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Hawaii (Big) Island
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This dependable restaurant adjacent to Island Lava Java on Alii Drive offers an excellent selection of Thai food at decent prices. Everything is cooked to order, and the menu is brimming with choices, including five curries, a green-papaya salad, and a popular platter that combines spring rolls, satay, beef salad, and tom yum (lemongrass soup). For a real treat, try the deep-fried fish. Piña colada fans will appreciate the excellent cocktails served here, and you can't beat the beautiful ocean view. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. www.aliisunsetplaza.com. Credit cards accepted.
The food is authentic, and the prices are reasonable at this little Volcano Village find. A steaming hot plate of curry is the perfect antidote to a chilly day on the volcano. The chicken satay is excellent—the peanut dipping sauce the perfect match of sweet and spicy. Be careful when you order, as "medium" is more than spicy enough even for hard-core chili addicts. The service is warm and friendly and the dining room is pleasant, with white tablecloths, Thai art, and a couple of silk wall hangings. Credit cards accepted. No lunch Wed.
Locals gather at this small, historic restaurant 15 minutes south of Kailua-Kona whenever they're in the mood for fresh sashimi, puffy shrimp tempura, or hekka (beef and vegetables cooked in an iron pot) at a reasonable price. Teshima's doesn't look like much, inside or out, but it's been a kamaaina (local) favorite since 1929 for a reason. You might want to try teishoku (tray) No. 3, featuring sashimi, tempura, sukiyaki beef, rice, miso soup, sunomono, and more. Or order the popular bento box lunch. The service is laid-back and friendly, and the restaurant has been family owned and operated by five generations of Teshimas. No credit cards.
An array of authentic soft-taco choices (beef and chicken, among others), burritos, quesadillas, and excellent homemade tamales are served up at this local hideway in Kailua Village. Breakfast entrées include traditional rancheros and more. Order at the counter, take a seat outside at one of a dozen yellow tables with blue umbrellas, and enjoy all the good flavors served up in those red plastic baskets.
In the funky Without Boundaries gift shop in Hawi, Sushi Rock isn't big on size—its narrow dining room is brightly painted and casually decorated with various Hawaiian and Japanese knickknacks—but discerning locals and akamai (in the know) visitors come here for some of the island's best sushi. The restaurant prides itself on using fresh local ingredients like grass-fed beef tenderloin, goat cheese, macadamia nuts, and mango in their Island-inspired sushi rolls. They also serve up a variety of cooked seafood, chicken, noodle dishes, and salads for lunch and dinner. Everything is plated beautifully and served either at the sushi bar, at one of the handful of indoor tables in the restaurant's small dining room, or on the covered front patio. There's also a full bar. sushirockrestaurant.net. Credit cards accepted.
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