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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.

  1. h
    HIeats Apr 7, 2009 10:02 AM

    Hilo Bay Cafe
    http://www.foodandwine.com/restaurant...

    1. l
      ladybugthepug 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/marvelous-merrimans.html

      Mi's Italian Bistro http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03/mis-italian-bistro.html

      Rapanui Island Cafe http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/02/going-to-rapanui-and-im-not-talking.html

      Holuakoa Cafe and Gardens http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03/holuakoa-cafe-and-gardens.html

      Keei Cafe http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/02/keei-cafe-on-our-first-day.html

      Cheap Eats

      Huli Sue's http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03/huli-sues.html

      Roadhouse Cafe http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/02/big-island-day-2-at-roadhouse.html

      Ceviche Dave's http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2009/03/ceviche-daves.html

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

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      1. re: ladybugthepug
        manomin 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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          j
          jay 1 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.

          1. re: jay 1
            Bill Hunt 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.

            Hunt

      2. Bill Hunt Apr 5, 2009 09:19 PM

        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

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