I lied. One (maybe 2?) more Hawaii post AFTER this one, which is a quickie. We've just got so many great pics that I want to tell all y'alls about!
In between drinking massive amounts of coffee and eating large sacks of macadamia nuts, we stopped in for lunch at Teshima's Restaurant, just off the coast road a few miles south of Kailua Kona. It's been open since 1929 and a restaurant since 1940 - so hopefully, they're doing something right!
I like the place. It's rambling, and there's weird anti puppy mill art up on the walls, and the folks is friendly.
Teshima's offers a variety of plate lunches, but Logan and I ended up ordering the same one. We normally don't do that, but this combination just appealed way too much! Check it out, we got a ton of food served in a dishwasher's nightmare of plates.
There was some familiar Japanese food, like the fresh ahi sashimi and the tasty miso soup. We were also served tsukemono (the salted cabbage) and sunomono (pickled cucumber and carrot), as well as a slightly dry fried fish and a really delicious, mirin-sweetened sukiyaki made with tender beef, firm tofu, and thin clear noodles. I'm a total sucker for eating with lots of little tastes, though I know it encourages me to eat way too much!
I'd definitely hit Teshima's up again. We didn't try any of their tempura, which is supposed to be great, and they have a rotating roster of intriguing specials, too. The place is convenient and definitely worth a stop if you're driving up the Kona coast!
Teshima's is at 79-7203 Mamalahoa Hwy in Kealakekua. No website. 808.322.9140.