Big Island Food Guide (Hawaii)
The big island was very interesting when it came to terrain and daily activities (being home to one of the worlds few active volcanos), but it definitely did not disappoint in any area including food.
On the eastern side there was an amazing abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables literally falling off trees, we’d highly recommend checking out roadside markets or farmers markets if you get the chance. We also ate at many great spots on our way around the island, starting in Kona and heading south until we were back to where we started. Our most memorable places are listed below!
Da Poke Shack
The freshest fish you will ever eat, seasoned and served with your choice of traditional poke toppings. You can choose a bowl or plate and enjoy it outside at a picnic table. It was a splurge to say the least (you can get twice the food for the same price at Ono Seafood) but it was absolutely delicious.
Under The Bodhi Tree
A vegetarian and vegan friendly spot near the resort area in Kona, so obviously it is a little pricey. We stopped there twice and had a wide range of dishes from wraps, veggie burgers, fresh salads and curried noodles to nitro brews and black bean brownies. A little overpriced but most things will be if you’re stopping in that area.
This place exceeded our expectations, it was some of the best Thai food we’ve ever had and I’ve had the real thing. We stopped for a micro brew at Kona Brewing next door and then had the green papaya salad, the specialty duck, their red curry and the veggie pad Thai. It was out of this world with flavor and reasonably priced.
A roadside cafe serving up local organic eats and espresso drinks made with their organic macadamia nut milk. Their main kitchen was closed by the time we got there, but we still got to sample the coffee and snagged a container of mac nut butter to go.
Location: Captain Cook
A cash only taco and burrito bar that’s quick, cheap and delicious. We enjoyed the shredded beef taco plates with homemade chipotle and verde sauces. The rice and beans make the platters a great bang for your buck.
Location: South Point
Punalu’u Bake Shop
Famous for their Portuguese sweet bread donuts, and we see why! We loved the lilloki and fresh coconut meat Malasadas so much we had to get seconds. They also serve lunch plates, salads and sandwiches.
Location: South Point
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Truck
A shabby chic food truck in a local park serving up the real thing. The chefs speak Thai so you know it’s real, we could taste the fresh lemongrass and lime leaf flavors. We enjoyed the fresh veggie summer rolls, avocado curry and basil stir fry.
Big Island Juice Co.
A fun and health cafe serving up fresh Island fruits and veggies in juice, smoothie, or smoothie bowls. They also have good looking sandwiches and health shots, I enjoyed their “hot lava” shot of ginger and turmeric.
A small locally owned and sustained health food grocery with food, local jewelry and natural beauty products. They also have dairy free liloki (passion fruit) ice cream.
Conscious Culture Cafe
A nutritious and delicious local organic health food cafe with tons of vegan options. They have bowls, tacos, sammies, salads, coffee and kombuncha on tap! Oh, and an amazing vegan banana split, it’s a must try! The ceviche was subpar but the grass fed burger was spot on.
A local favorite, this place served up some of the most creative sushi rolls we’ve seen, incorporating non traditional ingredients in delicious ways. Probably one of our favorite spots that we tried on the island, the service and the food were well worth the price tag.