Most of our friends stress about packing before a trip, but our main source of anxiety is how to fit 30 different restaurants into seven days. However, we’d very happily eat at Nalu’s three times a day, which is saying something. It’s a perfect spot to bring a group or a family that includes kids because of the casual open-air setting, the large tables inside and on the patio, and the fact that you order at the counter. There’s also a full bar with one of our favorite drinks on the island, their kimchi Bloody Mary (served all day). And if your morning beach walk turned into a morning beach nap, breakfast items are available until 2:30pm, with some, like the loco moco and the chicken and waffles, on the menu all day.
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