Since Boston Cooker was closed last week when we tried to go on Sunday, we figured we’d try again on Saturday night instead.
This time we went for the lobster bisque instead of the clam chowder.
It had a really nice flavor. Very smooth with a hint of sherry. And don’t forget about the fresh baked yeast rolls. I managed to down three of them before I remembered I needed to save room for my entree.
Next up, salad.
Served family style with a light creamy dressing on it. Loren ordered the mahi special they had tonight.
He said the fish was good, but the sauce was pretty bland. As for me, I come here for one reason and one reason only, fried Ipswitch clams with bellies.
It’s a taste of childhood for me and there are few places around here where you can get them. Tonight’s were a little smaller than usual, but more tender. I also like the red potatoes, but never have room enough to finish them. Must be all the yeast rolls.
I got a piece of their Boston Cream Pie to go.
I’ve never understood why it’s called a pie when it’s obviously cake. The cake was very fresh and moist. I’m used to more of a vanilla pudding filling and this was an actual cream-type filling. Still satisfied my sweet tooth sitting on the couch later in the evening.
For $47, I got my fried clam craving satisfied.
3705 Tampa Road
Always ready to try another sushi place, we headed over to Shiki Sushi in Clearwater. They weren’t too busy, but it was also around 9pm on a Friday night.
They start you off with a little bowl of noodles. I liked it, Loren didn’t think much of it.
We ordered a calamari appetizer.
I thought it was terrible. Really, really tough squid tentacles. It was not enjoyable at all.
Then came the sushi.
We got a California Roll, a Mexican Roll, a Margarita Roll, a Sunset Roll, a Shiki roll and two pieces of salmon. The Margarita roll was different. It had lime and a ponzu citrus sauce on it. Loren enjoyed the Sunset roll which had spicy salmon. It wasn’t as spicy as other places, which was probably a good thing.
Total bill was $47. The sushi was ok, but I’ve had better elsewhere. I don’t expect that we’ll be going back anytime soon.
Shiki Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
1500 N McMullen Booth Rd
We headed over to Lee Roy Selmon’s for a farewell lunch for one of my co-workers who transferred out of my department.
There were about 14 of us there late in the afternoon and they took care of us pretty well. For appetizers we had some ahi tuna, sweet potato fries, fried green tomatoes, jalepeno rockets and wings. They were all tasty typical bar appetizers.
For my entree, I ordered the Twisted Southern Chicken.
Chicken on smashed potatoes smothered in maple bacon creamed corn, melted cheddar cheese, sour cream and tomatoes. The maple flavor in the cream corn really didn’t go with the rest of the dish. I can’t help it, when I taste maple, I expect it to be on pancakes. Overall, everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. For a chain restaurant, the food and service are both pretty good. I gotta say, the sweet potato fries were probably my favorite thing on the menu
Lee Roy Selmons
4302 W Boy Scout Blvd
I was craving some New England clams for dinner, so we headed over to Boston Cooker only to find out they’re closed on Sunday. Since we were hungry and tired, we decided to just go to Niko’s since it was open and right next door.
We started out with some calamari.
This was some chewy calamari and that’s something calamari really shouldn’t be. When the waiter stopped by and asked how it was, I said it was chewy and he sort of nodded as if this isn’t the first time he’s heard that. It came as no surprise to him, so it makes me wonder why they continue to serve it.
Next up salads and bread.
I like fresh baked bread. I’m not so much a fan of bread that was tossed in the oven for a bit to warm it up. The outside piece was almost toasted.
Loren ordered the stuffed grouper with lemon potatoes.
He liked his dinner. The grouper was flaky and not overcooked. It was stuffed with crab, shrimp, and scallops.
I ordered the fried oysters with a side of spaghetti.
Based on my dining experience so far, I had a feeling the entree was going to disappoint and I was right. These were completely tasteless oysters. My guess is they were frozen, because they were really watery. The pasta was ok, but the sauce had a lot of oregano and that’s not a favorite spice of mine.
