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Looking for Mexican Food in Monterey

Scarecrow back with a reply. I wasn't there, but my wife and two boys (age 8 and 5) went to Papa Chanco's and were delighted with it. As I said, they weren't looking for anything upscale. PC had just the right ambience. And they're fairly easy to please wth the food, and they were not disappointed. Sorry I don't have more details, but my wife said the experience was a good one.

Many thanks for all of the recommendations!
Scarecrow

Jan 04, 2010
scarecrow22 in California

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

Scarecrow back again with a long-delayed report and request for update. My wife and two boys (now 8 and 5) are heading back to the WBR on the BI next month.

Feb. 2009 report: Had very good, but not great, meals at Merriman's and Holualoa Cafe. My wife was not a big fan of Merriman's. She thought it was trying to be too cute (e.g., serving soup in a mason jar, which she found hard to eat from), and the food was luke warm and over salted. I'd go back but I'd be eating alone.

Our server at the Holualoa Cafe was a bit difficult and turned us off. When we asked for a side order of green beans, which our kids loved, she paused and said "we're not that kind of restaurant." God only knows what that was supposed to mean. We're fairly laid back Northwesterners, or I would have asked. She ultimately brought them, but her demeanor throughout the meal soured the experience. The food, however, was excellent. (We returned in August with a group of eight adults. We got the same server and she was equally awkward that time. But again, the food was great.)

The highlight of the trip was Rapanui. Ladybugthepug recommended it and it was fantastic! Our kids loved the sates. The curry chicken was outstanding. And the "house rice" recommendation was right on the money. We returned there in Aug. with another couple and it was similarly excellent. Given the quality, it was hands down the best value. The New Zealand beer and short but well-selected wine list was also a bargain and complemented the food perfectly. We're definitely going back there at least once.

We enjoyed great, low-priced lunches at the Big Island Grill in Kona and Huli Sue's in Kamuela/Waimea. Island Fish and Chips was a 5-min. walk from our condo. The fish was fresh and tasty.

I've forgotten the coffee shop we visited down south towards Capt. Cook, but it is perched right on the mountainside with stunning views. We also had a terrific breakfast at the place that is connected to a theater, also south of Kona (Cinema Cafe? or some such theater-related name?).

Feb. 2010 Trip: We are planning to head south at least one day to Kealakekua to visit the Capt. Cook Memoral. (I read to my boys the rather politically incorrect biography on Cook written in the early 1960s by Ronald Syme. They were fascinated.) We're hoping to kayak across the bay and maybe do a little snorkeling. Time, stamina and appetite permitting, we'll try to hit Teshima Cafe, Keii Cafe, or Big Jake's BBQ. Any thoughts/updates on them?

I saw a reference to Two Ladies Mochi. Anyone have any more intel on that place, including location? My wife and I love mochi.

I think this trip (Feb. 2010) will be more value oriented. We had such positive experiences at Rapanui, Huli Sue's, Big Island Grill, and similar venues that we'll likely skip the higher end places this time. Plus with the kids it's just easier to go a little more casual. So if anyone has any updates or further recommendations for the Waikaloa Beach Resort area (from Kona up to Waimea), please pass them along. Mahalo!
Scarecrow

Jan 04, 2010
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

Looking for Mexican Food in Monterey

I'm a Seattle hound looking for some quick help for Mexican food in Monterey. Kid friendly would be helpful. Nothing fancy needed but nothing too divey either. Cheers!
Scarecrow

Dec 28, 2009
scarecrow22 in California

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

Holualoa Farmer,
Scarecrow here. We're on the BI now. I'll give a more detailed report when the trip ends but for now I can tell you we've had great meals at Merriman's, Big Island Grill and Island Fish and Chips. We are staying near the King's Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort area.

