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Best American in Hawai'i (Big Island)

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Chef Peter Merriman, the former culinary star of Mauna Lani Resort, has received critical and public acclaim for his Upcountry venture. Serving the best and freshest Big Island products with contemporary flair, this restaurant is on a par with the finest resort gourmet rooms. Mr. Merriman personally supervises the purchase of ingredients from local farms and makes sure to give credit where credit is due. Fresh seafood, creative salads and decadent desserts are always present on the ever-changing menu.

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Kohala Burger and Taco is one of the smaller shops in a small cluster of shops and eateries in Kawaihae, but not one to be overlooked. The burger place is a perfect spot for yummy, juicy burgers and flavorful tacos. This burger spot prides itself on using island grass-fed beef and homemade tortillas. The prices are a bargain, especially when you compare it to nearby resort offerings, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The eatery is very small, but what lies inside this cheery eatery is perhaps one of the best deals in the neighborhood. Skip the resort food and enjoy more for a lot less.

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Voted Best Burgers in Kona by the locals, I dare you to finish one of their signature half pound burgers without a tummy ache! But that's not all you can feast on here. Splasher's boasts of a breakfast that is among the best in Kona as well as excellent fresh fish tacos, and well-mixed drinks. The mood is light, and the location is perfect for people watching right across from the ocean near the pier.

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Great burgers with a local flavor - that's Village Burger for you! Choose from a range of delightful burgers which uses only locally sourced beef. Some of the popular items in the menu are Hawai'ian Ranch Burger, Hawai'ian Red Veal and Kahua Ranch. There are milkshakes to complement the meal, topped up with scoops of local ice creams. Overall this is a must-visit location for burger lovers.

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In addition to the 100 percent Kona coffee that is the Big Island's pride and joy, this restaurant serves scrumptious cinnamon rolls and tasty sandwiches. On warm days (of which there are many), the island-made ice cream, featuring local fruits such as mango and coconut, is a good bet. A hearty breakfast menu gets the crowds bustling every morning with the extensive meal options are an excellent bet for a relaxed lunch or dinner. The restaurant is located right across the ocean and diners can enjoy breathtaking views of Kailua Bay and of the crowds of people exploring Ali'i Drive.

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