This is where it all began in 1988 for Chef Peter Merriman, one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and an early adopter of the farm-to-table trend. Now head of a culinary empire with various incarnations on four islands, the busy Merriman has entrusted Chef Vince McCarthy with maintaining his high standards and inventive flair. Lunch offers better values, such as the grilled fresh fish ($18), while weekend brunch includes a luscious eggs Benedict with jalapeño hollandaise. At dinner, you can order Merriman’s famed wok-charred ahi, grass-fed steak, or molten chocolate purse with vanilla bean ice cream—but you’ll also want to consider McCarthy’s fresh-catch dish, or his family-style, four-course tasting menu for four or more ($75 per person). Cocktails show the same care in crafting.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii (The Big Island)› Restaurant
At the Opelo Plaza, 65-1227 Opelo Rd., off Hwy 19, Waimea, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood Waimea Hours Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30am–1:30pm; dinner daily 5:30–9pm; Sat–Sun brunch 10am–1pm. Phone 808/885-6822 Prices Main courses $13–$18 lunch, $28–$58 dinner (half-portions $23–$44). Cuisine Type Hawaii Regional Web site Merriman’s Other Reservations recommended
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