Friday, April 27, 2012

Places to Eat in Kona, Part II

The best place in Kona to be for breakfast is, of course, Holualoa Inn, where our own Chef Brian prepares tantalizing dishes laden with fresh fruit and produce from our gardens, not to mention newly laid eggs from the hen house and fresh-squeezed juice from our orchard.

The Fish Hopper restaurant
For lunch and dinner, guests of Holualoa Inn have many options of places to eat in town. On the waterfront on Ali‘i Drive, The Fish Hopper restaurant serves up fresh catch of the day, delectable clam chowder made daily and a roster of excellent entrees, salads and desserts. The open-air restaurant showcases great views of Kailua Bay, and is within walking distance of historic attractions like Hulihe‘e Palace and Mokuaikaua Church.

Another good oceanfront find is Don the Beachcomber, located near the lobby of the Royal Kona Resort. A throwback to the Trader Vic tiki era, the venue offers the best view of Kailua Bay, bar none. And speaking of bars, if you want to go out for a sunset cocktail, Don the Beachcomber is the place to go for a lovely night out on the town.

Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
For thai food with a view, we recommend Thai Rin restaurant, also located near the waterfront on Ali‘i Drive. The food here is reasonably priced, the service quick and the cooking, divine. And if you still have room for dessert, don't miss the mango ice cream with sweet sticky rice. Fresh fish, Hawaiian style, can be found at Da Poke Shack, a roadside attraction near Banyans surf spot that prepares traditional poke (raw fish diced into cubes). A visit to the newly opened Sam Choy's Kai Lanai at the Keauhou Shopping Center should also be on your Kona Coast culinary itinerary.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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