Where to go to grab a quick bite? Fortunately, all of these new casual dining options are located in Kukuiula Village Shopping Center, about a five minute drive from Hideaway Cove. Just follow Poipu Road to the traffic circle and you can’t miss the Village.
Bubbas Burgers-808-7452-6900. What a pleasant surprise to see Bubbas open a new third location (their other two are in Kapaa and the original in Hanalei) here in Poipu. What’s even more surprising is they’ve maintained their low prices in spite of being located in a pretty high end center. Their sign says they “Cheat tourists and attorneys”, which gives you an idea of the irreverent vibe here. Great burgers and fries.
Dolphin Sushi and Fish Market-808-742-1414. This is also the second location for this iconic restaurant from Hanalei. The Dolphin has an excellent reputation for quality fish and this outpost will continue in the same tradition. Sushi is inherently expensive if premium, fresh fish is served. If you’re looking for one of those sushi restaurants where the fish is on little plates on a conveyer belt, you can find that at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center. This is definitely not mass produced sushi. The fish market has a good selection and the fish always looks top notch.
Dude Dogs-808-742-9438. I’m pulling for this restaurant because I like hot dogs and they serve about twenty different kinds here. You can get a hot dog, bag of chips and soda for about six or seven bucks. What’s not to like about that? It’s a casual beach decor and would be a great place to take the kids if you’re in a hurry.
Lappert’s Ice Cream & Coffee-808-742-1272. Lapperts moved here from their old location in Koloa Town. The new location is much more upscale, compared to the plantation decor of the old shop. Same great ice cream and coffee.
Living Foods Market & Cafe-808-742-2323. Open at 7am for breakfast, they also serve lunch. Seating is outdoors and you can order at the counter and take out.
Merriman’s Downstairs Cafe-808-742-8385. This is the downstairs component of the upstairs fine dining Merrimans Fish House. The Cafe did not have table service when it first opened and the menu was pricey. They’ve adjusted and now serve wood fired oven baked pizzas plus a variety of other casual entrees. Go during happy hour for half priced pizzas and reduced price drinks.
Savage Shrimp-808-742-9611. This is what the name implies, a shrimp place. From humble beginnings as a food truck, they’ve graduated to this great location. I haven’t tried it myself, however there always seems to be a crowd here.
Tortilla Republic Margarita Bar-808-742-8884. If you like margaritas, don’t miss this place. Many different kinds, all of them good. The loaded nachos are also top notch and the guacamole, made by hand at your table, is not to be missed. There is also a casual dining menu.
Uncle’s Shave Ice & Smoothies-808-742-2364. The name says it all.
Da Crack-808-742-9595. Just off the new traffic circle in Poipu Beach, look for the small strip center with the yellow submarine in front. The center consists of two buildings with a covered sidewalk in between. There was a Mexican restaurant here called Nortenos, but everyone called it “The Crack”, because it was no more than a take out window located in the crack between these two buildings. It went out of business and several years later new owners decided to open a new Mexican Restaurant and wisely named it “Da Crack”. For those of you who don’t speak pigin, Da means The. Good food, large portions and reasonable prices ensure there is normally a line a the window. Take out only. If you’d like a beer with your food, Kukuiula Market is right next door.