On Saturday, we were heading up to Hawi to go ziplining and drove though Kamuela to eat breakfast at the Hawaiian Style Cafe. This is a cash-only restaurant that gives you a ton of food for the money.
I ordered a loco moco, but it wasn’t as good as the other ones I had on the island.
I didn’t like the hamburger patty and my over-easy eggs were a bit overcooked. There was plenty of it though.
Loren ordered their Kalua Pork omelet special which came with hashbrowns and pancakes.
This was a breakfast made to be shared. The pancakes alone were enough to feed at least 2 people and the omelette was stuffed full of pork. The whole breakfast was under $20 and there were plenty of leftovers.
After ziplining, we hiked down to Pololu Beach. Beautiful views from the trail as you head down.
Then we stopped for some Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Hawi. Loren had the Coconut cream and the Ginger White Chocolate. I got the Tahitian Vanilla and chocolate. They were all wonderful. The only thing I didn’t like was that my chocolate ice cream had M&M’s in it and ice cream as good as this really didn’t need anything extra.
We stopped to watch the sunset before stopping for dinner.
Huli Sue’s BBQ in Waimea was our dinner stop tonight.
We split the BBQ Sampler which had pork, ribs, chicken, sausage and brisket plus two sides. We got cole slaw and corn bread pudding and ordered a couple of extra sides as well, an Oriental Bok Choy dish and some black beans.
Again, lots of food (this seems to be a theme in Hawaii). The BBQ sauce had a tang to it and all the meats were pretty good. The black beans were ok, but the other sides were better. The Bok Choy completely did not go with the meal, but it was still tasty.
And I had to get a piece of their famous banana cream pie to go.
I understand why it’s famous. It was soooo good. I took it out to take a bite and almost finished it right there. Smooth and creamy with a nice crust and topping. Total dinner was $47 and there were plenty of leftovers.
We actually went back to Huli Sue’s later in our vacation after a very disappointing meal at Manago (I’ll get to that later). We were just going to get dessert, but ended up getting some BBQ nachos as well as a slice of chocolate cake.
The nachos were good, but I just wanted some sweetness.
Thick, rich, chocolatey goodness, in a moist delicious cake. Huli Sue’s makes good BBQ, but their desserts are amazing. Our little snack run cost us $17.
By Sunday, day 5 of our vacation, we were completely whooped. But that didn’t stop us from doing some spelunking in Kaumana Cave. It was a very cool walk through an old lava tube.
For lunch, we headed over to Pahoa to Kaleo’s Bar and Grill. We ordered the Tempura Ahi roll for our appetizer.
It was absolutely amazing. This was one of the best things we ate on the island. Crispy on the outside, with Ahi, rice and veggies on the inside. I should have just ordered a second one for my entree.
I ordered the Chicken Katsu, but wasn’t too impressed.
The rice wasn’t cooked well, and the chicken was a little dry. It definitely needed a dipping sauce, but the one that came with it was a bit too spicy and when I asked for a sweeter sauce, I ended up with an even spicier chili Thai sauce.
Loren was much happier with his meal. He ordered the Mahi BLT and just raved about it.
And, what did they have for dessert? Lilikoi cheesecake! My new favorite dessert in the whole wide world.
It was so good. Light and creamy with a wonderful passionfruit flavor. I have got to find a recipe for this pie. $46 for lunch and we left with happy tastebuds.
We spent the afternoon walking around the Lava Tree Park, McKenzie Park, and East Point, then headed back to Hilo for dinner at Pescatore’s.
If there’s calamari on the menu, we usually order it.
Normally, the calamari we get is in rings and not quite as thick as these pieces were. The batter didn’t have a lot of flavor, but the marinara sauce was good.
I’m always happy when they bring out the bread basket.
Loren started with a salad and I got some pasta fagioli.
They were both ok. The soup had a nice flavor and lots of veggies in it.
I ordered the fettucine alfredo with shrimp for my entree.
It was ok, but there was a flavor in it that I didn’t care for. I don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t one of my favorite alfredo dishes. Loren ordered their mahi ahi fish special.
He really enjoyed it. There were two different sauces on the fish and it came with a pesto spaghetti. I had heard they had a killer chocolate truffle cake here so I got one to go.
Talk about disappointing. I don’t know how to describe the texture, it wasn’t smooth at all. Sort of crumbly. The flavor was ok, but overall, it was not as good as I had been led to believe. This was our most expensive meal on the island at $72. We had much better meals for a lot less money elsewhere.