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help on the big island!

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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. This thread might give you some starting points:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5857...

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

    Aloha,

    Hunt

      1. re: ladybugthepug

        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!

        1. re: manomin

          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.

          1. re: jay 1

            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.

            Hunt