And throughout it all, the waiter didn’t seem the least bit surprised that I didn’t enjoy my meal. This was definitely not worth the $45 we spent on it. We’ve eaten lunch here before and their sandwiches are ok, but I don’t think we’ll be going back for dinner.
Niko’s Pizza & Seafood
3705 Tampa Rd
Sometimes the day just gets away from you. We drove into Oldsmar around 8:30pm to take some photos and then needed somewhere to eat at 9pm. We had been to the Cafe’ de Siam a few years ago and luckily they’re open until 10pm. We were the only ones in the restaurant for about 30 minutes, and then several other groups came in. Looks like they’re going to be open a little later tonight.
We started off with some fried spring rolls.
They were ok. The plum sauce they came with was very sweet. I ordered the Goung Tod, which is fried shrimp and veggies.
I just wanted something simple that wasn’t spicy and this fit the bill. The shrimp and veggies were both done well. It had cauliflower and broccoli along with the shrimp. Loren ordered the Panang Chicken.
Usually he doesn’t go for coconut milk dishes, but he’s liked the flavors in other dishes I’ve had recently and this did not disappoint. He ordered it mild and it was definitely milder than other places, but still had really good flavor. I even stole some of the sauce for my rice. Total bill was $27.
Cafe’ de Siam
11242 W Hillsborough Ave
We went to see the movie “Killers” this morning (not great), and decided to just drive up US 19 until we found a restaurant for lunch. We didn’t have to drive far before we saw a sign for the Marathon Grille in Palm Harbor.
The restaurant is at the end of a shopping plaza in the back away from the highway. We never knew it was there and just drove around the parking lot until we found it.
Loren ordered the Panini Italiano with fries.
He said it was like an Italian Cuban sandwich. Good flavorful meats on a lightly pressed roll.
I ordered a gyro with potato salad.
This was a really good gyro. Very fresh and the tzatziki sauce was flavorful without being overwhelming. Too many have so much garlic that it’s all you taste. This sauce complemented the meat and didn’t steal the show.
As for dessert, how could I pass up a chocolate mousse cake?
This was yummy. It was covered with a chocolate shell and inside were moist layers of cake and chocolate mousse. Total lunch was $20 and it was way better than the movie.
33675 US Highway 19N
Palm Harbor, FL
Saw a coupon on Restaurant.com for $25 off at Greektown Grille in Clearwater, so we decided to check it out. It’s a nice looking restaurant with lots of seating and a patio area.
The bread was fresh and warm, just the way I like it.
We had to spend $35, so we started off with a couple of half orders of appetizers. Some calamari and some dolmades.
The pepperoncini sauce that came with the calamari was a little spicy. The calamari itself was cooked very well. The dolmades were really good. At a lot of places, it’s more rice than meat, but these were mostly meat which was nice and they had a really good flavor.
Soup or salad came with our entrees, so we ordered one of each.
The Greek salad has very good dressing on it. The avgolemono soup was bursting with lemon flavor. It was a pretty thick soup and if I had any hope of eating my dinner, there was no way I was going to be able to finish it.
Loren ordered the Athenian Chicken.
He really enjoyed it. The chicken was cooked well and the spinach sauce and rice that came with it had wonderful flavors. I ordered the pastitsio with a side of roasted potatoes.
This was a wonderful dish. The pasta and bechamel sauce were both cooked perfectly. The sauce had a delicate taste of nutmeg. I’ve had the dish at other places where it was overwhelming. The potatoes were lemon roasted and tasty, but I was barely able to eat half my entree. But, I’m all for leftovers.
After the $25 coupon, the total bill was only $13. Talk about a lot of delicious food for an incredible price. This is definitely a place we’ll go back to again. Having an authentic Greek restaurant without having to drive into Tarpon Springs is a wonderful thing.
