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Upcoming trip to Big Island-Going from Hilo to Volcano and need Rec

For breakfast and lunch- will start from Hilo airport around 9am then drive to volcano and do tourist stuff. Please suggest your best recs for great breakfast and/or lunch ideas.

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  1. ken''s house of pancakes in hilo, not far from the airport. it is not gourmet, but it is good, a hilo institution, open 24 hours and you would be hard pressed to find a better example of a "local" diner.

    at all costs avoid the food at the volcano house inside the park. get something in volcano village, kiawe kitchen or thai thai restaurant (kilauea lodge is only open for dinner)

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      I thought the thai restaurant in Volcano was very good.

      1. re: Quince

        Perhaps some of the best thai ever. We were lucky to be staying in VV so got it for takeout back at the ranch twice!

    2. Just spent a week on big island. Volcano House is closed for repairs. Kilauea Lodge maybe a bit pricey, but good. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check their website for times. Ken's is good for breakfast or lunch.

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      Volcano House
      Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, HI 96785

      Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant
      19-3948 Old Volcano Rd., Volcano, HI 96785

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      1. re: Tomball

        wow, when did kilauea lodge start opening for more than dinner...thats great.

      2. I'd go to Cafe 100 for some local food but also eggs and that. Try the loco moco. They're the inventor. You can also get plate lunch. The mahi mahi + kailua pig + fried chicken plate is my favorite. Cheap and casual but hearty.

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        Cafe 100
        969 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720

        1. The Hilo Bay Cafe in Hilo is an excellent lunch spot. Very hip and delicious burgers and salads. If I remember right, very tasty sweet potato fires!

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          Hilo Bay Cafe
          315 Makaala St, Hilo, HI 96720

          1. Keep recs coming!! Will do Ken's for breakfast then head to Volcano to do the toursit stuff then head back to Hilo after covering as many tourist must see spots as possible. Probably will leave Volcano around 1pm so will have 5 hours to sight see-perhaps via a town that has a MUST have lunch for us to stop by. I know this is food blog but wont mind if you suggest a route that includes a great lunch spot on the way back to Hilo.

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            1. re: UES Mayor

              A vegetarian option in Volcano Village is the recently opened "Ono Cafe" at Volcano Garden Arts gallery...salads, soups and a bit more, but healthy and fresh with lovely grounds and gallery for a leisurely lunch. Lunch only.

              Located at the lower end of the village main drag: Old Volcano Road.

              If you are in Volcano on Sunday morning, don't miss the farmer's market...delicious prepared foods to eat or take away, fresh pastries and local coffee, as well as produce and some crafts. Get there early...by 8 am some of the best stuff is gone.

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              Cafe Ono
              19-3834 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785