January 7, 2016
There’s no doubt that the Big Island is HUGE! With so much to see and experience, it’s best to either take a tour or get ready for a road-trip! With the endless scenery and limitless activities to enjoy, visitors can surely work up an appetite! Fear not…we’ve got you covered. No matter where you are on the island, we’ve got your GO-TO restaurant for all 5 corners of The Big Rock.
Here’s the breakdown: Kona, Hilo, Volcano, Waikoloa, and Waimea. Surely, you can get to any one of these spots before you can say, “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.”
Kona – Humpy’s Alehouse – This is a great restaurant and bar located on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona. With spectacular views of Kailua Bay, Humpy’s provides an extensive list of beers to go with their array of classic bar staples with some Hawaiian and island favorites. From their warm oven sandwiches and pizzas to their fish tacos, Humpy’s has everything to satisfy anyone. http://humpyskona.com/ Other favorites include: Foster’s Kitchen, Big Island Grill, and Splasher’s.
Beautiful ocean views and a great way to wind down after a day in Kona.
Hilo – CAFE PESTO – With 2 locations, this gem is not to be missed. Conveniently located in the Kawaihae Shopping Center (west side) and on Hilo Bay (east side), it can be easily added to a day of touring the island for lunch or dinner. They offer locally sourced Hawaiian-Italian fusion dishes. They first opened in 1988 as a small take-out pizzeria and have since become one of the most talked about restaurants on Hawaii Island. Even the kids love it! http://cafepesto.com/ One of our other favorites is Jackie Rey’s in Hilo.
A perfect Italian eatery in downtown Hilo – Cafe Pesto.
Volcano – KILAUEA LODGE – Located in Volcano Village and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here, guests are treated to the continental cuisine of Chef Albert Jeyte. It is located close to Volcanoes National Park and is scrumptious after a long day of hiking. This part of the island can tend to be much cooler, some might even say cold, and warming up next to the International Fireplace of Friendship is an added treat to the amazing food they serve. http://kilauealodge.com/restaurant/ In Volcano one other option would be the ‘Ohelo Cafe.
An excellent option after hiking around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Kilauea Lodge.
Waikoloa – THE BLUE ROOM – Chef Norio’s newest restaurant, located in The Shops at Mauna Lani. The Blue Room is a French restaurant reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie, but with a Hawaiian Twist. They are open for lunch and dinner with both indoor and outdoor seating available. Don’t miss out on their version of the Loco Moco…there are truffles on it! Amazing! http://www.theblueroomhi.com/ Other favorites include: Daylight Mind Cafe, Roy’s Waikoloa, Tommy Bahama, Brown’s Beach House, or Pueo Osteria in Waikoloa Village. Waikoloa is for food lovers.
What a find! Check them out in the Mauna Lani Shops.
Waimea – MERRIMAN’S – With locations on Hawaii Island, Maui, Kauai, and Oahu (Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman), Chef Peter Merriman continues to wow the taste buds of visitors and locals. He is known as being the pioneer of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement and continues to offer the freshest ingredients available locally. Merriman’s is located in Waimea and is available for lunch or dinner. Their mai-tais are also the best around, topped with a honey lilikoi foam. Yum! https://www.merrimanshawaii.com/waimea/ Waimea has so many great places to eat but we like: Red Water Cafe, Pau, and Fish and Hog.
Merriman’s just does everything right.
Let us know your favorite spots! Knowledge is delicious!
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