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help on the big island!

woofer Apr 5, 2009 05:36 PM

hi everyone. we are planning our first trip to the big island and am unfamiliar of it's layout. we'll be staying at the fairmount orchid. we're looking for a couple must fine dining recs as well as cheap local eats and casual dinners & lunches. we will have a car and are willing to drive 20-30 minutes for a great meal.

thanks in advance.

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  1. Bill Hunt RE: woofer Apr 5, 2009 09:19 PM

    This thread might give you some starting points:

    Note that Alan Wong is no longer at the Four Seasons. Have not been to, nor even heard about the new restaurant.



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      ladybugthepug RE: woofer Apr 6, 2009 08:32 AM

      We went back in January/February. Here are some of our favorites that we blogged about:

      Merriman's http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03...

      Mi's Italian Bistro http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03...

      Rapanui Island Cafe http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/02...

      Holuakoa Cafe and Gardens http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03...

      Keei Cafe http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/02...

      Cheap Eats

      Huli Sue's http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03...

      Roadhouse Cafe http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/02...

      Ceviche Dave's http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03...

      Big Jakes Island BBQ http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03...

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        manomin RE: ladybugthepug Apr 6, 2009 06:43 PM

        Great posts on your blog LBP! I agree with you on Merriman's I've never ever had a bad meal there. I always get an order of their awesome fresh corn for dessert!

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          jay 1 RE: manomin Apr 9, 2009 10:55 PM

          We feel the same way about the corn at Merriman's. It is SO delicious. Definitely our favorite splurge on the Big Island. Great for lunch too.

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            Bill Hunt RE: jay 1 Apr 10, 2009 07:46 PM

            Recently did some Kahuku sweet corn preps at Merriman's on Maui, and their choices of white Burgs paired beautifully. I would assume that Chef Peter Merriman sources his corn from the same plots, for all of his restaurants.

            If so, everything that I have had with the corn, has been excellent. I have to admit that I was a corn-snob (Olathe Sweet), until I had Kahuk Sweet. Now, I know better.


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        HIeats RE: woofer Apr 7, 2009 10:02 AM

        Hilo Bay Cafe

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