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Just got back from Hawaii

Jennifer | Apr 8, 2003 11:05 AM

Just got back from a three week stay in Hawaii. (Honolulu, Captain Cook in Big Island and Poipu)I had posted an earlier message asking for advice on places to go with small children and trying to have both great food and child friendly service. Here's what we found: Unfortunatly we didn't have more time to try more upscale places in Honolulu but we did try a buffet seafood resturant called Todai.Family style but not great seafood. They have an 180 foot long seafood bar from sushi to fried noodles. Japanese in flair but not quality. Also we tried Gorden Biersh Brewery in the Ahloa Tower. We were suprised. Food was good. I had the Ahi Tuna rare with soya glazed sauce. The kids had a brick oven pizza, my husband had the spicy sausage and shrimp pasta. The beer was great and a live band near the harbor. Prices also very reasonable. Big Island- Tried several times to get reservations for Keei Cafe highly recommended but we were not able to go. We did try Oodles of Noodles and was dissapointed. Service was slow, no bathroom on site and the Undon noodles served with coconut sauce was not a good match. Maybe that's not what they do well at that place. Also Bubba Gump's in Kailua Kona was a pleasant surprise as well. We had lunch, service was fun, view was great and lunch of shrimp was good. The best place was Merriman's by far! The kids stayed home and it was worth the drive to go. Quality, service and food was exceptional. Local meats,fish, corn, fresh baked bread that arrives hot and prompt and knowlegable service. Be prepared to spend. For four with tax, tip, wine and cocktails we spent $300. Well worth the experience. Poipu- Do local. Fish Express for awsome Ahi Poke and Ocean salad. This is a very local place with some great fried chicken as well. If you don't like raw fish or fish at all maybe it's not for you.Brick Oven pizza near Port Allen wonderful pizza as well-very local. Also a cafe on the way to Port Allen I forgot the name but they make great mac-nut sticky buns and Kona coffee! Tried to go to Hamura Samen all locals recommended this place but ran out of time. Did try Duke's Canoe Club. Good fun and view, ok food it's not a place where service is five star but fun for the whole family. Shells in the Marriot also a pleasant surprise. Service was wonderful, food was good, view was great and the bill very reasonable. For six adults and two small kids with wine and drinks $300. They do have a seafood buffet on Fridays. And finally Bubba's Burgers for really greasy food. Great onion rings though. What we learned you really can eat well with small children on the Island just be prepared to go local, which in my opinion is always the best way to go.

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