With over 4,000 square miles, multiple climate zones, and a diverse population, I find myself traveling the island and looking for unique food experiences. Having traveled to the Big Island starting at the of age 10, I’ve come to know the island and its challenges. Finding healthy, tasty food on the Big Island is indeed one of those challenges.
I may be biased because I grew up in California, where you can be a foodie on a tight budget. And with full disclosure, my husband is a chef, making it even harder to enjoy eating out and finding delicious culinary experiences.
Dining on the Big Island
The Big Island is known for its white and black sand beaches, but it’s not known as a food paradise. With COVID-19 affecting tourism, we have seen many restaurants close their doors while others are trying to adapt to takeout.
As a positive person, I try to say nothing is impossible. I am always looking for a new restaurant and a unique culinary experience. I have enjoyed eating at some of the top restaurants like Canoe House, Merriman’s, Manta, Meridia, Tammy Bahamas, and Browns Beach House. I have not found a high-end restaurant I would genuinely recommend. Yes, they have good food; yes, I would go again. Yet I have not found one that truly delights my taste buds.
To be honest, I am much more particular when it comes to dinner options and the price tag that comes with them. I, however, have found some great lunch spots that I would recommend.
Best Big Island Lunch Spots
A couple of them are:
- Original Thai
- Sushi Shiono
- Big Island Pizza
- Ba-le (Vietnamese)
- Racha Thai
- Dano’s Diner (Turkish)
- Da Fish House and Fish Wagon
- Kawaihae (Local Fish)
- Lucy’s Taqueria (Mexican)
- Pineapples (New American)
What Are Your Favorite Big Island Restaurants?
I know there are restaurants I’m missing from this list. I also know the best restaurants can be those “hole in the wall” restaurants that are hard to find. Have you found the one you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it. Aloha!