Friday, August 26, 2011

Great New Places to Eat in Kona

Newly opened restaurants on the Kona Coast are serving up excellent dining options for residents and visitors alike. Whether you're in the mood for Pacific Rim cuisine, traditional Hawaiian fare, Asian specialties or a good old-fashioned steak, you'll find a bounty of choices during your stay on the Big Island.

Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum
Surfing enthusiasts should definitely check out the new Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Surf Museum located at the King's Shops in Waikoloa. The Hawaiian-owned and operated venue pays tribute to the late, big-wave surfing legend who lost his life at sea in 1978. With two bars upstairs and downstairs, the restaurant features lakeside seating outside, as well as an upscale menu created by Chef Scott Lutey, formerly of Tommy Bahamas at the Shops at Mauna Lani. Don't miss the Aikau 16-oz. ribeye or the Kalua pork Spring Rolls laden in secret sauce. If you're in the mood for a luau, try the luau plate served with taro hash and a scoop of ahi tartar. Eddie's brother, Solomon, lives on the Big Island and is one of the restaurant's owners. He and his family donated most of the Eddie memorabilia on display, including his famous red and white surf trunks, plus a replica of his longboard, which hangs above the bar.

Lemongrass Bistro in Kailua-Kona
Ono Sashimi at Lemongrass Bistro
Closer to town, the Lemongrass Bistro is a best-kept secret, conveniently located across from the library at Kuakini and Hualalai roads. One of the owners is also the resident chef at Brown's Beach House. He and his wife have collaborated on a menu that specializes in Asian-fusion cuisine, featuring everything from Thai, Laotian and Vietnamese to Japanese influences and more. The affordable menu features an excellent roster of appetizers under $7, while entrees average between $10 and $15. The restaurant accommodates late-night patrons until 11 p.m., and is also open for lunch daily.

Here at Holualoa Inn, breakfast features the culinary creations of our own Chef Brian Conaway. He's always in the kitchen cooking up something special with the many fruits and produce that grow on the property. When you stay at our tropical Hawaiian bed and breakfast in Kona, you're likely to be treated to his special Punalu‘u French Toast, fresh-baked banana bread and many specialties featuring lilikoi, guava, pineapple, figs, avocado, mango, banana, and of course, our own homegrown 100-percent Kona coffee.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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