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Big Island Dining

localboy | Aug 11, 2005 04:16 PM

My family and I just returned from a short stay on the Kohala Coast where we thoroughly enjoyed the cool breezes, calm blue ocean and white sand at Hapuna Beach.

This was our second trip with return visits to some of the restaurants we ate at last year, Cafe Pesto and Tres Hombres in Kawaihae, Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea, Arnie's at the Hapuna Beach Hotel, and the Manago Hotel in Captain Cook. We had good, reasonably priced meals at all these places.

Two new restaurants we tried were the Pavillion at Manta Ray Point in the Mauna Kea Beach Resort and the Ocean View Inn in Kailua-Kona.

The Ocean View Inn is a local institution dating back over 50 years and looks it too with its decades old decor. It sits across the sea wall in Kona and diners look out over the ocean while eating. Serving hearty, local style food such as beef stew, pork chops, beef cutlets, hamburger steak, with most meals under $10.

The Pavillion Restaurant serves a very reasonable pre-fixe dinner between the hours of 6-7 pm. The best seating is outside on the terrace where you get a beautiful sunset view over the ocean at the resort. Priced at about $28, you have a choice of soup or salad, 3 entree's, ice cream or sorbet, coffee or tea.

I started with a caesar salad with anchovies, parmesan cheese and roasted garlic. My entree was a macadamia nut crusted fresh mahimahi with a chili butter sauce, rice pilaf and stir fried vegetables, absolutely delicious fish, moist and flavorful. Followed with a rich macadamia nut ice cream and decaf. to finish. My wife met some local residents who also said they go to dine at the pre-fixe dinner and consider it well worth it, especially if fresh opakapaka is on the menu.

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