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Everyone at Aloha Mahi'ai loves good food! Though you will certainly eat well on the farm, you may want to explore and try something new. Over the many years of living and eating on the Big Island, we keep finding ourselves going back to these same spots over and over and over again. All of our favorites are locally owned and offer Vegetarian options too!
Best Thai Food: Hilo is blessed with many fantastic Thai restaurants, but one stands tall. It is so good that the readers of the Hawaii Tribune Herald voted Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine "Best Thai Food" on the Big Island for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014!
We Recommend: Coconut soup, trust us it's amazing!
Best Sushi: Hawaii is an incredibly diverse state, and you will find plenty of Asian cuisine here - so it says a lot when Sushi Rock has won so many awards and continues to impress on every visit. If you happen to find yourself in the Kohala area of the Big Island, you are doing yourself a great injustice if you miss this spot for lunch or dinner, right off Highway 270. Besides incredible sushi rolls, they also serve refreshing cocktails and fantastic salads (we always get the Mac Nut Chevre). Check out their website for more specific details, and for the love of sushi, just go!
We Recommend: The Way We Roll with local grass fed seared Tenderloin.
Best Fine Dining: Find yourself out on the town, dressed up and feeling a little glamorous? Hilo may be tight on options but there's really only one place you want to go - Hilo Bay Cafe. Hilo Bay Cafe is a treasure, with local and organic ingredients featured on their menu. Check out their website for hours because they do close between meals, but they do three menus for Lunch, Afternoon, and Dinner - and all are great. Reservations recommended for dinner and weekends.
We Recommend: The Awapuhi cocktail, a tasty concoction of passion fruit and ginger.
Best Japanese: There is plenty of Japanese food in Hilo but Miyo's casual atmosphere and family style comfort food is what we keep coming back for. They are located in a strip mall between Manono and Hinano street, just off Kekuanaoa street. Miyo's is open Monday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Making reservations for dinner is highly recommended, they are always busy Miyo's is BYOB if you want to bring some drinks.
We Recommend: Going hungry and trying a combo plate so you get a little bit of everything!
Best Diner: Ken's House of Pancakes is a local institution, and the only place to eat in Hilo after 10:00 p.m. It has a huge menu with all items available 24 hours a day. Ken's offers many classic diner dishes alongside a taste of Hawaiian favorites like Saimin and Loco Mocos. If you're really hungry look for the Sumo-sized items! Conveniently located on the corner of Highways 19 and 11.
We Recommend: The Chef's Choice Omelette, with hash browns and pancakes
Best Vietnamese: It should be noted that Yen's Cafe is not, in fact, a cafe at all (don't be fooled by the sign advertising espresso drinks). But they do serve very, very good Vietnamese food, enhanced by the fresh herbs grown in the garden out back. The customer service is lacking, and you can only pay with cash, but it's worth it, we promise. Healthy, fresh, and flavorful - you'll get it at Yen's!
We Recommend: Bun (cold vermicelli noodles over a salad) with your choice of meat, spring rolls, or tofu for lunch on a hot day, or Pho (hot Vietnamese noodle soup) on a cold rainy day.
Best Kanak Attack: You know that feeling you get when you've just eaten way too much and just want to take a nap? That's what Hawaiians call a Kanak Attack, and Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea serves them up daily. Pictured to the right is what they consider breakfast for one person - those sides of pancakes are the size of dinner plates!
Honorable Mention: In both the bayfront area of Hilo and the tiny harbor town of Kawaihae you'll find Cafe Pesto, home to great salads, pizzas, calzones, cocktails, and more. Check out their website for information about both locations, making reservations (a good idea on weekends), directions, and phone numbers.
We Recommend: Going with a friend and sharing a Volcano Mist salad and the Southwestern pizza.