Story by Anni Caporuscio

Photos by Steven Meredith

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French Toast with side of papaya, bacon, and scrambled eggs.

We all know Kountry Kitchen. It’s an Eastside Kaua‘i restaurant, favorite for comfort food and good, honest grinds.

With two glorious menu pages of breakfast food, plus a lunch menu carrying sandwiches and a burger bar, Kountry Kitchen colorfully blends local and farm food. And the service is friendly and fast.

They are famous for their Traditional Loco Moco (two scoops of rice, two eggs, burger patty and gravy) and their Pancakes (you can mix and match flavors!), and they also serve daily specials. The Biscuits and Gravy special featured their homemade biscuits, sausage patties and eggs on the side, and it is a big and satisfying breakfast, for sure!

Grilled Pork Chops and Eggs, with the obligatory side of bacon.

Grilled Pork Chops and Eggs, with the obligatory side of bacon.

Something notable about the menu is how easily you can customize your meal. There is Create Your Omelette, Mix and Match Pancakes, substitute meats for your Loco Moco, long lists to customize your Breakfast Sandwiches, a Burger Bar, and more.

In the midst of what we’ve grown to love about Kountry Kitchen over the last 43 years — that’s right, est. 1972! — there are new things happening that owner Susana Espinosa wants you to know about.

Susana, who has owned Kountry Kitchen for the last 20 years, graciously sat with us, in between setting tables, delivering meals and chatting with customers in the busy café.