The Waikoloa area is replete with expensive and often repetitive restaurants that are all too familiar to travelers. We ate at Roy's, Ruth's Chris, Tommy Bahama's, Three Fat Pigs, and the Hilton, the Marriot and the Orchid. Finding real local food at a reasonable price is nearly impossible.We were tipped off about Pueo's by a local on the golf course near the restaurant. What a surprise! It's about 7 miles from the Waikoloa Resort and slightly less from Mauna Lani. Jim Babian, previously chef at the Four Seasons on the Big Island, and his wife Christine are marvelous hosts and the food that they prepare is totally gourmet in a casual atmosphere and the prices are unheard of in the islands. How about chicken piccata as good as any in New York or New Haven for $17 in a portion so large that even a big eater will have trouble finishing. Add a fine Italian wine for $10 a glass and you're in Italian heaven. Other courses are varied in price but each offers a fine cuisine at a reasonable price. The wine list as well is carefully chosen and offers value not available in the area. We ate there several times and it will be our first stop on our return. Oh, I forgot about the Sunday brunch.......again a relief from the ordinary omelet chef at the hotels with a delicious diversity which will please any palate. Gene Shannon. Woodbridge, CT
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