Koji's near the Farmer's
Market in Hilo
Cafe 100, Hilo
Some of our Favorite
Places to 'Ai, 'ai
There are loads of wonderful, interesting, and
inexpensive places to eat in East Hawaii.
Here are some comments on a few. Click here
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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.
Kaleo's, 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 Italian place.
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
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.
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
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.
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