Going to be on Hawaii Island at the end of the month. One evening friends and I will be in the Waimea area in the early evening before heading back over the saddle road for sunset and stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitor Center. We will be coming from Hawi, so I really don't want to drive all the way down to Waikoloa unless someone has some amazing recommendation that simply can not be missed.
Wondering what chowhounds recommend. Merriman's? Thiebaut's? Village Burger? Other suggestions? Both Merriman's and Thiebault's have gotten some vicious reviews lately on Yelp, but I'm always suspicious of Yelp (people complaining that someplace served potato soup that was cold, or blackend ahi that was raw in the middle.)
Looking forward to your comments.