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Duke's

That's the one. Thanks, I really should have looked it up myself, it feels like bad form to recommend a restaurant here and not even be able to list its name.

Yes, now that you mention it, the service was pretty leisurely. Of course, we were on vacation so maybe it didn't matter as much to us.

Jul 21, 2013
Bodyslam in Hawaii

Mi's Italian Bistro, Kona coast

We've been on the island a week now, and this is the best dining we've had, hands down.

About ten miles south of Kailua Town, in Kealakekua, in a little storefront in a small row of typical Hawaiian storefronts, Morgan and Ingrid (the M and I of Mi's) have created a sweet little oasis. There are certainly some fancier restaurants on this side of the island, but Mi's is not lacking in any sense. It's very tastefully and comfortably set up, and immediately welcoming when you walk in.

The bruschetta changes daily. Tonight it was a creamy, cheesy, herby spread containing some eggplant, spread on crostinis of their housemade bread (they make their breads and pastas in house) with slices of cucumber and tomato on top. A definite winner. My wife had the pumpkin soup, which she liked: hearty and light at the same time, not overly creamy. Winner number two.

We shared two entrees: the crab manicotti and a special of cubed ono, rolled in herbs and sauteed in a meyer lemon sauce, served over linguini. Two very different dishes, both wonderful.

Save room for the Tiramisu. And I won't say that about any other Tiramisu I've ever had.

The wine list is excellent. Value for price is also very good, in both the food and the wines.

Do I sound enthusiastic? Let's just say that if they opened this same exact restaurant in San Francisco it would immediately go into our top ten, maybe our top five. We're only on the island a couple more days, and we're already scheming on how we can get back here for another dinner. There were a half dozen other dishes on the menu that were calling out to us.

Do yourself a favor.

Jul 21, 2013
Bodyslam in Hawaii

Duke's

Also, one of Oahu's best restaurants is right there on the windward side, in Kailua. It's Moroccan, maybe not what you think of first in Hawaii, but there it is. I can't think of the name right now, but do a search. How many Moroccan restaurants can there be in Kailua? It even worked with a party including young children and a couple of picky eaters. Highly recommended.

Jul 20, 2013
Bodyslam in Hawaii

Duke's

I agree, not what I would consider fine dining either. If you want to go for lunch and get fish tacos, fine, it's a pleasant place with great views.

Adding one recommendation if you like sushi, check out Sasabune. Very high grade sushi, with the prices (and snooty attitude) to match. Flawless food and presentation.

Jul 20, 2013
Bodyslam in Hawaii

Regional Italian cuisine

Mmm, thanks for the reminder. Albona is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, and has been consistently good for years. It's been too long, I should go back there soon.

Not inexpensive, though.