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Help with casual but good/unique restaurants in/near Kona area?

We're spending 5 nights at the Four Seasons Hualalai next week and I've had some trouble figuring out places to eat in the Kona area that aren't expensive resort restaurants. I've read good things about Beach Tree at the Four Seasons and we'll eat there at least once, but I want to try some other places as well (focusing on local/unique foods as much as possible). So far my list includes:
1) Da Poke Shack
2) Huggo's (I've seen mediocre reviews....not sure it is worth our time).
3) Monstera (is this really worth visiting, or is it just a typical Japanese restaurant? We're going to some great Japanese places in Honolulu so only want to try this if it is a must-do.)
4) Ultimate Burger (we want to try at least one burger place that uses local beef). Is Annie's Island Fresh Burgers a better choice?
5) Kona Brewing Co - probably only for the tour/beer.
6) Bite Me Fish Market - I would really like to try a place similar to this, but the reviews don't sound all that appealing .... worth it for the fresh fish?

May 21, 2013
tngirl in Hawaii

La Cabrera and Don Julio - which for Fri dinner/Mon lunch?

My husband and I will be in Buenos Aires for a quick trip in a few weeks. We'd like to try both Don Julio and La Cabrera. I thought about Don Julio for dinner on Friday night, and La Cabrera for lunch on Monday, but I am confused about La Cabrera's opening hours (the website indicates that the original location is open for lunch on Mondays and La Cabrera Norte is closed then, but the reservation system on the website only allows you to reserve lunch at the Norte location on I've seen conflicting information online.)
Can anyone confirm whether one of the La Cabrera locations is open for lunch on Mondays, and if so, do I need a reservation? I thought it would be a better idea to go to Don Julio for dinner and La Cabrera for lunch since it sounds like La Cabrera would require a long wait for dinner - but any other opinions are appreciated.

Lunches in Napa and Carneros

Thanks for the great suggestions. I'll report back and let you know which places we end up trying.

Feb 16, 2012
tngirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunches in Napa and Carneros

We are looking for quick but tasty lunches for our trip to Napa next weekend. We would like a quick lunch that won't take too much time from our wine tasting plans, as we'll be having larger dinners (FARM at Carneros Inn and Cyrus in Healdsburg). Any suggestions very much appreciated! We have already been to Oakville Grocery and Gott's Roadside several times, so would like to try something new. We'd be ok with going to something like a food truck/taco stand but I'm not sure about locations and opening times.

On Sunday, we'll be in the Silverado Trail area somewhere between Oakville/St. Helena/Yountville around lunchtime. On Monday, we'll likely be around the Carneros area or near the Sonoma Square at lunch time. We've thought about just picking something up at the Sonoma Whole Foods but that isn't very exciting!

Thanks in advance!

Feb 12, 2012
tngirl in San Francisco Bay Area

le comptoir- new system

Is this true? I know the menu was a la carte for August, is this permanent now?

Sep 17, 2010
tngirl in France

Need substitute for Frenchie for early Sept lunch

Cafe Constant looks perfect. Thanks so much. We are also looking for somewhere near the Tuileries for breakfast/hot chocolate - any suggestions? Have been to what I think of as the major tourist places (Laduree and Angelina) so not sure if we should go back or try somewhere new.

Aug 19, 2010
tngirl in France

Need substitute for Frenchie for early Sept lunch

I need to find a place for lunch on Weds., Sept 1. Frenchie would be my first choice but it is closed until Sept 7. Does anyone have an idea for a good replacement lunch? My hotel is in the 2nd but I'd like to go to the Marche Ave. du President Wilson on Weds. morning so I'm not really concerned about the location of the restaurant. I'd like to spend no more than 20euro per person. Any suggestions welcome! I have considered Breizh Cafe (although not really similar to Frenchie at all!) but not sure about that yet - are reservations required for a mid-week lunch?

Aug 14, 2010
tngirl in France

Looking for bars/drinks close to Union Square area

I'm staying 3 nights (Sat-Tues) in a hotel near Union Square in July. We have dinner plans for each night, but might like to go to a bar/winebar/place for cocktails either before or after dinner, so it might make sense to go somewhere not too far from our hotel. Any suggestions in the Union Square area, or other locations which wouldn't be too difficult to get to on public transportation?

Jun 24, 2010
tngirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Please review my plan for Fourth of July weekend.

I think we'll try to go to Incanto then. The Dynamo website says it is open on Sundays but closed on Mondays? Good idea to check to make sure everything will be open on July 4.

Jun 21, 2010
tngirl in San Francisco Bay Area

Please review my plan for Fourth of July weekend.

My husband and I will be in San Francisco for 3 nights over 4th of July weekend (Sat-Tues). We have been to SF before and have eaten at Chez Panisse, The Slanted Door, and various places in the Ferry Building. We won't have a rental car so we'll either have to take cabs or public transportation if we go to restaurants which are not close to our hotel, which is near Union Square. We have come up with a preliminary list but definitely open to suggestions. We are more interested in casual/interesting foods and don't really want any blow-out meals (Quince, Coi, etc.). We'd also like to try a few bars for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Suggestions are much appreciated!

Saturday - we'll arrive early afternoon, and head to the Ferry Building to get some snacks. Dinner - I'm thinking Incanto - is it worth the trip? We'll probably want to go somewhere before or after dinner for drinks - maybe Water Bar or Clock Bar in the Westin.

Sunday - We're planning to go to Sausalito at some point during the day. I do want to try Bi-Rite ice cream, Dynamo Donuts, and Tartine - since they are all in the Mission District, I figured it might be good to try them all at the same time. Would it be possible to either go to Sausalito in the morning, then go to the Mission District for a later lunch? Or better to hit the Mission in the a.m. and then go to Sausalito, perhaps taking some pastries there for an afternoon snack? In the evening, we'll watch the fireworks at the wharf. Dinner - possibly Tony's PIzza Napoletana. We love pizza and have heard this is good, plus its not too far away.

Monday - We are going to visit the Disney Museum in the Presidio. For lunch, I am interested in Nopalito but again it is kind of far away. I also want to try Bar Crudo, maybe for dinner.

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Bar Crudo
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Jun 21, 2010
tngirl in San Francisco Bay Area