Two questions: First, we went to the farmer's market in Kona on Sat. Do you have other recommendations for where we can find fresh, local produce during the week? Second, can you recommend a coffee plantation tour? Thanks!
Scarecrow

Feb 16, 2009
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

LBTP, timing is everything! Rapanui Island Cafe sounds like a great suggestion. I don't recall seeing it discussed before. Cheers.
Scarecrow

Jan 27, 2009
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

Alan, plate lunch I can handle. Thanks.
Scarecrow

Jan 27, 2009
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

EA, thank you for your input. Very helpful information. We are staying at the beach, not up in the village, so we're not far off the highway. Still, it's a haul to get south of Kona. Thanks also for the rental car reminder. That's the one thing I hadn't done. Cheers.
Scarecrow

Jan 27, 2009
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

Bill, many thanks for your reply. I read with interest your many good posts. I'll do my best to report on our culinary escapades from the BI.

Jan 27, 2009
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

Big Island of Hawaii -- Kailua/Kona/Waimea

Seattle hound here. We're taking a family vacation (wife, me and two boys (7 and 4)) to the Big Island next month, staying in a condo at Waikoloa. I've reviewed the various posts on the board and would appreciate updates and guidance on the following possibles, including updated news regarding recent closings:

Fine Dining: The wife and I will probably go out for one or two nice meals sans kids. Merrimans sounds like a "must." We had a great meal at the Maui Merriman's last Aug. I'm also intrigued by the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa. Doesn't seem to get a lot of attention on the board but what it gets sounds very good. We've done Hualalai several times and while we have had singularly excellent experiences there, I'm interested in trying some place new. Plus with AW departing and the hotel changing hands, I'm curious if it's still performing up to snuff. Daniel Thiebaut also sounded like a "possible," but reviews were more mixed.

Japanese/Thai: We'll probably get the whole family out (if that's appropriate in these places) as my kids love Asian food. I'm looking at Teshima's or Kenichi for Japanese and Original Thai or Bangkok House.

Casual: In no particular order
- Waikoloa Beach Resort fish and chips stand (does anyone have a name for this one?)
- Manago Hotel (how long is the drive from Waikoloa Village?)
- Hawaiian Style Cafe (just how "Korean" is this place? Candidly, while I love most Asian food, Korean is not my favorite)
- Big Island Grill
- Huli Sue bbq
- Pine Tree Cafe
- Boston Basil's
- Kona Brewery (do they have much that kids would like?)

Coffee:
- Coffee Shack (I'm a little concerned this will be a long way to drive for a cup of Joe)
- Kona Joe's

Thanks,
Scarecrow

Jan 26, 2009
scarecrow22 in Hawaii

[Seattle] Persimmon -- a neighborhood gem

My wife and I ate tonight a Persimmon in Fremont. It was our second time there and we asked ourselves why we hadn't been back sooner. It's unpretentious but upscale at the same time. The menu is not large but has something for everyone, including the reasonably-priced wine list. The quality is excellent -- with great ingredients, excellent preparation, and top notch presentation (warm plates, change of silverware with each course, etc.). Our server was friendly, informative, and low-key.

We had the warm olives, pate and potato pancakes with lox as appetizers. The olives were simple but excellent. The pate was creamy, rich and satisfying. The potato pancakes were simple but flavorful and perfectly prepared, and the lox and sour cream/herb spread were oustanding. We shared the pumpkin soup -- deeply flavorful without too much cream, and the fish of the day special -- halibut perfectly prepared with excellent mushrooms.

The wine list is a small but thoughtfully-selected group of reasonably-priced bottles from Europe and the northwest, with almost all of the wines available by the glass.

This place is outstanding and an excellent value. It has that rare combination of being comfortable, great quality and delivers a lot bang for the buck. It doesn't have the buzz or celebrity chef like some places in town, but it should be a huge hit among word-of-mouth locals with a taste for quality but an eye for value. Seattle is lucky to have it.

Oct 22, 2006
scarecrow22 in Pacific Northwest