RE: Restaurants in Kailua-Kona, HI
In the immediate area, the Ocean View Inn is a casual place that has some Hawaiian dishes included in its offerings. Go to Huggos on the Rocks, but only for macadamia nut pie and a cup of kona with the surf at your back. Heading south about a half hour toward coffee country, Keei Cafe is also favored by locals. Food is Hawaiian-Med. Quirky hours so call ahead. In the opposite direction, Merriman's in Waimea is a destination joint and a very expensive one. If you want to splurge, this is top notch food from a celebrity chef. A little bit further in the same direction, and at the opposite end of the food spectrum, Tex Drive In in Honokaa is a favorite for locals. Typical drive in grub, Hawaiian style. The house specialty is malassadas, donuts of Portuguese origin and very addictive.