Making a stop at the Shrimp Station

The best things can be found in one’s own backyard. Living on the Westside of Kaua‘i, I am far from the usual town fare like McDonalds and Burger King. But the Westside has got the rawest, one-of-a-kind restaurants you will never forget. It makes my mouth water just thinking about their unique flavors.

On my flight to food heaven this week, I couldn’t wait to soar to one of Waimea’s finest restaurants. The next stop on my food journey is the one and only Shrimp Station.

In a town with just one two-way street, you can find your way to the Shrimp Station simply by following the delicious aroma of fried shrimp. When you arrive, you will be greeted with smiles from the awesome crew and a big menu overhead.

It’s a family business that definitely treats you like you are a visiting cousin. They really know how to serve your hunger’s needs, with fast orders and smiles.

You might find it hard to choose which dish to order, but Shrimp Station Manager Peterlane Gampong said, “We usually ask the customer what they like in their dishes, and then we guide them to order what they really want.” So have no fears.

If you like beer, they’ve got beer-battered shrimp dipped in a batter made from ale and fried to golden perfection. If you like something spicy, try their own local favorite, Thai shrimp made with olive oil, fresh basil, white wine and Sid’s famous salsa.

I am a huge garlic fan, so I ordered the garlic shrimp with potatoes. I was in garlic heaven. They also have other stuff like shrimp cocktail, chips and salsa, french fries, a hot dog with fries, ice cream and much more. Because we live on an island, I suggest you try the coconut shrimp, which is dipped in a secret batter and coconut flakes, then fried to heavenly perfection. Are you getting hungry yet? I know I will be back soon to attack that Thai shrimp dish.

I know some of you are wondering if they will ever expand to the Eastside. Long drive got you bugging, right? Well, you might be in for a treat. Close your eyes and make a wish. It is true. Be careful what you wish for, as they say.

“The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Rita, are expanding their restaurant near the Kapa‘a Chevron gas station,” Gampong said. “The new restaurant is already under construction, and the anticipated grand opening will be at the end of this summer, in August or September.”

Well, there you have it. No excuses now. Get your shrimp groove on and let your taste buds dance away to shrimp heaven. Did I put you in a good food mood yet? Well, if I did, head on over to Waimea’s Shrimp Station across from the Waimea Theater.

They open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so bring your hunger and get ready to evolve your taste buds. If you get lost, you can call the manager and the rest of the crew at 338-1242. They may guide you to shrimp heaven, but you won’t find Bubba. This is strictly shrimp business, no “Forest Gump” funny business here.

For residents of the Eastside, get ready, tell your friends, do how we do (coconut wireless) and spread the word. The Shrimp Station will be coming to Kapa‘a soon.

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