Hilo's Best Hawaiian Food Hotspots

Finding a great bed and breakfast or Hilo Inn is only one part of the planning for your Hilo vacation; you still have learn what is there to do and, sometimes more importantly, what Hilo Restaurants to go to! The island of Hawaii (also known as the Big Island) offers great options from cuisines around the world, all of them with a special Hawaiian twist. Here are 3 great must visit choices: Fujimamas Waimea, Imari Japanese Steakhouse and Ken's House of Pancakes.

Fujimamas Waimea
65-1299 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI 96743
Phone: (808) 885-9299

The Fujimamas Restaurant Bar & Cafe in Tokyo is a very succesful restaurant in Tokyo, Japan that has been operating since 1998. Chef Vann overviews the operation of the latest addition of the Fujimamas restaurant chain in Hawaii. The cuisine of Fujimamas mixes North American, European and Asian concepts with a lot of Hawaiian flair. Two great highlights of Fujis (as people in the island refer to this restaurant) are sushi and sashimi, Hawaiian style of course! Every Friday and Saturday, Fujimamas Waimea offers a traditional Hawaiian raw seafood bar that includes crustaceans and delicacies such as New Zealand oysters. If you're not a seafood lover, don't worry Chef Vann has in store delicious treats from the wok, grill and stove. If you enjoy Fujimamas Waimea, then you will also enjoy Huli Sue's Barbecue and Grill, another successful restaurant ran by Chef Vann. Both restaurants are well known from using fresh produce from the nearby farms that use only organic farming methods.

Imari Japanese Steakhouse
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Phone: (808) 886-1234

This Japanese steakhouse has a long history in the island of Hawaii, specializing in teppanyaki (your own personal chef prepares your food in front of you in a large iron griddle or plate), washoku (a mix of traditional and new Japanese cuisine), sushi and sashimi. The head chef of the Imari Japanese Steakhouse is Chef Toshi Kobayashi, who received a traditional sushi making education in Japan. This restaurant is only open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Every day there are specials on the house and imported sake from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you have a large party, make sure to book a reservation in advance. The restaurant attire is casual or aloha (this means aloha shirts and slacks for the gentlemen, and dresses for the ladies). Bathing suits and tank tops are strictly prohibited. If you like the cuisine of Imari, make sure to check out the Humuhumunukunukukuapuaa, which is also the name of Hawaii's state fish, at the Grand Wailea Resort.

Ken's House of Pancakes
1730 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 935-8711

The best way to start off your day after a good night sleep at your Hilo Bed and Breakfast is to head to Ken's House of Pancakes for a classic American Breakfast and some great Hawaiian alternatives. This restaurant can be compared to Denny's. Given the name, you can assume that the pancakes are the specialty of the house, which are served with house made coconut, guava and passionfruit syrups. The service can be rather slow in the mornings because it's a favorite spot for locals. BBOnline recommends a visit to Ken's House of Pancakes on Thurdsdays, to taste some discounted items from the Hawaiian cuisine.