Did you just land at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole and are starving for some great island food after a long trip? Look no further because we’ve got you covered. Below are the best restaurants near the Kona airport.
Food: French, Cafe, European
Located in the heart of Kona and just a short drive from Kona airport, Frenchman’s Cafe has been said to have the best breakfast in town. The cafe provides breakfast, lunch, brunch and of course a wonderful drink menu. Frenchman’s Cafe has classic French meals such as crepes, croissants, sandwiches, and omelets as well as a tasty dessert menu. Although you might not expect to dine at a French restaurant in Hawaii, Frenchman’s Cafe allows you to sample a taste of French cuisine on a beautiful island. Additionally, they offer special menu options for people who are seeking gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.
Broke Da Mouth Grindz
Food: Hawaiian and Filipino
Broke Da Mouth Grindz can be characterized as a quaint little neighboorhood eatery that offers hearty portions of locally sourced Hawaiian and Filipino staples. For those who are not familiar with ancient Hawaiian Language “broke da mouth” refers to food that is so incredibly good that you cannot talk at all, you just eat. Their award-winning menu has everything from garlic butter jumbo shrimp to braised beef short ribs. If you’re looking for a quick bite they are the best option for you. If you have not tried Hawaiian or Filipino food before we highly recommend this eatery. You can expect to receive huge portions and the most bang for your buck. They do offer gluten-free options to those who ask.
Pine Tree Cafe
Food: Hawaiian local cuisine
Conveniently located near the Kona airport, Pine Tree Cafe offers quick bites influenced by traditional Hawaiian recipes. If you have just landed or you’re looking to eat before you head to the airport, Pine Tree Cafe is the right place for you. You can expect to receive your food quickly for a very reasonable price. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as food for people who are seeking gluten-free or vegan and vegetarian options. If you are looking for quality food and drink, with some great laid back old Hawaiian atmosphere, Pine Tree Cafe is your place.
Food: American, Seafood, Healthy
Locally owned by Chef Makani, Ultimate Burger was created to be a “quick service” burger restaurant catering to a broad spectrum of diners. Their menu offers burgers to people who are looking for gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options with their organic and locally sourced ingredients from the Big Island. The restaurant has an open layout so guests can see the magic happen and smell the amazing aroma of delicious burgers. Their team of employees prides themselves on offering the very best service while being quick and efficient. Your burger will be cooked to order as well as your fries served with Chef Makani’s citrus aioli.
Umeke Fishmarket Bar and Grill
Food: Seafood, Hawaiian, Asian, Polynesian
Created by Owner and Head Chef Nakoa Pabre, Umeke Fishmarket Bar and Grill offers a majority of their menu items to be served in bowls. This is inspired by the word “umeke” meaning bowl. You can expect to design your own custom meal when you choose from a wide variety of Hawaiian inspired entree items accompanied by your choice of unique sides. For diners who are searching for gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, Umeke is the right place for you to eat.
These are just a sampling of the many great restaurants near the Kona airport. If you are looking for activities to do after your meal you should check out Tropical Helicopter’s Kona tour. This tour allows you to adventure around the entire island from a very unique vantage point. While you are in the air you will see all five volcanoes, including the active and erupting Kilauea Volcano. On your way to the volcano, you will fly over the world famous Kona Coffee Belt, Green, Black and White Sand Beaches, and even a desert.
For more information on each helicopter tour, contact Tropical Helicopters today.