Hanalei Dolphin

A foodie friend of mine highly recommended the Hanalei Dolphin restaurant on the north shore of Kaua’i, so of course I had to go check them out! The drive up was scenic and lovely, though riddled with quite a few narrow roads and some one-way bridges that made me a little nervous at first. We spent most of the morning driving and stopping at various lookouts, and then stopped at the Hanalei for lunch. …And not a moment too soon! Half-way through the meal, it began pouring outside! Rain was coming down in sheets. Apparently this is pretty typical Kaua’i. (So, apparently, are the roosters that kept me up the night before with their infuriating cockadoodle doos!) The drive back to the airport after our lunch was pretty harrowing, but we made it back in one piece. Thankfully, we were able to make it back before some of those aforementioned one-way bridges were closed off from the flooding.

Pictured above is the poke – ahi with sesame. This was just okay. I don’t know, maybe I had heard too much hype about the poke, but it wasn’t as memorable as I expected.

The rest:


Ugh. I should just remember that coconut water in a can is never tasty.

Some decent fish chowder. Kind of rich, but it was chowder after all! I still remember my first taste of authentic New England style fish chowder I had years ago in Boston though, and it wasn’t quite as good.

Aaah, but the fish tacos were fabulous! Beer battered fried Ono with cilantro-lime sauce, guacamole and Pico De Gallo. Loved it!

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