Local cuisine is part of what renders visiting or living on our islands so special, and also, in our opinion, one of the finer points in life is enjoying great food. But do you understand what the next best thing to enjoying good food is? Watching excellent food being appreciated on TV. We’ve compiled a list of some of the Big Island’s the majority of significant restaurants that have earned their time in the spotlight over the previous few years.

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Whether you’re a regular customer to these local joints or visiting Hawai’i Island for the first time, we hope this write-up inspires you to continue to support regional businesses, because the stories of how each of these restaurants came to be are undeniably unique—and that speaks volumes to how special our community truly is.


Kaaloa’s Super J’s

Kaaloa’s Super J’s was featured on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode “Hidden Treasures” (season 3, episode 8) that highlights the most well-known item on the menu: the pork laulau, a typical Hawaiian delicacy and comfort food.

On Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil, “Hawai’i” (season 4, episode 5), Phil discovers his love for huli chicken at the mobile Hawaiian restaurant, GJ’s Huli Chicken, endeavors to downtvery own Kona where he finds traditional Japanese hand food at The Feeding Leaf Kitchen & Okazuya, and visits Kahua Ranch for an exclusive dining endure all set by among Merriman’s Big Island’s chefs, making use of meat from the ranch itself. 


Huli Chicken Lunch Plate through GJ"s Huli Chicken
Image via The Feeding Leaf Kitchen & Okazuya
Image via Kahua Ranch

Famous restaurateur Guy Fieri takes on the Big Island also in seachild 28 of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with these famous downtvery own Kona staples. From traditional poke at Umeke’s to the famous Furikake Chicken at Broke Da Mouth Grindz, Fieri leaves our island also area impressed through what we brought to the table. These episodes deserve to be streamed on Hulu.

The Heartbreaker via Umeke"s

This jam-packed episode of Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, “The Big Island also,” (seakid 7, episode 2) takes us on a journey with hold Andrew Zimmern throughout the island also to taste the ideal our regional cuisine has to offer and can be perceived on Amazon Prime Video.

Short N Sweet Bakery and also Cafe

Short N Sweet might be the just restaurant on the Big Island also to be featured on 2 different TV shows! Owner and baker Maria Short debuted on the well-known food preparation competition, Holiday Baking Championship, for its sixth season simply last year, which have the right to be streamed on Hulu. Her time was unfortunately cut brief on the display, however she definitely made our island proud.

World-class chef Rachael Ray passist a visit to the Big Island also to attempt some of the tastiest food throughout the island also on seakid 1, episode 5 of $40 A Day.

I don’t recognize about you, however I’m heading to one of these neighborhood gems after watching these mouth-watering episodes! We’re so lucky to live in a place with such delicious culinary specialties that lure celebrity food doubters and also cooking reflects aprefer from eincredibly edge of the country.

Which restaurant is your favorite on this roundup? 

Taylon joined the Big Island also Pulse team as a Digital Marketing & Editorial intern. Located on the Kona side of the island also, she is able to give brand-new, neighborhood perspectives to the readers of couchsurfingcook.com. Her favorite hobby is admiring her brand-new, 5fifth edition of the Associated Press Stylebook.

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