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The Ponds Dining on the Edge was suggested to my wife and I by a local resident of Hilo and we were very happy to be introduced to this wonderful restaurant to dine in. Ponds was a very tranquil dining experience. The restaurant is on stilts above a very large koi pond that is at least an acre in size. It was absolutely gorgeous. While enjoying drinks and dinner you can slide open your window at yout table and enjoy the peaceful scenery of the pond and beautiful koi. It was an elegant but yet very relaxing place to dine at. All in all it was a great experience both in food, service and atmoshpere.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed my 10oz. Rib Eye Steak that was cooked to perfection just as I ordered it. It was served with fresh vegatables, smooth and creamy garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin soup, salad and fresh hot rolls. This just seemed to make the atmosphere that much better. My wife enjoyed a prime rib dinner that looked sensational. She did not have much left on her plate so I know it was good, plus I had to sample her leftovers just to know for sure and it was very tasty. Desserts were offered to us but we had to pass as we were very satisfied and did not have room for anymore eats. The cakes looked very fabulous and I must indulge the next time we dine at Ponds. Ponds gets high marks from me!!! Thanks Deb and Rick, you have a great restaurant.
Updated Nov 29, 2009
Address: 135 Kalanianaole Ave., Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: 808-9347663 (pond)
For an unbelievable eating experience, be sure to have dinner at Mama's Fish House.
This restaurant is a converted beach house located in a coconut grove on a secluded white sand beach. I remember that the atmospere inside was almost as wonderful as outside. All the rooms had spectacular flower arrangements and printed table clothes. The windows were unique; they were hinged and left open to let the tradewinds in. Tropical hardwood walls were decorated with Polynesian artifacts and occasional original oil paintings. There are excellent views of the ocean and beach.
Outside there is a canoe-type boat in the sand with large torches on each side of it.
Many people have pictures taken in that location.
Mama's Fish House has been voted the most poular restaurant on Maui for many years. In addition, it has won the five-star Diamond Hospitality Award for seven years running. Also the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence has been awarded the restaurant for seven years.
They have a lunch menu as well as the dinner menu and boast about Mama's "Our Gift Shop".
Favorite Dish: The menu includes many APPETIZERS such as Shrimp Won Tons with Macadamia nut dipping sauce, Macadamia Nut Crab Cakes with fire and ice relish, and Ahi Poke (Sashimi-quality Ahi, Maui onion, soy sauce and roasted Kukui nut).
They offer SOUPS such as Polynesian Lobster Soup with coconut, fresh spinach and breadfruit crisp or Seafood Chowder with crab, clams, and fish.
The menu also offers various SALADS.
Most of the ENTREES have to do with seafood, but they do offer Crispy Kalua Duck with mango-mui glaze and Big Island "Kamuela Pride" New York Steak with ***ake Mushroom bordelaise.
Allan and I ordered and really enjoyed a fresh Mahimahi caught that day along the north shore of Maui and stuffed with lobster, crab, and Maui onion and baked in a Macadamia nut crust. It was so delicious
Mama's Fish House is a bit pricey, but we thought that it was worth every cent we spent.
Updated Jun 4, 2005
Address: 799 Poho Place, Paia, Hawaii 96779
This is by far the best Hawaiian food I have tasted yet! The restaurant is small, and crowded, but after you taste their menu, you will not wonder why people flock to get this ONO HAWAIIAN FOOD! You will find lots of posters/pictures of famous people who have dined here ... service with real ALOHA!
Favorite Dish: The Hawaiian combination plate is the bomb! Included on this order was kalua pig (roast pork), laulau (pork and butterfish baked in taro leaves) pipikaula (beef jerky, hawaiian style) lomi lomi salmon (diced tomotoes, salted salmon and onions), rice, poi and haupia (coconut pudding).
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 726 Kapahulu Avenue
The restaurant is pretty close to Waikiki Beach and a few blocks away from our hotel. The restaurant is located in a very nice location - corner street. The acacia tree is shading the restaurant and there were some tables outside the main building adjacent to a pond. The tree makes the restaurant cool. My first impression was very nice until we started eating. The birds came and started helping themselves with our food! It was disgusting! No matter how I shooed them away, they still kept coming back!!!
