just back from the islands... trying to remember what we ate exactly.
we didn't have any breakfasts out on the big island, bcs it was included with our room at the mauna lani, but we did have a few dinners out. my favorites were:
merriman's- we split the appetizer sampler plate, which was delicious: ceviche, fritters and pork quesadillas. excellent, esp. this bean sprout kimchee they served on the side. i had some seared ahi and spicy shrimp, my husband had this lamb plate that was lamb tenderloin, lamb chop and gyoza filled with shredded lamb and something else. everything was delicious. i could have done without the shrimp really-but on the side was a corn salad that was amazing. we didn't have room for dessert :-(
we also ate at the farmer's market in hilo big time. we had spring rolls (which were good but the sauce was all wrong) i had these fried-donut type balls on a stick which were really good, lots of starfruit, papaya, passionfruit, etc. oh i also ate this sweetened brown rice wrapped in a banana leaf. that night we also had a plate lunch at low international on kilauea ave in hilo. i had some kind of pork, and my husband had korean chicken which were really chicken wings that were deep fried and sauced. they did have very good lemon shortbread cookies for dessert.
we also had dinner on our last night at this weird little place we found along the side of the road: teshima's. i don't know the name of the actual town, but i know it was between kona and point refuge. we both had dinner boxes (teishoku) with ahi and shrimp tempura and sukiyaki and fried fish, etc. they had different combo platters and they were very good. the ahi sashimi was very good and they had ice cold beer from the kona brewery (we liked both the golden and the longboard and found them to be better than the kauai beer we had on that island...
we tried to go to ocean view inn but they (like many other places) were closed for vacation!