Original Thai and Krua Thai
For Thai food, our favorites are Original Thai and Krua Thai. They both have a nice atmosphere and Original Thai does a great take-out, too.
Hayashi’s “You-Make-the-Roll” (Shushi)
Hayashi’s has a few tables outside and the prices are great. It's located in the alley off Ali'i Drive, up from Pancho Leftys.
Decent Mexican food was hard to find in Kona, until Martha’s appeared in the pink building on Kuakini Hwy. As of July, 2010, one of Darla’s favorite eateries in Kona.
Everyone we’ve sent to Jackie Rey’s has raved about it! We recently discovered their 3-5pm half-price appetizers, a really nice deal. We recently shared 4 appetizers for a true meal at only $20 total!
Quinn’s Almost by the Sea
For a great burger, fish salad or fish sandwich, we like Quinn’s, a small local’s place across from the King Kamehameha Hotel. The bar is a friendly local’s favorite and dining is in a covered outdoor garden patio.
Bale is a casual Vietnamese restaurant at the KTA supermarket shopping center on Palani Road. Bale prides itself on a great Lemongrass Chicken Salad or Sandwich (on their home-made French baguettes).
You can find the market in town at the corner of Ali’i Drive and Hualalai Street on Wed–Sunday. This is our favorite farmers market, and is closest to the B&B and all of our oceanfront lodgings. Lately we are scoring 5 or 6 papayas for a dollar! (Or you can get inferior papayas at the supermarket for 75 cents each.) We never buy produce from the grocery stores, only at the Farmer’s Market, where you will get far superior quality at 1/3 the price. They also have local Kona coffee, nuts, jams, jewelry and crafty stuff, and wonderful flowers.
Kona International Marketplace
This great new air market is just at the edge of town (same neighborhood as the Kona Brew Pub). All kinds of stuff, and a decent farmers market daily. On the days the big farmers market is closed we buy our produce and flowers here.
Da Poke Shack
If it’s Hawaiian style Poke you are looking for (native fast food) then Da Poke Shack, on Ali’i Drive is your place. Super fresh, good variety and ono (delicious) poke! Ask for a taster to see what you like best. It is in a little shop at the Kona Bali Kai condos a couple miles south of town. Great lunch specials, a real-deal Big Island treat!
Fresh catch can also be found each afternoon at Honokohau Harbor (about 3 miles north on the Queens Highway…we’re talking fish right off the boat here.
Huggo’s on the Rocks
Huggo’s has a nice ambience, oceanfront bar, and pretty good food though a bit pricey.
Parking In Town
There is a new pre-pay parking lot right in town at the corner of Ali’i and Hualalai Street which is an insult to all of us in Kona because they are gouging our unsuspecting tourist guests with deceptive pricing and overcharging ($7.00 after 5 pm in micro-print….once you figure out its not $3.00, you can’t get your money out of the machine.) There is plenty of free parking in town off of Ali’i drive (go up the street past this lot, look on the left or right for free lots, or above the ABC Market at the big banyan tree in central town.