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A pioneer in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Maui-based chef Peter Merriman first expanded onto Kauai with his gourmet restaurant, Merriman’s Fish House ★★ (open for dinner Monday–Saturday; main courses $26–$59). Although the elevated dining room still merits a splurge, you’re more likely to make repeat trips to the casual restaurant on its ground floor. The thin-crust organic wheat pizzas come with island ingredients such as roasted Hamakua mushrooms or kalua pork with grilled pineapple, as well as classics such as pepperoni and sausage. Burgers feature local grass-fed beef and lamb, although the turkey option ($13), with Asian pear, white cheddar, and arugula, is also popular. Fries are extra ($5) but worth ordering. Daily happy hour deals include 25% off all food and wine; entrees on the children’s menu cost $9–$10.