Koji's near the Farmer's Market in Hilo
Cafe 100, Hilo
of our Favorite Places to 'Ai, 'ai iho (dine)
There are loads of
wonderful, interesting, and inexpensive places
to eat in East Hawaii.
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Pahoa, which is four
miles past the turn off to our house,
is a small one street town with some of the
best restaurants in East Hawaii.
Ning's Thai Cuisine
has some very good Thai food and is a
favorite among locals.
is at the far end of the main drag on the
left. Seven years ago this restaurant was
called Godmothers and I'll always remember
the Mai Tai and the excellent dinner.
Since 2009 when Kaleo's opened up, the
location has once again earned the
reputation of the best unknown restaurant
on the Big Island. It has an attractive
dining room in a very Puna kind of way.
You will enjoy eating here.
Our neighbor speaks
very highly of Paolo's Bistro - a small
Boogie Woogie Pizza
will deliver pizza to the house (small
delivery fee) 965-5575 - we haven't tried
it yet but again our neighbor loves it and
you can't beat the name. See refrigerator
magnet for phone number.
If you are a fan of
inexpensive Hawaiian barbecue then you
might like the chain L&L which is on
the road heading into Pahoa. It's not
spectacular but my wife and I have used it
when we were looking for something
inexpensive and quick.
- Luquins - the
historic downtown location burned down in
January 2017 and has now re-opened and is
located on the edge of town behind Long's
drug store. The Burrito is gigantic,
smothered in sauce, and can easily be
sharedas a main course for two. The Chile
Relleno is very good as well.
Koji's Lunch Shop -
52 Ponahawai St.(take out only). This is
our latest find. A real hole-in-the-wall
place located near the Farmer's Market.
They specialize in Bento boxes and Loco
Moco. I tried the Koji Loco which was two
burgers and eggs served over rice with
wonderfully sweet brown gravy. We also
tried the breakfast sandwich (burger,
bacon and special egg with lettuce and
tomatoes all served on a nice bun). We
went up the street a couple blocks to a
park and sat at a picnic table to enjoy.
Cafe Pesto is downtown on the
street facing the bay and is popular for
lunch and dinner. They have gourmet
thin crust pizza and pasta dishes. There
specialty is all things basil/pesto. My
wife and I quite enjoyed our meal.
New Chang Mai Thai
Cuisine - 110 Kalakaua Street, downtown
Hilo. This place has excellent food and is
open for lunch and dinner. 969-3777.
Ocean Sushi - 235
Keawe Street in downtown Hilo. This place
has some of the most interesting Sushi and
is very popular with the locals. It's also
popular with us. My advice, look at what
others have ordered and ask the waitress
for what they have. Lunch and dinner,
closed daily from 2pm-5pm and closed on
Cronies - 11
Waianuenue Ave in down town Hilo is a
large sports bar place. Hockey uniforms in
Hawaii? The food is good and they have
several beers on tap.
If you enjoy an
excellent hamburger then try the Hilo
Burger Joint which has a huge
variety of gigantic burgers and if it's
your birthday they even give you a free
burger. The Hilo Bay Burger is a favorite
among locals. Look for the bright red
building at 776 Kilauea Ave.
At the foot of
Highway 11 heading towards Hilo from
the airport sit two places you might try.
Verna's is a drive in type of place and is
inexpensive. Ken's Pancake House serves
all kinds of food. I think Ken's is
overrated but it is arguably the most
popular restaurant in Hilo.
A famous fast food
place is Cafe 100 (969 Kilauea Ave) is one
of my wife's favorites though I'm not much
of a fan.
- Pineapples is an
open-air restaurant in downtown Hilo (332
Keawe St.). They serve very good food and
interesting mixed drinks (closed on
- Another place
that renters have recommended is Ponds (135
Kalanianaole Ave.) located on the bay.
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