Big Island Dining Guide
Filed Under: Food and DrinkThe islands of Oahu and Maui gobble up most of Hawaii’s food-related tourism, but there is no shortage of palatable options on Hawaii itself (aka the Big Island), which leads the Hawaiian Islands in agricultural production. Visitors can find the best, most affordable selection of local fruits and vegetables and fresh fish on the Big Island. The array of food and drink includes world-famous Kona coffee, low-key kava, gourmet restaurants and local hangouts.
1tour coffee farms and museums. If you want to kick back with a cup of Joe, linger at Coffees ‘n Epicurea, an espresso bar and patisserie south of Captain Cook. There’s a coffee-tasting room, fresh-baked daily pastries, a gift shop and a patio.
Hawaiian Style CaféVisitors who want to experience local “grinds” (food) should steer for Hawaiian Style Café, an island-style greasy spoon upland in Waimea. Huge portions and cheap prices keep guests overfed and happy. Menu favorites include “loco moco” (a native Hawaiian dish of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and brown gravy, or some variation), pancakes, poi, house-made Portuguese sausage and kalua pork hash, all served on a green plastic plate.
Uncle Roberts's Kava BarUncle Roberts’s Kava Bar sits at the abrupt end of the road where Kalapana Village used to be before it was covered by lava in 1990. The root of the kava plant is used to make a relaxing drink with sedative properties that is popular in Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures. It tastes earthy (unpleasant to some) and is an acquired taste. Enjoy the ultra-relaxed atmosphere and excellent live music.