1230 Cleveland St
For a four day workweek, this one seemed to last forever, so when it came time for lunch on Friday, a few of us headed over to the Latin American Grill in Oldsmar.
My two co-workers hadn’t eaten there before, but I’ve had dinner there a few times and it’s always been good. The restaurant was empty though, which was a surprise for a Friday afternoon.
For $18, we got pork chops, steak fajitas, and a small Cuban sandwich.
Everyone enjoyed the food. I got the Cuban and if that was a small, I don’t even want to imagine what a large looks like. The pork was really tasty in it. For a quick, inexpensive lunch, this is a great place in Oldsmar.
Latin American Grill Argentine
3780 Tampa Road
When all I’ve brought for lunch is a sandwich, it doesn’t take much to convince me to go out for lunch. Loren likes Andy’s on the Bay and since they’re only open during the week for lunch, I suggested we head over there.
Andy’s is a small cafeteria style restaurant that’s usually very crowded at lunchtime. I was surprised there weren’t more people in there today. The name is a bit confusing, since the restaurant isn’t on the water. Instead it’s located in an industrial neighborhood in Oldsmar.
I decided to try the chicken today and Loren got some pork with rice and beans.
The chicken was a bit dry. The pork was really good and tender. I should know better than to order anything except the pork. I think this is Loren’s favorite place to get rice and beans. For $11, it’s a cheap, quick lunch.
Andy’s on the Bay
472 East Douglas
We had front row tickets to the 7:30pm showing of Mary Poppins in Tampa tonight, so needed somewhere quick to stop for dinner. Cody’s is on the way and they weren’t too busy for a Tuesday night.
My favorite thing about Cody’s is the yeast rolls.
Even when they’re not cooked perfectly (which they weren’t tonight), they’re still yummy. The cinnamon butter is really what makes them awesome. The salad is really good too. You get a big bowl to share & they’ll bring you more if you want it. Salad and rolls, that’s all I need.
And yet, I still order an entree. We were there early enough to order off of the early bird menu, so I got the steak chunks with a sweet potato.
The steak was tender and served over grilled mushrooms and onions. The only complaint I had is that it didn’t have much flavor. The menu said the meat had been marinated, but it didn’t absorb any of the flavor of what it was marinated in. The sweet potato wasn’t that great tonight even with gobs of cinnamon butter on it.
Loren got their sirloin special with a loaded baked potato.
He said it was adequate, nothing to write home about. He said they normally make a smaller, thicker steak and he prefers that to what they served this time.
Since we had some time to kill before the show, we ordered a piece of chocolate cake. The waitress warned us that it was big.
She wasn’t kidding. It was easily enough for three people to share. The cake was moist and the frosting was very thick and rich. This was a very enjoyable dessert and we had leftovers. It’s not often that we have leftover dessert.
Total bill was $34 and we made it to our show on time.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse
11202 West Hillsborough Ave
We called around to a few places to see who was open on Memorial Day and ended up at Georgie Boy Restaurant in Clearwater.
They have a big menu with lots of choices. We both ordered off of the specials menu with came with bread, soup or salad, and dessert.
Loren got a salad & and I got the cream of chicken soup.
The soup was very flavorful. Definitely homemade.
Bread baskets always make me happy. For our entrees, Loren ordered the roast beef dinner which came with mashed potatoes and corn.
Down home goodness on a plate. Nothing fancy, just good food and lots of it. I ordered the fettucine with meatballs.
Gotta love a place that actually gives you a bunch of meatballs. The sauce was really good, very similar to my grandmother’s recipe. The meatballs were also very tasty and had a nice consistency. I ended up taking half of it home for leftovers.
For dessert, we both decided to get cheesecake. There were some options that came with dinner or you could substitute cheesecake for half price.
This was a decandent NY style cheesecake. Very thick and rich with a delicate flavor. There were a few other desserts in the dessert case that looked amazing.
