Dining Outside the Home: Eating House 1849 in Poipu, Kauai 

Dining Outside the Home: Eating House 1849 in Poipu, Kauai. Paying homage to one of the first restaurants on the island in the mid 19th century was easy. Hawaii’s abundant blend of local flavor came from neighboring farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. And it’s still true today. If you build it, they will come. Word of mouth sent us on a quest for the Hapa Burger. Never heard of it? Me either. It’s a combination of grilled lean beef, wild boar, and Portuguese sausage. The robust burger is built with a mountain of condiments that require two skewers to contain it for that first juicy bite. You may appreciate a swig of Moscow Mule served in a frosted copper mug to wash things down. The seasoned edamame snackers provided a salty crunch before dinner arrived. A respectable nod goes to Peter Fernandez, one of the original culinary chefs from 1849. His inspirational quote is painted on the wall. It says, “Esposa feliz, vida feliz”, which means “Happy wife, happy life.” Truer words were never spoken. 

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