And food in Hawaii.
We miss it.
While we were on Kauai a few weeks ago, we mostly shopped at the grocery store nearby and cooked in our fabulous rental house. It was a blast, and we all loved cooking together and eating family dinners and playing games every night. We DID, though, go to a few restaurants, and loved every place we got to try.
On our very first morning on the island, before we had any groceries, we had breakfast here, The Garden Cafe at Common Ground. It was recommended to our friends, and we are SO glad we got to go there. We love Love LOVED it.
The Common Ground grounds (weird) are wonderful – beautiful, open, and green with mountains surrounding on all sides. There are a few buildings, and the property seems to be a functioning farm. From the website I learned that in addition to the cafe, weddings and other functions are held on the grounds. IMAGINE. Gorgeous.
Everything on the brunch menu was fresh, healthy, and delicious. I can’t say a single bad thing about this place. The format of the restaurant is really casual: order at the main counter, get your food from a window, water available on a self-service stand, clear your own table for others to use later. It’s great and has a really communal feel that we loved. The open-air covered seating area (nothing inside except the kitchen) was my favorite feature; the weather on the island is basically the perfect temperature every day to never need heat OR air, so being outside in the breeze was the best part of the entire trip, and this meal.
I got The Works bagel, which was delicious and light and wonderful. Bacon and raw cheddar with veggies – what’s not to like? It comes with egg, which I omitted because I don’t like eggs very much. Sorry. I mainly ordered this because it has sprouts on it, and I have two things with sprouts in restaurants. First, I love them. So, there’s that. Second, I have a theory that if a restaurant is functional enough to use sprouts before they go bad, other things must be going really well in the kitchen. Sprouts go bad REALLY fast, so most places don’t buy them because they don’t use them in time, they’re expensive, etc. If a place can use them effectively then I assume that the kitchen is in good working order. I was right – everything else we ordered was delicious.
Also highly recommended by the staff was the Huevos Rancheros, which yielded a massive amount of healthy, delicious food with tons of flavor. Jay got this and LOVED it. I tasted the salsa and kale (!) on the bottom, and HOLYSHITFLAVOR was it good. I want kale and salsa in my breakfast every day.
The other extra special thing that we tried was mochi bread, which was WONDERFUL. I think it was made with blue potatoes and mochi, and it was buttery, flavorful, and reminded me of Japan, like lots of the foods in Hawaii did.
After breakfast we walked around the grounds, saw the farm (organic! products served in the cafe!) and PETTED GOATS. Yay! Our friend Scott was particularly enamored with one goat; we had to be rather forceful getting him to continue on our walk.
Go to Kauai. Eat your first breakfast at Common Ground. It’s a perfect embodiment of the island and all it has to offer, and you definitely will want to go back.
Thanks for the great meal!