Total dinner was $25. Great value, and lots of tasty food. This is definitely a place we’ll try again.
Georgie Boy Restaurant
1101 S Missouri Ave
Tio Pepe on Gulf to Bay is another one of those restaurants that we’ve driven by countless times, but never stopped in for dinner. We finally made it over there tonight. It was actually good timing since they’re getting ready to close for renovations for a few weeks.
We were seated and given menus, but had to wait for a while before our waiter showed up. Never a good way to start a dining experience. I then got the impression that our being there was somewhat of an inconvenience for him.
He took our drink order, an iced tea and a water with lime, and when he returned to our table he gave me a very small glass of water and no lime. Now, it’s not that he didn’t hear me because he said, “oh, I’ll bring you some lime”, but never did.
We did, however, get the bread basket.
Two loaves of bread with whipped butter. I actually liked the brown bread better than the other one. The white bread had a distinct taste to it, maybe buttermilk.
Then came the salad which was tossed at the table.
I watched another waiter toss the salad for a different table and he had brought out a tray and tossed the salad with some Worchestershire sauce and some oil/dressing, then mixed it all together. Our waiter brought the bowl to the table and tossed it around and put it on plates. Now, I don’t know if he mixed in the other ingredients in the kitchen or just decided not to bother with them.
Loren liked the salad more than I did. It was very garlicy and had way too much romano and parmesean cheese on it for me. Plus it had olives, of which I’m not a fan.
While we were waiting for our entrees, I realized the edge of the table where I was sitting had a gooey layer of caramel on it. Just what every patron wants from their dining experience, a nice sticky table.
Then came the entrees. Loren ordered the Puntas De Solomillo Salteado (Tips of Tenderloin, Mushrooms, Serrano Ham and Chorizo) served with Saffron Rice.
He liked it. It didn’t have any intense flavors, but a nice flavor overall. I liked the flavor of it but thought the steak was dry. The other odd thing is that I would have expected a separate dinner plate to be provided instead of having to eat directly out of the pan it was cooked in.
I ordered the Arroz con Pollo.
It was a beautiful presentation, but there was a flavor in it that neither of us could identify and that I didn’t like. Everything was cooked well, but whatever that flavor was just completely ruined it for me.
Of course I looked at the dessert menu and couldn’t pass up the Tarta de Chocolate (14 layers of thin Cookie Crust filled in between with Chocolate Mousse Cream and Raspberry Sauce)
Loren said it was one of his favorite desserts. I didn’t like it at all. As far as I’m concerned chocolate and cinnamon should never meet. The mousse had cinnamon in it and there was no raspberry sauce, instead it was a hardened drizzle of chocolate and caramel on the plate. I will say, the hardened pieces on the plate were tasty, much better than the dessert itself.
Total bill was $45. Loren enjoyed it much more than I did. Our waiter had an attitude from start to finish and that put me off more than the food.
Tio Pepe Restaurante
2930 Gulf to Bay Blvd
We drive by the Monte Cristo Family Restaurant any time we go into Dunedin and I keep saying I want to try it. We were finally there early enough in the day to check it out. They only serve breakfast and lunch.
They had a bunch of breakfast specials today and I ordered the Eggs Benedict Florentine.
Two poached eggs over English muffins with spinach, tomatoes, and Hollandaise sauce plus a side of hash browns. The eggs were a little overcooked, but the tomatoes were definitely fresh. It’s always nice to actually taste a tomato. The hashbrowns were pretty bad. Shaved potato slices with no seasoning whatsoever.
Loren ordered a burger with everything.
The waitress heard “plain burger”, so it came out with nothing. Another waitress heard the conversation as our waitress started to take the plate away & told her to just get a side of lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.
Overall service was pretty bad. We had to ask for silverware and for the most part, our waitress was no where to be found. The other waitress in the restaurant cleared the plates and brought our check. Total bill with a glass of OJ was $13. We both agreed that it’s unlikely that we’ll be back.
