October 7, 2004
We entered the squeaky door of this establishment and noticed immediately that this place looked like it had been here for quite a long time. It had the ambiance of a small-town diner. At first we were pleasantly surprised because the prices were so reasonable - $10 to $15 for many entrees. In a tourist area, that's pretty reasonable. One thing that was confusing was that, while Emersons is supposed to be a seafood restaurant, they have many non-seafood items on the menu such as pork chops, chicken, etc.
We had time to look over the menu, as the waiter here seemed to truly be on island time. I asked for the snow crab and was told they were out of that. I decided on the terriyaki steak instead. The cut of meat that I was served was very fatty, greasy, tough, and dry. Not to mention the plates, glasses, and silverware were all dirty. This place was more reminiscent of a greasy-spoon type of restaurant than an island seafood restaurant.
Since the restaurants prices were so good, my husband insisted on going back, thinking perhaps the first visit with poor quality food was just a fluke. Once again, I asked for the snow crab. Once again, they were out. I ordered pork chops. I can't say I was surprised when they brought out two fatty, dry, tough pork chops.
Overall, it's worth it to come here for just a burger or sandwich (those seemed ok), but for seafood or steak, head to A Pacific Cafe.
From journal 2 Weeks in Kauai On An East Side Beach - Serenity