A welcome blast of true island style, this diner in a small strip mall (with parking!) caters to a primarily local crowd and visitors seeking financial relief from Kona markups. The tile floors are clean and bright, tables uncramped, and portions of everything but fresh vegetables are enormous. If you start with breakfast here, particularly one of the many varieties of loco moco (eggs, meat, rice, gravy) or massive French toast with Portuguese sausage, you may well skip lunch. The American-style sandwich list is unexceptional, except for the broiled fresh fish, a half-pound serving best accompanied by pineapple coleslaw; otherwise go for local favorites such as kalua pork and cabbage or chicken katsu. Be prepared to split the hefty but delicious desserts, such as sweet potato haupia cheesecake, but don’t arrive starving—there’s often a wait for seats and service.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii (The Big Island)› Restaurant
Big Island Grill
75–5702 Kuakini Hwy. (south of Henry St.), Kailua-Kona, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood In & Around Kailua-Kona Hours Mon–Sat 7am–9pm (lunch 10:45am–5pm). Phone 808/326-1153 Prices Main courses breakfast $5–$17, lunch $8–$20, dinner $9–$24. Cuisine Type Local/American Other Reservations not accepted.
Map75–5702 Kuakini Hwy. Hawaii (The Big Island)
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