Monte Cristo Family Restaurant
1617 Main St
Ever wake up at the crack of 10:30 on a Saturday morning and just need a good sub? Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, Cathy’s off playing in Orlando with her sister today, so I headed over to Jersey Mike’s. Mike’s is a small nationwide chain that recently opened a shop in Oldsmar. Now, Subway may claim to be “fresh” (and I like a good Subway sub), but Mike’s is fresher. At Mike’s, your meats are all sliced to order right in front of you, and probably the best part is that they sprinkle it with some good herbs and douse it with vinegar and oil before wrapping it up. Makes for a good, slightly sloppy sandwich!
I love a good club sandwich, and I haven’t had any bacon all week (and a man needs bacon!), so I opted for their “Club Supreme”, which adds delicious roast beef to everything that’s on their regular club: Turkey, ham, provolone, bacon, and mayo. Oh, and they switch the provalone for swiss, which I didn’t really notice. (should have had them omit the cheese to save the calories, I wouldn’t have noticed with all the other flavors!)
Not a great photo, but, I already scarfed the sub, so it will have to do!
Jersey Mike’s Subs
3860 Tampa Rd Unit A
My sister and I meet up every year for the Fringe Festival in Orlando and Brian’s Restaurant is our stop for breakfast.
It’s a little diner on Orange Ave near the festival and I found it a few years ago because it claimed to have the best sweet buns in town.
These are pretty good, but I have to say, they were better when we first started coming here a few years ago. The last couple times I’ve been, the buns were a lot drier and didn’t seem as fresh.
We ordered some breakfast, I got some eggs with toast & hashbrowns, she got an order of hashbrowns and my niece and her boyfriend shared some eggs and a Belgium waffle. I had sweet bun frosting on my fingers so I didn’t take any other photos. Everything was cooked well and the total bill was $16, so it’s definitely a cost effective place to eat breakfast. Our waitress was nice, in fact I think we’ve had the same waitress every time we’ve been there.
It’s a good little restaurant to get a quick, inexpensive breakfast.
1409 North Orange Ave
It’s located in a strip mall that I didn’t even realize was there on US 19 N. It’s set back from the road, so I’ve never seen the restaurant from the highway. The decor is like many of the Thai restaurants in town. I even commented that it looked just like the Thai restaurant close to our house.
We started with the Fried Thai Spring Rolls.
They were nice and crispy with a good pork flavor. They also had sort of a sour flavor which could have been from the dried mushrooms. The dipping sauce was very sweet. The only issue was that some of the ends were burnt. They should have been taken out of the fryer a little quicker.
We both decided to get some soup. Loren got the Chicken Rice soup and I got the Tom Kha Gai (chicken in cream of coconut soup with straw mushrooms, onions, scallions, and flavored with galangal, lemon grass, and ma-goot leaf).
The chicken rice soup was similar to other restaurants. Completely mild, but had a nice flavor.
The Tom Kha Gai had a strong lemon flavor, almost a sweetness, but it had a little spiciness too. I didn’t like the onions in it though. They were too large to scoop on the spoon and also had too strong of a flavor. It just didn’t meld well with the lemon/coconut.
Loren ordered the Nam Sod salad which had ground pork mixed with ginger, peanuts, onions, and bell peppers with a spicy lemon dressing.
He said it was good, definitely had some spice, but that the onions were too strong. I think they were the same onions that were in my soup.
I ordered the Mud Sa Mon (yellow curry, coconut milk, potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, peanuts and onions), served with Jasmine rice.
This is the same type of dish I ordered at the Thai Thai restaurant in Hawaii, but luckily this one wasn’t as spicy. It had some complex flavors in it and was quite enjoyable. I should have ordered it without the peanuts though. I just don’t like the crunch of peanuts in an otherwise smooth dish.
For $32, it was a great way to start our weekend.
