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Big Island (Kona Region) Eats?

I'm going to visit Hawaii for the very first time in a couple of weeks and want to know about great food in the Kona region. I'm staying at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa and I'm looking for good places near there. I've also heard a lot about the plate specials and would love to try those as well! Price isn't a huge concern - I just want to hear about great food!

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  1. It is great to be able to escape the mega-resorts and get some low-key and lower-priced food.

    I enjoyed Cafe Pesto which is north of Kona in the town of Kawaihae.

    There is a Vietnamese cafe called BaLe in the Kona Coast shopping center that is inexpensive and good.

    Waimea is charming and has a less touristy vibe than Kona - good coffee shops and restaurants.
    Here is a link that might be helpful: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/259244

    Mahalo!

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    1. re: bodie

      Glad to hear about Cafe Pesto. We dined at the Hilo location TWICE, and it was very good. I did not know about the Kona spot, but will look into it on the next visit.

      Thanks,
      Hunt

    2. Local food/cheap eats.

      Big Island Grill -
      Here's my review: http://vegasbuff.blogspot.com/2007/06...

      Splasher's Grill - Stick with the basics like pancakes, burgers, wraps.

      Manago Hotel - Famous for their pork chops and very reasonably priced.

      Teshima's - Home style Japanese food, also affordable.

      Upscale/Higher End

      Hualalai Grille -
      My review: http://vegasbuff.blogspot.com/2007/06...

      Merriman's Restaurant -
      My review: http://vegasbuff.blogspot.com/2007/06...

      Coast Grille - Sit on the terrace and watch the sunset if you can. I've read mixed reviews about the place, but I had a wonderful meal there.

      1. I was there a week ago and have a few suggestions.

        - In Waimea we had a great lunch at Charlie's Thai ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/428877 ).

        - On a friend's recommendation, we went to the Fairmont Orchid for lunch at their beach bar cafe (next to Brown's restaurant there). You sit at tables with your feet in the sand with sea turtles just beyond the rock wall. Their fish sandwich special (mahi mahi that day) was very good.

        - Down the coast a bit from Kailua-Kona is the Coffee Shack. It's well known, but is really a "don't miss" for the great view from their deck. The food was just OK but worth it anyway.

        - Big Island Grill in Kailua-Kona for very good breakfasts (probably other meals also) in a coffee shop atmosphere. My ahi and eggs were excellent (try getting that in a coffee shop on the mainland).

        1. In Kona, our best experience - twice!, was at O's Bistro. Casual and at least $10 less per person than the equivalent on Maui for really superb food. No view . Make a reservation as it ain't that big and then go and enjoy a wonderful meal.

          1. I second Cafe Pesto--one of our favorite stops! O's Bistro is good too (though we liked it better when it was Oodles of Noodles!)

            For a fancy night out, we like the Four Seasons Hualalai...beautiful views!