The food was actually bad. Everything they served tasted awful. I pretty much forced myself to swallow the food! Even the scrambled eggs were badly cooked!
My husband complained to the manager. I didn't even realize that while I was waiting for him on our table, he was looking for a clean plate! He had to go through six plates before he got a clean one! He said, he even found a spaghetti noodle on one of the plates!
The fruits they were serving were old. The presentation of the food was also unappetizing! They even served canned fruit! Look, this is Hawaii!!! It is very famous for its Dole pineapples and ripe papayas! The restaurant should have availed of their many island fruits. They could have raised their price a little bit but make their food special! And, hello??? Clean up the place!
Favorite Dish: I didn't like anything in this restaurant. I don't recommend it to tourists. I highly recommend that people will report them to the DPH in Hawaii!!!
Updated Jul 14, 2007
It was by sheer luck that I found out about the Kona Brewing Company. Upon my wife and I arriving in Kona, we went shopping at Walmart to stock up on necessary supplies for our ten day stay in Hawaii. It was there I found Kona Beer from the local brewery. I purchaced a six pack of Pipeline Porter made with 100% Kona Coffee. This was a limited release and it was an exceptional tasting brew. I went back and purchaced a six pack of thier Fire Rock Pale Ale two days later to tantalize my taste buds. Wow, I really enjoyed this one too. A couple days later my wife and I were at the local laundermat doing a load of laundry when I noticed that The Kona Brewing Company was right behind us. It was as if God pointed me in the right direction. I found out that they did tours and had a restaurant and made it a point to have a visit. Although we were not able to take a tour of the facilities due to time constraints, we were able to enjoy fantastic beer and food. The pizza selection is amazing and mine was to die for. All of the food that I witnessed being served looked very appetizing and lured my senses. Awww, this is paradise in paradise!!! The restaurant had a great vibe about it. There was seating indoors as well as outdoors and it was packed with people laughing and enjoying themselves . I only wish I would have found The Kona Brewing Company earlier in our stay and had more time to enjoy the Brews n Foods!!!
Favorite Dish: The pizza I chose was the Paniolo. It was thier Homeade Fire Rock Pale Ale Salsa, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, ground beef, crushed tortilla chips, green bell peppers and tomaotes. Topped with fresh romaine lettuce. Jalapenos and sour cream were available upon request and I made sure to make good on it. I washed it down with a Black Sand Porter. It was smooth dark and had a chocolate malted flavor. This was the way to finish my stay in Hawaii. I recommend Kona Brewing Company with Two Glasses Way Up!!! Plan a trip to Kona just to visit the brewery, you won't be let down.
Updated Dec 2, 2009
Address: 75-5629 Kuakini Highway, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: 808-334-BREW (2739)
This is absolutely a nice restaurant - not pricy even! The place is considered fine dining although the cost is not that expensive! The servers and great and the food are excellent. The restaurant is clean and spacious. The tables are neatly covered with white linen and the chairs are very comfortable to sit on. What is special about this restaurant is that it is located in Ala Moana where you can shop - where you can find bargains or you can choose to shop at the signature shops! It is a place to be!
Favorite Dish: I like the Caesar's salad and the Meat Loaf. The Caesar's Salad is a meal in itself. It has a Hawaiian taste on it! It is mixed with broiled chicken and has a tinge of spice on it. The loco moco comes with macaroni salad (Hawaiian-style of course - mixed with peas), a corn on the cub and mashed potatoes. The meat loaf is really good! It fills you up!
Updated Jul 13, 2007
Address: Ala Moana Shopping Mall on the 3rd Flr @ Macy's
Tex Drive In is a local favorite and famous on the Island for thier Hot Fresh Malasadas. Malasadas are a Portuguese Donut rolled in sugar and you may have it filled with fruit if you choose to do so. You can't just order one. Take my word for it and enjoy them with a hot cup of Kona coffee. Stop in the next time you are on The Big Island and treat your taste buds to Sheer Heaven!!! Tex is not just famous for thier baked items, but for a variety of foods such as American, Mexican, Asain, Portuguese and Hawaiian, which is in thier arsenal of delights.
