Ed Kawamura Sr. of Veterans Helping Veterans liked the ribs during the Battle of the Food Trucks presented Sunday evening by Parking Lot Paina at the Kauai Veterans Center parking lot in Lihue. “The ribs are really good,” Kawamura said. “I don’t know about anything else.”
Scotch eggs, pub steak and a smattering of beer-battered bites line the menu at one of Kauai’s newest restaurants, and the island’s first gastropub. Avalon Gastropub in Kapaa also boasts burgers and fried brussel sprouts, fried mac ‘n’ cheese and a quinoa salad with roasted Okinawan sweet potato, piquillo peppers, red onion, kale and roasted butternut squash.
Joe Kali drove his family from Lihue to the Plantations BBQ & Bar Sunday in Waimea. “We had friends visiting from California, and they had breakfast here,” said Lisa Kali. “We didn’t even know this place was open, so we’re just checking it out because our friends said it was pretty good.” The Plantations BBQ & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the building adjacent to Waimea Plantation Cottages.