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Hawaii — By byun on June 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm
Filed under: deli, featuredarticle, Kauai, seafood

The Fish Express

Lihue’s the “big city” on Kauai, but to most visitors to the Garden Isle it’s just a quaint little town full of cute eateries and shops.  Kauai is perhaps the most laid back of Hawaii’s main islands, and in Lihue it shows.  There’s less attention paid to the buildings and city life.  More emphasis is placed on nature in Kauai, and that’s the way it should be.

While some things change on Kauai,  most things stay the same. The few changes to Lihue, though, are striking: there’s a big Walmart on the main drag, as well as boutiques and fancy restaurants sprouting up around town. But most visitors enjoy the simple local eats, and the Fish Express(conveniently located across the street from Walmart) the perfect Kauai-style deli for those looking for seafood and poke.

The Fish Express is a deli-style store that serves up special fish plates and local favorites like every “flavor” of poke, pipikaula and seafood salad. I sampled a little bit of a lot: lobster salad, limu poke, spam musubi, macadamia nut crusted ahi and garlic and herb opakapaka, just to name a few. There were also bentos, fish burritos and sandwiches as well as shrimp plates.

The seafood is so fresh that it doesn’t smell a bit fishy in the store, and the prices are very reasonable: $6.95 for bentos, $8.95 for most seafood plates, $11.95 for a pound of ahi poke. The only slight downside is that there’s not in-house seating, so you have to take your food to go. (There’s a park around the corner that provides a decent enough setting for lunch).

The Fish Express
3343 Kuhio Hwy
Lihue, Kauai, HI

Photo courtesy of Brenda Yun

Tags: deli, featuredarticle, Kauai, seafood

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