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Kiawe Roots

A culinary experience at Kauai’s Kiawe Grill is a must for those seeking a perfect blend of Hawaiian tradition and modern sophistication. The very essence of Kiawe, Hawaiian for mesquite, infuses each dish with a unique smoky flavor, creating a dining experience with memorable tastes.

From Food Truck to Storefront

The journey of Kiawe Grill began as a humble food truck named Roots in Culture, evolving into a refined restaurant that seamlessly combines a laid-back cookout ambiance with an upscale modern flair. This establishment, now known as Kiawe Grill, invites patrons to savor the tropical spirit of the island through its innovative menu. Many of the dishes that had their roots in the food truck are still served in the restaurant today.

Kiawe Roots Menu: Breakfast & Lunch

For breakfast, Kiawe Grill offers a delightful twist on classic favorites. Indulge in the luscious lilikoi pancakes adorned with candied macadamia nuts, or savor the sunrise pulled pork featuring calamansi mango vinaigrette and a perfectly cooked sunny egg. Each bite is a harmonious symphony of flavors that captures the essence of Kauai’s vibrant culinary scene.

Kiawe Roots Menu: Dinner

Come evening, start your dinner with the fried brussels sprouts appetizer—a local favorite that transcends expectations. The incorporation of candied macadamia nuts, pickled beets, roasted garlic, and lilikoi honey vinaigrette elevates this dish into a culinary revelation. Kiawe Grill offers a diverse selection of smoked meats, from mouthwatering brisket to succulent huli chicken. The kalbi bowl is another favorite, serving up perfectly marinated meat with your choice of additional sauce. Sandwich and salad enthusiasts will also find a tempting array of options to satisfy their cravings.

Kiawe Roots Menu: Drinks & Dessert

To complement your meal, Kiawe Grill presents a curated selection of beer as well as wine available by the glass or bottle. Conclude your dining experience on a sweet note with a scoop of Lappert’s ice cream, a perfect finale to an unforgettable meal at Kiawe Grill. Support a local small business while immersing yourself in the flavors of Kauai, where tradition meets innovation in every delectable bite.

Planning Your Visit to Kiawe Roots

Kiawe Roots is located in Kauai’s south side town of Lawai at 2-3687 Kaumualii Hwy. They are open Monday through Friday from 8am-1pm for breakfast and lunch and Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm-8:30pm for dinner. They are closed on Sundays. Kiawe Roots offers an intimate setting with limited seating, so reservations are encouraged but not required.