The restaurant itself caters to all costumer's needs. One can drive through or go inside to eat. We chose to sit out in the patio which is a very relaxed atmosphere. The prices are very resonable for the quality and quantity of food that you recieve. There also seems to be something to satisfy everyone on their menu. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dish: I love the local favorites. For breakfast there is The Moco Loco which is a bowl of white rice with brown gravy over it, a sirloin pattie and two eggs on top with more gravy....Yummy!!! It really is great. They do have many different versions of the Loco. Some choose Spam or Turkey in place of the sirloin. I have eaten many things from the menu from shrimp burgers to chinese chicken salads, and they kept me coming back for more. My wife and I took a two hour detour just to get Malasadas at the end of our visit to Hawaii. Visit Tex Drive In and enjoy!!!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 45-690 Pakalana St. Honokaa, Hawaii 96727
Voted the Best Family Restaurant by Hawaiian residents, Zippy's restaurants offer Napoleon's bakeries, take-out windows, and "local-style" plates at very reasonable prices. Most are open 24 hours and some even serve alcohol. There currently are 23 restaurants on the island of Oahu and Zippy's is expanding to the Neighbor Islands.
If you want to try some local (i.e., Hawaiian-style) food, Zippy's is the place to eat at.
Favorite Dish: Zippy's is famous for their chili--they sell 110 tons a month! Besides the "normal" beef and bean chili, they also offer veggie chili (i.e., no beef) and even beanless chili!
Other popular dishes include the chili dog plate, the classic Zip Pac (bento), healthful Dr. Shintani meals, Zip Min (noodle soup, similar to ramen, served with won ton, vegetables, and other goodies) and Portuguese bean soup.
Again, if you want to try some Hawaiian-style food, Zippy's is the place to eat at. You wont be disappointed!
Updated Dec 7, 2003
Address: There are 23 locations for this restaurant.
Affectionately known simply as 'Onos to the local people, this place serves some very good Hawaiian food. The word "'ono" is Hawaiian, meaning "delicious", which best describes the food here.
There's *always* a line of customers (both locals and tourists) waiting to get in. It's a small restaurant, but the wait is well worth it.
If you want to try some authentic Hawaiian food, I recommend Ono's. Among the dishes they serve are homemade laulau (ti-leaf wrapped meats, vegetables and fish), kalua pig (steamed pork), lomi salmon (a mixture of salmon, tomato, onions, and green onions), beef stew and pipikaula (Hawaiian-style beef jerky). You can also eat haupia, which is a Hawaiian coconut dessert.
Favorite Dish: If you eat here, I suggest getting either the Combination Plate or the Kalua Pig Plate. The Combo Plate is *very* large and filling and can easily be shared by two people.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 726 Kapahulu Ave
Oceanaria is the name of the restaurant - it is because of its huge aquarium! I am not sure how much gallons of water in there but I tell you, it is about three stories of water! The tables of the restaurant are adjacent to the aquarium so you can see the sting rays swimming and all those tropical fishes. It is absolutely entertaining to just see the blowfish come close to the window and look at you while you are eating!
The hotel workers, the waiters and waitresses are very warm and friendly. The food is excellent. Try their freshly-cut papayas!
Before you get in, let the servers know what kind of breakfast you are getting - they have the hot breakfast and the continental breakfast. If you choose the hot breakfast, it is more expensive by $10.00. The continental only includes the fruits and the cold food like cereals.
The hot breakfast includes everything - French toast (great!), sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried rice, freshly cut fruits ( pineapple, papayas, watermelon, canteloupes, etc). There is a choice of three different drinks - pineapple included.
Favorite Dish: I kind of like everything. But, I attacked their freshly-cut papayas. The fruits are super fresh! The french toast is so good in the morning. I also love their fried rice.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki
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