Kauaiās restaurants offer more delicious food per square mile than most big cities.
Marta Lane, Kauaiās only full-time food writer and the host of Tasting Kauai āfarm-to-forkā culinary tours that include a private four-course gourmet lunch and cooking demonstration at a five-star resort, says there are a lot of great places to eat on Kauai.
āWe have a large selection of farms here and we have farmers markets every day so there are plenty of healthy food options,ā Lane says. āWhen Kauai chefs work their magic with local products, you get some great meals!ā
Laneās passion is locally-grown food and establishments that favor using Kauai-grown products as much as possible. In her new e-book, Tasting Kauai: From Food Trucks to Fine Dining, a Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island, she lists nearly 70 restaurants that meet her standards.
When Lane first moved to Kauai, she worked on an organic farm and learned of local farmersā dedication to growing organically as much as possible. āThey do it because they believe that protecting delicate ecosystems, the land, sea and people from chemical pesticides and fertilizers is the right thing to do,ā she says.
The bonus for those of us who love to eat: āRestaurants that use organic and locally-sourced ingredients have the most flavorful food,ā she says.
Lane recommends that while youāre on Kauai, be adventurous and try new things to eat.
āKauaiās year-round growing season means farmers markets are always bursting with a colorful selection of sweet and juicy fruit including mango, pineapple, avocado, mountain apple and star fruit,ā Lane says. āIf youāre at the market and you see a strange looking fruit, be brave and try a sample. Farmers are happy to share. Enjoy tasting Kauai!ā