What are the good restaurants in Hawaii?

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  1. abefroman

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    What are the good restaurants in Hawaii?

    Heading there this Spring or Summer, not sure which island yet.
     
  2. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Well, first off, take ALLOT of money.  The state in general has become very spendy for anything.  As for food, well, the world is your oyster.  What do you like? You can find just about every Pacific basin cuisine.  My mouth is watering just thinking about all the little holes in the wall joints there are, on all the islands.  I personally like that type of locale, not the "name chef" joints. 
     
  3. chefbillyb

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    Rainbow drive-in for Local breakfast and good Shoyu Chicken plate lunch. Allen Wongs Restaurant ........ Shrimp trucks on the north shore..........Make sure you get down to China town, fun food real local, day time only .........Nico's at Pier 38 and Uncles was also good..............Food court at Ala Moana Ctr has everything to choose from, fast food style. Hot Molasadas just down the street from Rainbow drive-in at Leonards bakery............All on Oahu..............ChefBillyB
     
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  4. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Yeah Boy!!  Hawaiian breakfast is of course Loco Moco, 2 scoops (ice cream disher) of sticky white rice, hamburger patty, fried egg, then drown everything in rich brown gravy... ONO-LICIOUS!! (No really, try it) 

    Gotta go (early, they run out fast) to Libby's in Kalihi for manapua and pork hash, too!! 

    Any 7-11 has the bomb-diggity spam musubi, great snack after the beach. 

    Mitsu ken on School street is the place for garlic (mochi ko) chicken, YUM-O! 

    Now, you hear allot of people talk avout Ono Hawaiian on Kapahulu Ave, but let me tell you about a place that puts them to same, Young's Fish Market.  It's tucked away on Kalani street, a little hard to find, but well worth it.  They have the good stuff.

    Can you tell that I REALLY like food?
     
  5. abefroman

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    Thanks!  Are those places on Oahu? I'm only going to have a change to see the big island this time.

    Yep I know things aren't cheap there.

    I'm looking for some traditional stuff.  A few reasonably priced places and then a few more expensive ones is what I usually like to do.
     
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  6. cheflayne

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    Big Island; Seaside, Hilo Bay Cafe, Cafe Pesto, Sukothai
     
  7. abefroman

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    Thanks!  Know of any on the other side?  I'll be north of Kona
     
     
  8. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Merriman's is always a winner in Kamuela.  Are you going to try a luau?  Some are a real blast!
     
  9. abefroman

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    Thanks! Will check out Merriman's.

    Thinking of going to a Luau, they seemed to have mixed reviews and are pretty pricey.
     
     
  10. kaneohegirlinaz

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    I personally have never been to a commercial luau on Hawaii (the Big Island), only Oahu (Paradise Cove is really fun).  You do need to go snorkeling or diving if  you are going to be on the Kona side!!   Let us know how you do, where you guys go!!  I'd love to hear about it  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif
     
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    I know that this may be contradictory to your island vacation, but there is a very good French restaurant in Kona that was very good for a romantic night and/or just great food. Its called La Bourgogne.  As for breakfast, Aloha Angel Cafe was also pretty good and hearty. Sit on the patio if you can on a sunny morning.  There is also a plate-lunch place near a Longs Drugs but I can't remember the name of it.  But they had terrific crispy pork...it was BBQ pork with a red sauce.  Similar to Chinese BBQ pork but I thought it was better.  And if you go to Volcano National Park, there is a decent brick oven pizza place just off the main drive, but again, for the life of me, I can't remember the name.  But then again, there is only one small village/town near the entrance of the national park, so I'm sure you will find it easily.  They were very busy when I went and I enjoyed the food.  Good luck!
     
  12. abefroman

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    This sounds good!  Was that in Kona?  Which street was it on if you remember?
     
     
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    Sorry for the delay in responding.  I haven't had computer access for a couple of days.  Before I wrote the last comment a few days ago, I searched all my travel books, but I could not remember the name.  Since nothing was jumping out at me during my search on the internet, I resorted to Google Earth to find it.  I zoomed around Kona until I found the Longs Drug Store.  Then I zoomed some more around the parking lot.  When the sites started looking familiar, I knew I was close.  Sadly, Google Earth didn't let me fly into the particular parking lot where this restaurant was.  But, I was finally able to zoom in just enough on a poorly focused business sign off Kopiko Road in Kona and could just make out the words, Kona Mixed Plate!  That was the place.  It is great local food at a great price on the island with good portions.  I then searched for Kona Mixed Plate on the internet.  I hope this information is absolutely wrong, but according to Yelp, Kona Mixed Plate is CLOSED!  NO!!!  I hope that the info is inaccurate because this really was a good local spot.  On our trip, we went there at least three times since it was cheaper than most other places, and we could take leftovers back to our room.  Anyways, if you still want the information, it was 75-5660 Kopiko Plaza in Kailuna-Kona.  It is down the little hill from Longs.  Hopefully it is still there but just remember, this will not be high grade eats.  It is just local homestyle food at a good price.  The price + portions is what made it a great spot to hit on the island.  Very filling and relatively cheap.  Good luck! 
     
  14. abefroman

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    Cool, thanks for the follow up, hopefully its still open.
     
     
  15. kaneohegirlinaz

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    You know, I left Oahu in Late 2007 and hadn't been to Hawaii (the Big Island) since 2006 for a family funeral.  But a fantastic place that our family always loved was Edelweiss in Waimea. 

    German cuisine, yes in Hawaii.  When I googled it though, it seems confusing to me weither or not it is still open. Check with your hotels front desk once you get there, it is worth it. 

    Hope are staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, or one of the fabulous places up there.  Just beautiful!! 
     
  16. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Watched one of those TV Chefs last night

    and he went to one of my favorite places, Rainbow Drive Inn. 

    Oh My Gravy, they made their gravy for

    Loco Moco on the show and I had no idea

    what all went into a simply brown gravy! 

    But man, it is the bomb!!
     
  17. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Abefroman, did you go to Hawaii yet?
     
  18. abefroman

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    Yes, last month, it was awesome!!

    Got mostly local plate lunches, Pine Tree Cafe, Aloha Angel Cafe, L & L, etc  Had to drive a while to get to them, but was well worth it.
     
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    Hawaiian Girl knows her Dakine, Rainbow Drive Inn good Shoyu Chicken, Teriyaki Beef.......All the Japanese buses stop at the Rainbow for the Loco Moco, they do a great business...............Lance is the GM there, we worked for the same company long long ago................ChefBillyB
     
  20. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Oh My… L&L Drive Inn… the ones in Hawaii are sooo much better than the once here on the mainland (franchise that’s why, yea?).  Details Abe, where did you folks stay?  What did you enjoy the most? Least?  Did anything make you go, HUUUMMM?  I long for home…  Teri Beef plate ChefBillyB, oh man... two scoop rice, one scoop mac salad and gravy all over (well not the meat though).