Eating Da Crack and Koloa Fish Market
Going to a run in Kauai was fun. I stayed in a fairly flat section of Kauai down by Poipu Beach. It was easy to cover a lot of miles on pavement, sidewalk, or gravel roads. I stuck to the pavement and sidewalks this time. And to recover I did what normal runners do and eat a giant burrito as big as my face on my porch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
I did not quite finish the whole ahi tuna burrito but it was close.
The stand where my burrito came from a literal hole in the wall called Da Crack. Da Crack has 2 benches, no chairs, no tables, and is between a Kauai Adventure Tour storefront and a grocery store. Kauai really can pull off a beach shack food stand well. Da Crack has burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and more filled with ahi, beef, chicken, pork, or veg. When in Hawaii, I am going to eat as much fish as I possibly can so ahi tuna was my pick.
I decided to visit the beach for some relaxing sun time. But sometimes things are jut not in my favor. On my drive to Ha’ula Beach, the road was crazy bumpy with pot holes big enough to wreck my little rental car. If you had a Jeep you could probably make it to Ha’ula Beach but not with a car. It was sad. This stretch of the road was the not bumpy part with some pretty scenery:
I ended up going to Kalapaki Beach in Lihue near the airport. It is one of the biggest stretches of swimmable beach in Kauai. It was not at all crowded when I arrived and was able to change under my towel Andrea the exhibitionist.
I saw this guy later on along with a bunch of stand-up paddle boarders. The Marriott is along this stretch of beach too but it is easy to find your own spot of sand to chill.
My early lunch kept me full for hours so I was able to get a nice tan/burn on at Kalapaki Beach while I finished reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (<— good book!) I know I should have been reading something that takes place in Hawaii but Savannah is hot and steamy too. Eventually I got hungry again and decided to explore Old Koloa town.
Old Koloa town is home to a lot of cute shops, galleries, restaurants, markets, and food trucks. The low-key Koloa Fish Market is a cash only venue and well-regarded as the best poke on the island with many different varieties like wasabi, Korean, avocado, Maui onion, and more. Poke is flavored bite-sized raw fish (usually tuna). I opted for two small dishes of the wasabi and maui onion poke. A lot of folks grab these to make fish tacos from, add to rice bowls, or just eat from the container.
I opted to eat my poke on the porch later that night with some Maui onion potato chips for a bit of extra salt.
If raw fish isn’t your thing, skip this meal but if you are into sushi definitely order the wasabi version (the one on the right). It was the best!
For a snack immediately in Koloa I had to order a Hawaiian shaved ice at some point on this vacation. I wasn’t a big fan when I had it on Maui but Yelp assured me that the Loco Coco food truck across the street from the shops in Old Koloa Town was the place to get it.
It was a very cute spot with tables to eat food and linger. But not too long or the roosters would come after you.
It was a really good Hawaiian shaved ice. I ordered half pineapple and half strawberry topped with coconut cream. The regular order is $7 (!!!!) but Loco Coco makes everything homemade so it isn’t just a prepackaged syrup. The coconut cream on top really made it though.
With my sugar coma setting in I drove back to my AirBnB to settle in for the sunset and eat my poke.