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Dining Out Paleo(ish): Bar Acuda (Hanalei, HI)

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Kauai is gorgeous, but when it comes to restaurants, this little island isn’t regarded as a foodie haven. Really. I shit you not.

However, as an eternal optimist, I’m convinced that every culinary wasteland has a hidden gem somewhere. After lots of research and word of mouth recommendations from friends, I came across Bar Acuda in Hanalei.

Bar Acuda is a tapas restaurant owned by Jim Moffat, a former San Francisco chef who helmed the kitchens at 42 Degrees and The Slow Club. I was a big fan of 42 Degrees way back in the mid-90’s when Fitbomb and I ate out all the time. Man, it’s been a long time since we were young and childless with disposable income…

For dinner tonight, our party of seven split a bunch of small plates that included:

Medjool dates with celery salad, shaved parmesan, and aged balsamic vinegar…

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…roasted beet salad with arugula, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, and citrus vinaigrette…

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…Banderillas: grilled flank steak skewers with honey and chipotle chili oil…

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…spicy squid with roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic olive oil, and lemon zest…

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…house made chorizo with grilled apple…

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…seared Ono with white beans, carrots, and olives…

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…slow braised pork shoulder with polenta fries and gremolata…

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…and grilled rib eye with potato gratin and truffle herb butter.

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Yes, I tasted everything except for the obvious Paleo no-no’s (e.g. polenta fries, white beans, etc.) and I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner.

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In my opinion, the only miss was the seared Ono. The fish was a tad overcooked — and it came with white beans. My faves were the rib eye steak and pork shoulder. What can I say? This girl loves her meat and Bar Acuda delivered! 

All in all, Bar Acuda was a winner. It serves up delicious, locally-sourced, meticulously-prepared chow on the North Shore. We’ll definitely be back!