Formerly executive chef at the acclaimed Merriman's restaurant in Waimea, Chef Allen Hess recently opened his own namesake restaurant at the former Huli Sue's down the highway. Foodies will appreciate his "slow food" take on regional cuisine inspired by Hawaii's plantation era. Don't miss the braised short ribs, the fried pork chop, the goat tacos, and the Kona lobster bouillabaisse. Chef Allen makes everything in-house, including sausages, patés, and dry-aged meats sourced from Big Island beef producers. As for seafood, his broiled local kampachi is the highlight of the fresh-catch offerings.