Tum Rub Thai Restaurant
32716 US Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL
On the bayou!
Another Friday meeting at one of our favorite “conference rooms”, Cajun Cafe on the Bayou.
I remembered to take a picture today, partly because my plate just looked pretty. I wanted a light lunch, so I ordered the “Baby greens and a cup” for lunch with a cup of Gumbo. The other guys ordered either a bowl of Jambalaya or Cajun burritos. I’ve had both and they’re really good… the Jambalaya is notably spicier than the Gumbo, however.
Great food and service, as usual. Cajun Cafe rarely disappoints!
Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
8101 Park Blvd N
Pinellas Park, FL
We’ve been to Johnny’s Italian Restaurant a few times before. We were a little worried tonight when we placed our drink order for water with lime and an unsweet iced tea and the waitress brought us both water with lemon. Luckily, the service got better after that.
“Home of Famous Johnny Bread” is written right on the front window and I have to agree, their bread is awesome.
Little fresh baked loaves, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and served up with some of the most garlicy oil I’ve ever tasted. We ended up asking for a second loaf because it was just that good.
Both of our entress came with soup or salad and we both went for the Manhattan Clam Chowder.
Loren liked it more than I did. It had a nice flavor, but I thought it was overly salty. There were a few pieces of clam that were really tough, but the rest of the veggies were cooked well.
For his entree, Loren ordered the grouper piccata which came with a side of fettucine alfredo.
He said it was very good. Surprisingly, he even liked the fettucine alfredo. He normally doesn’t eat it and had he known it came with his dinner, he would have tried to substitute it for something else, but after he tasted it, he ended up eating quite a bit. It was nice and creamy. The grouper was cooked well and had a tasty picatta sauce.
I ordered the cheese lasagne.
I thought the sauce on this dish had too much salt in it as well, but overall, it was a good lasagne. The cheese filling was very tasty and the noodles were cooked just right.
We both ended up with leftovers for tomorrow and the total bill was $29.
Johnny’s Italian Restaurant
2907 SR 590 #1
We headed over to Poblanos for a quick lunch today. We’ve been on vacation in Hawaii for the past 10 days and even though we hiked all over the Big Island, we both managed to gain weight, so we decided to split an order of chicken fajitas.
Ok, rather we thought we were going to split an order of chicken fajitas, instead our waitress brought us out steak fajitas. Personally, I don’t think chicken and steak sound anything alike, but since we were in a hurry, we just ate what she brought.
I ended up only eating one fajita because the steak was really tough. Luckily, it came with rice and beans, so I ate some of that instead.
And Loren was happy with chips and salsa.
Total bill was $16 and next time I’ll just have to make sure the waitress reads back our order so we actually get what we ordered.
Poblanos Mexican Grill & Bar
2451 McMullen Booth Road
Day 8 of our vacation we had reservations for lunch at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company. On the way there, we stopped at the World Botanical Gardens to check out Umauma Falls.
What a beautiful 3 tiered waterfall. We’ve seen numerous waterfalls on our trip, but this one was simply gorgeous. The actual gardens aren’t as nice or plentiful as the Hawaii Botanical Gardens, but the waterfall is definitely worth the admission price.
The Hawaiian Vanilla Experience Lunch was pretty interesting.
Their vanilla in infused in all of the lunch items. The vanilla lemonade was really tasty. Lunch was a chicken sandwich with salad and roasted potatoes and a vanilla bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert. You also get to hear the story of the vanilla farm and get to visit the shade house where they grow the vanilla plants. Trust me, after this visit you’ll completely understand why vanilla is so expensive. Lunch and tour for two was $70, plus we ended up buying a few vanilla souvenirs as well.
After lunch, we went hiking through another cave and then walked around Kalopa State Park. The park was beautiful and very serene. We headed back to Hilo and stopped at the Hilo Bay Cafe for dinner.
