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It's in a back alley behind the bakery -- they don't start serving it until ~10pm... but it is SOOOO worth it!
It's a bit of an experience that feels somewhat like the Seinfeld "Soup Nazi" -- she takes a few orders, goes back in (closes door), prepares them, comes back out, you give her money she gives you bread.
[ASIDE: Lisa -- it might be good to translate "grinds" for those that aren't from the islands! ]
PADI IDCS-232295, DAN Instructor 13015 Simple Scuba diving
Been looking for good So. Cal style Mex here on Oahu for 2 years now. Try Diegos on King Street (by Old Stadium Park, Makai Side). 2 tank dive in the AM, Carne Asada Burrito w/ rice and beans and a nap. Sounds like a great day.
For Italian try Sistina (also on King) Great atmosphere, good wine list and friendly service.
Thai = Phuket (Mcully Shopping Center) Great curries, awesome aps and good prices for the portion sizes
Back to the Big Island... Unfortunately Sam Choy's closed a year or two back, there's still a bunch of good eats though.
The absolute best value for the buck (at least into last year, haven't been there lately) for years has been the Hawaiian Style Cafe up in Waimea. They basically are a plate lunch place that gears to the cowboys (historically, the first cowyboys in the US were in Hawaii, taught by Argentine caballeros) in the area... lots of food for 6-8 bucks, tasty too. I try to get up there every couple of years just for thrills. Portions are nearly double (sometimes more - try the 2 eggs and bacon (12 or so pieces) with pancakes) of anything in Kona.