Hey Mike. Yeah the Amuse Wine Bar would probably be the best place to talk story; the other two places can get a little noisy at times. My last day on swing shift is next Thursday (Getting off Friday morning), Saturday night I have family plans, but I should be free most other evenings, what’s your schedule like? I’ll shoot an e-mail to the other two guys who showed an interest in getting together to see what’s up with them.
Well, there's not a lot of options in Hilo, and this probably isn't helpful to many people (being that it is in Hilo, and anyone who goes to Hilo probably knows about it already), but Cafe Pesto is one of the few places I actually enjoy going out to eat. Expensive (like everything else in Hawaii) but very good.
The "Fresh Catch Stromboli and Seafood Combo" is something I still dream about at night.
Encore is pretty good for just regular Japanese food. Not so much for sushi, but for noodles, tempura, etc. And they have incredible desserts that I usually end up taking home.
Hey Kaimana, thanks for the posting, this is exactly the kind of restaurant information I was looking for. It’s been a bit more than a few years since I’ve been to the Big Island, but now when I go back, I’ll definitely know where to go.
I can't believe I forgot to put the seafood buffet at the Hilo Hawaiian hotel on here. $30 per person sounds a little pricey, but it's really very good. I only went once (when my mom was visiting, and paying for my meals) but I distinctly remember very good ahi sashimi, and some kind of very good poke. Which, at a buffet, is quite nice. Also, crab, shrimp, etc. I'm pretty sure it's only on Fridays and Saturdays, or maybe just one of those nights, and the other night is a different buffet.
If you guys like Thai food, you should check out Kookie’s Thai Kitchen, 1326 Middle St, by Fort Shafter. The beef waterfall salad is out of this world and if you really like spicy, try the green papaya salad. The only bad part is that parking kind of sucks, they only have four parking stalls behind the restaurant so most of the time you need to look for street parking. But the food makes the parking hassle worth it.