In the last few weeks we have published some of our favorite favorites lists from our annual issue of HAWAII magazine “Best of Hawaii” here on HawaiiMagazine.com.
Our favorite Hawaii road trips? You saw her here.
Our favorite places to shop in Hawaii? Exactly here.
Our favorite Hawaiian snacks? We had your goodies covered here between meals.
You can find more of our Hawaii favorites in our Sept./Oct. 2009 edition “Best of Hawaii” – still available nationwide in bookstores and newspaper kiosks or available online here in digital form immediately. As always, the issue is full of tips and advice on how to get the most of almost everything on the islands. All thanks to our editorial team and the knowledgeable HAWAII magazine reader Ohana.
On the following pages you will find another of our favorite categories from the “Best of Hawaii” 2009 issue: HAWAII Magazine’s Favorite Places to Eat.
We’ve selected three restaurants that HAWAII magazine editor John Heckathorn has dug up the most this year, and collected a full page of restaurant tips from HAWAII readers for travelers to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii .
We hope you whetted your appetite …
Not only have we always had great meals at the Lahaina Grill, everyone we’ve ever sent there raves about the experience. Just steps from Lahaina’s main drag, in the historic Lahaina Inn, this sparkling bistro is run with Swiss precision, but the menu is brand new: Kona lobster cake, fried ahi foie gras, kalua duck, steak jolene with a potato wrap of shrimp , Triple Berry Pie a la Mode.
127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, Maui, (808) 667-5117, (800) 360-2606, www.lahainagrill.com
Pictured: The Cake Walk starter. Photo by Kent Hwang / Lahaina Grill
Hilo Bay Cafe
Don’t let the location next to a Wal-Mart put you off. This chic but casual mall restaurant is the best place to dine on the east side of the Big Island. Home-style cooking – spinach salad with bacon and apples, grilled local New York steak with Gorgonzola potatoes, crab-crusted mahimahi, and slow-cooked baby ribs. Adequate wine list, great cocktails made with fresh ingredients.
Waiakea Mall, 315 Makaala St., Hilo, Big Island, (808) 935-4939, www.hilobaycafe.com
Pictured: Fried Kulana Rib-Eye Steak. Photo by Vicky Vierra / Hilo Bay Cafe
Hiroshi Eurasion tapas
Though not as well known nationally as Alan Wong or Roy Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Fukui is one of Hawaii’s most respected chefs. His creative food is neither east nor west; It’s local to Hawaii, with local ingredients. You can’t miss his onaga with tatsoi and bacon, or his Big Island Baby Abalone. Order and share small plates. Sommelier Chuck Furuya expertly pairs your chosen flavors with a wine.
Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, Oahu, (808) 533-4476, www.hiroshihawaii.com
Pictured: Ahi with panko crust. Photo by Tony Tang / Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas
Readers selection of the HAWAII magazine:
• Duke’s Restaurant Outrigger Waikiki
2535 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, (808) 922-2260, www.dukeswaikiki.com
• Alan Wong’s restaurant
1857 S. King St., Honolulu, (808) 949-2526, www.alanwongs.com
• Roy’s restaurant
6600 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, (808) 396-7697; 226 Lewers St., Honolulu, (808) 923-7697; 92-1220 Aliinui Drive, Ko Olina Resort, (808) 676-7697; www.roysrestaurant.com
• Mommy’s fish house
799 Poho Place, Paia, (808) 579-8488, www.mamasfishhouse.com
• Kimo’s Restaurant
845 Front St., Lahaina, (808) 661-4811, www.kimosmaui.com
• Haliimaile General Store
900 Haliimaile Road, Haliimaile, (808) 572-2666, www.bevgannonrestaurants.com
• Red salt
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, 2251 Poipu Road, Koloa, (808) 828-8888, www.koakea.com
• Duke’s Kauai Restaurant
Kauai Marriott, 3610 Rice St., Lihue, (808) 246-9599, www.dukeskauai.com
• Gaylord’s Kilohana
3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, (808) 245-9593, www.gaylordskauai.com
Big Island of Hawaii
• Merriman’s Restaurant
Opelo Plaza, Highway 19, Waimea, (808) 885-6822, www.merrimanshawaii.com
• Kona Brewing Co. Kailua-Kona Pub & Brewery
75-5629 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, (808) 334-2739, www.konabrewingco.com
• Ken’s pancake house
730 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, (808) 935-8711, www.kenshouseofpancakes-hilohi.com