Big Island Grill, Kailua Kona

March 23rd, 2013 by James

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Looking for a place to grind in Kona? Skip the resorts and anywhere on Ali’i drive and head one street up to Big Island Grill. You won’t find a loco moco like this anywhere nearby.

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We got a super loco ($11.25). Choose 3 types of meat.

“Ok coming! My son loaded ‘um up.”, our waitress said with a smile. The family atmosphere in here really warmed up the place.

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Isn’t it lovely? *brief pause to take it all in*

Crispy chicken katsu, juicy tender roast pork, and a nicely grilled homemade burger patty topped with 2 eggs and thick tasty gravy. I don’t think I’ve had all of my favorite things all on one plate before!

We also shared some banana pancakes ($7.25). These were light and moist. Bananas were sweet.

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Come early. It was packed by 9am on a Saturday with a long wait list.

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Big Island Grill
75-5702 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Cousins Seafood & Bento

June 1st, 2012 by James

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Brand new lunch shop on the corner of Kilauea and Lanikaula next to Subway. Very friendly family run place. Menu looks great with focus on fresh home style local cooking.

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Pan seared ahi steaks with spicy sauce ($8.50). Really good and fresh fish and very generous portion. Great with their spicy sauce. Loved their potato mac salad with spaghetti noodles. Next time I would request the ahi cooked on the rarer side. It was cooked all the way through… a bit dry but still good.

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Large bento ($7.50). This was one big bento. The highlight was the garlic chicken. So ono! Lots of good sushi too.

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Mahi fish sandwich w/ fries and soup ($9.00). Yummy sandwich, just wish there was more fish!

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Good beef stew ($7.95). Tender meat and seasoned well. Loved that they gave pickled onions as an option on their plates. Nothing too special about the stew though.

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Oxtail soup ($10.95) on Fridays! They have different soups on Mondays and Wednesdays too. I loved this soup. Nicely balanced broth. Not too salty. Would order this again. Could use a little more oxtail.

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Garlic chicken ($7.50). This plate was so amazing. It’s the same chicken in the bento but much better since it’s fresh! Four huge crispy pieces of chicken smothered on a sweet garlic sauce. On the side I got sweet potato salad and tossed greens. Could not finish this! Highly recommended.

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Cousins Seafood & Bento
1-808-969-9900
Corner of Kilauea & Lanikaula St

Tamari Japanese Lunch Shop

April 18th, 2012 by James

Great new little Japanese lunch shop in Downtown Hilo! It’s really just a hole in the wall, but the quality of food was super yummy and prepared with love.

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Pork curry, crisp tofu croquette, brown rice, and a fresh salad with really yummy miso dressing. ($6.50). I really loved the curry. It was rich and flavorful yet didn’t taste too oily. Pork was tender and juicy. It went perfectly with everything else. I was happy!

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Bev had a small bento ($3.50) of beef bulgogi and rice. It was great! Bev said the rice was cooked perfectly too.

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Tamari Japanese Lunch Shop
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm
22 Furneaux Ln, Hilo Hawaii
(808) 933-1323

Puka Puka Kitchen

December 17th, 2011 by James

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Chicken Katsu Don ($10.75). Light and crispy slightly sweet batter. Juicy chicken. Not too oily. Nice curried rice underneath. Beautiful fresh salad with a rich yogurt dressing.

Also highly recommended is their Ahi Don!

Located right in downtown Hilo. Perfect place for a quick lunch while cruising downtown.

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Hilo Farmers Market – Buy Local!

August 15th, 2011 by James

Where else can you get all of this for around 20 bucks in Hawaii?

From top left, clockwise:  eggplants, okra, avocados (so buttery), apple bananas (sweetest), white sugar loaf pineapple (like pure sugar), cilantro (super fragrant), long beans, bittermelon, jalapenos, and the most juicy ripe local tomatoes.

We go to the farmer’s market here in Hilo at least once a week to stock up on our produce with the tastiest organic fruits and vegetables ever, grown locally.  So much cheaper and better than the stuff shipped in… why buy anywhere else?

I find it crazy when I go to a restaurant here and find a tastless rock hard tomato on my burger or salad.  We live in such a fertile place with cheap produce.  Buy local!

Neon Green Lunch Truck | Industrial Area Hilo (Wiwoole St)

June 15th, 2011 by James

It was 12:30pm.  A long line formed at this bright neon green lunch truck.  (photo was taken after I left)

By the time I got in line, everything was sold out except lasagna and chicken.  The guy in front of me ordered the last two servings of hamburger steak.  Their menu was even taken down.  Bummers.

“What kine chicken you get?” , I asked.  ”Katsu, Spicy Korean, Spicy BBQ, Cutlet w/gravy”, this big but friendly man replied.   I took a cutlet with gravy.  $5 bucks.

What a happy surprise when I opened my plate!  They put in a hamburger steak too!  Awesome.  The cutlet was the highlight.  Soft and juicy and very fresh and crispy outside.  Gravy was good.  Not too salty.  Hamburger steak was average… a little tough, but I wasn’t complaining.  Mac salad was really good.  It may seem like a simple thing, but it takes skill and passion to make a well balanced mac salad.

Definitely will be back.  Just a little earlier next time!