The Big Island of Hawaii is known for some amazing oceanfront restaurants in some of the best known resorts in the world, but here are a few of the hidden gems that you will find if you venture outside of the resorts.
Waimea Coffee Company
65-1279 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
This coffee shop is a favorite of locals and visitors. Its menu showcases a variety of estate coffee beans and blends, local honey, and merchandise. It has a wide selection of food items such as open-faced bagel sandwiches, burritos, salads, sandwiches, melts, and acai bowls, with the breakfast burrito being the most popular. Sit on the porch or out in the sun when visiting Waimea Coffee Company.
65-1214 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
FORC is a hidden gem in the green mountains of Waimea. The ingredients are harvested from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to generate sustainability and create delicious gourmet Hawaiian dishes. FORC prides itself on fresh, local ingredients and a warm and welcoming environment. Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, brunch, or dinner, FORC will serve you with the utmost excellence and delectable dishes.
74-5599 Pawai Place B4 & B5, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
If you are in the mood for excellent and fresh Japanese food, Izakaya Shionos has you covered. Izakaya Shionos is the sister location to Sushi Shiono, located on Ali’i drive. Here you will find a superb selection of sushi and ramen. Izakaya Shionos prides itself on fresh seafood and seasonal delicacies that will not disappoint.
Willie’s Hot Chicken
74-5599 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
From its spunky decor, full bar, and delicious foods, if you are a fried chicken lover, this is the place for you! Since its opening in 2020, this has become a mandatory stop when visiting Kona. They have honed their craft in fried chicken from sweet, spicy, and everything in between. They have also incorporated a “First Fridays” event every month with live music on its outdoor patio.
Hale I’a Da Fish House
613659 Kawaihae-Mahukona Rd, Waimea, HI 96743
Before you head to the beach, make sure to head over to Hale I’a Da Fish House for the best and biggest poke bowls. As the shop also doubles as a fish butchery caught by local fishermen every day, you will only receive the freshest and highest quality fish. They also serve an array of side dishes, whole fish, local cooking products, and much more! As the shop is fairly small, there are no eating areas, but it’s a great place to get lunch on the go!