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Feedback Wanted on Big Island Choices (Longish)

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Feedback Wanted on Big Island Choices (Longish)

Santacruzan | Jun 15, 2004 02:55 PM

Aloha Chowhounds,

I've gotten lots of great advice the last couple of years from Chowhounds in South Florida, Orange County and New Orleans, so I confidently turn to you for help with our August trip to the Big Island.

A few basics: We'll be staying at a condo south of Kailua and aside from a day trip (I know it's a long drive) to the Volcano, will be taking our breakfasts and lunches in. (Could use a good lunch rec. for the Volcano area) We visited the Big Island 3 years ago and ate at Sibu, Oodles of Noodles, Bianelli's Cassandra's, and a small Korean place upstairs in the Industrial area (Jennifer's?) We are basically "ethnic" food lovers and are not crazy about "fusion" cuisine of any kind, and we certainly get all the nouveau/California style cuisine we want (not much) in the Bay Area where we live. For us dinner is our evening's "event," so we don't want a "fast food" type atmosphere.

Based on our last trip, we think we'd like to return to Bianelli's (great calzone and fun pink sauce) and Cassandra's (decent Greek), but that's it. For our other dining experiences we're considering the following: Keei Cafe, Big Jake's Island BBQ for takeout on the way back from Volcano, Edelweiss (is it worth the trip to Waimea for their German specialties?), La Bourgogne (we love classic French. Do they do a good job of it?), and a couple of Asian meals (Thai, Chinese, Korean). Re: the latter, is Royal Thai Cafe the best Thai; what about Royal Jade, Grand Palace and Ocean Seafood for Chinese; and is there any "sit down" Korean restaurant nicer than Jennifer's?

We'll definitely get some mac pies, shave ice (any recommendations other than Scandanavian?), kona coffee and farmer's market goodies, so nailing down our dinner choices should ensure a tasty journey. Mahalo!

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