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Tamari Japanese Lunch Shop

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

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. 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 [...]

Puka Puka Kitchen

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

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.

Ma’ona Lunch Counter

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Readers have been telling me that Maona has some mean grinds. Finally made it here! A little 2-man operated lunch counter right next to the Farmer’s Market. Their menu is simple but looks so good! Unfortunately, they were already out of rice. They are known to have some good plate lunches so we were bummed. [...]

Island Natural’s Ahi Bento

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Love Island Natural’s ahi bento and poke! These guys make eating healthy taste good. Lightly breaded tender pieces of ahi over brown rice with a tasty teri sauce. The beauty is all of the little sides… juicy shitake mushroom, curry tofu salad, and even little pretty edible flowers! The poke is from their amazing salad [...]

Uncle Don’s Ohana Grill (formerly Restaurant Kaikodo)

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Last time I’ve been to the Kaikodo building was about 5 years ago when Restaurant Kaikodo was still open. The food was great and the ambiance super nice. Sadly, they ended up closing and it’s been empty for awhile, until Uncle Don’s Ohana Grill opened up just a few months ago. Don’s Ohana Grill is [...]

How for order at Hilo Lunch Shop in 10 steps

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

No matter how many times I’ve been here before, I still feel nervous ordering. You need to know what you want to order. Man, da pressure is a lot for an indecisive guy like me! I always refer tourists here for a great lunch… you know, somewhere the real locals eat. But if even I’m [...]