Unfortunately, we hadn’t made reservations, but luckily there was plenty of room at the bar, so we ordered dinner there. I think this was our best meal of the trip.
I started out with a Thai curry coconut soup that was amazing.
Loads of interesing flavors that were amazingly warm, but not too spicy. Loren had a salad and really liked the dressing.
I ordered the hamakua mushroom pot pie with chicken which came with a side salad. This is the way pot pies should always be.
The pastry crust was flaky and perfectly baked. Chicken and fresh veggies in a creamy sauce inside. This is comfort food at its best.
Loren ordered their fish special of the night which was ono over a bed of mashed potatoes, spinach and tomatoes in a beurre blanc sauce.
Perfectly cooked, with wonderful flavors. There was nothing left on his plate when he was finished. And since our entrees had been so good, I certainly couldn’t pass up their version of chocolate lava cake.
Finally! A restaurant that understands that lava cake should have a liquid center. Loren was chatting with another customer at the bar and I had half of this eaten before he even turned around. Wonderful deep chocolate flavors and the vanilla ice cream was a perfect complement.
The entire experience was great. This is definitely a restaurant that “gets it”. The bartender was our waiter and he kept our drinks filled and plates cleared. It was interesting watching him make bloody mary’s all night. He must have made 8 of them while we were there. Total bill was $61 and worth every penny. If you’re in Hilo, make a reservation and eat here at least once on your trip.
Thursday was our last full day on the island. We ate breakfast at the B&B and then headed down to the Volcano Park again to see the Jagger Museum and the end of the Chain of Craters road. We also saw the Holei Sea Arch.
We stopped at Thai Thai Restaurant for dinner in Volcano. For an appetizer, we ordered the summer roll.
I didn’t like it, but Loren did. It had mint and cilantro in it that just completely ruined it for me. Those just aren’t flavors I enjoy.
I ordered the chicken coconut yellow curry at the mildest setting available.
I admit, I’m wimpy when it comes to spicy, but if this is mild, I’d hate to see what hot is like. My mouth was on fire. It had an interesting flavor, chicken and potatoes in the curry sauce, but my lips were tingling after just a few bites.
Loren ordered the ginger chicken.
His was even spicer than mine. He enjoyed it, but still ordered some coconut ice cream for dessert just to cool off his tongue.
The ice cream had bits of coconut in it. Total bill was $50 and it took a while for both of us to regain sensation in our tongues and lips. This is not a restaurant for the meek when it comes to spicy.
Last day on the island and we got up at 3:00am in order to go on the sunrise Lava Ocean Boat Tour. It was just so amazing during the sunset tour that we had to do it again before we left the island.
After the tour, we headed back to our B&B for breakfast then over to the Liliuokalani Gardens for awhile.
We ate lunch at the Kuhio Grille in Hilo. We actually ate breakfast here on our first day on the island. Pancakes and a Belgium waffle that were huge and way more than one person could eat.
Lunch on our last day also consisted of way too much food. I ordered the chicken katsu with some corn chowder. The chowder was really, really thick. It had the consistency of mashed potatoes.
The chicken was a little overcooked. Not the best I’d had on the island. Loren ordered one of their specials, a Philipino combo which had spare ribs, adobo & pumpkin, long beans, wing beans and pork.
He was a happy guy. The meat just fell off the bones of the spare ribs. Wonderful flavors all around. He had no idea that he was eating pumpkin until he asked the waitress what it was. Our final meal on the island ran us $28.
All in all, we had an amazing vacation in Hawaii. At every turn we were fascinated by the scenery. From beautiful waterfalls, to lush green rainforests, to endless lava fields, to flowing glowing lava. We kept saying “Wow”, only to have a bigger “Wow” uttered at the next stop. The food was also wonderful. So many of the restaurants used fresh, local ingredients and it was so apparent in the final dishes.
If you’re interested in seeing the rest of our photos, you can check them out on my Flickr page. We’re slowly getting them edited and posted. Aloha!