on my Lanai.

Bubba Burger Menu

Kissing Booth order windo at Bubba Burger

Onion rings, Fries and a double patty burger from Bubba Burger

Another place I visited was by accident. Coming back from a day of sailing to the Napali Coast I got a little turned around and by a stroke of fate I discovered a Mexican food truck called Chalupa’s in Old Koloa Town. I can’t resist food trucks as you know and I was a bit peckish so why not, it’s fate after all. I ordered a Chipotle Chicken Burrito to go and headed back to Whaler’s Cove (only 5 mins away) to enjoy on my Lanai with a Longboard Lager from Kona Brewing Co. Just a heads up I’m drinking a lot of this lager, I like i so much a bought a 6 pack to enjoy back in the condo. Oh yes the burrito was really good too!

Chalupa's Food Truck

two food trucks in Old Koloa Town

Chicken Burrito and Kona Brewers Longboard Lager

Sticking close to Poipu and Whaler’s Cove the last casual dining find I discovered was a restaurant called Joe’s On The Green at Kiahuna Golf Club.the only reason I found this place was because of asking Marianne at Whaler’s Cove for a breakfast recommendation. I could have used Yelp but sometimes the personal touch is way better, besides it turns out Marianne was hungry too so she joined me! Sitting literally right off the greens of the golf course the views are awesome. I know I’ll be diving into the tropical fruit scene here soon, but for now I’m craving some eggs and hollandaise sauce. EGGS BENNY! I don’t know if there are the best I’ve ever had but something about eating outside in the glorious Hawaiian sun puts these in the top 3 I’ve ever had.

Joes On The Green

outdoor seating at Joes On The Green

Eggs Benny from Joes On The Green

I’ve only scratched the surface of what the food scene is in Poipu, the southern part of Kauai. There is lots more to explore and don’t you worry I will. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. I can guarantee you this, you won’t go hungry on Kauai, there is something for everyone.

Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first Smile


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.


  1. Hey Mark, Loving your series so far! Make sure at some point you try a loco moco for breakfast. Its quite fatty but delicious!

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