Celebrity chef Sam Choy has transformed an old Wendy's perched on a bluff above a shopping center into a beautiful open-air restaurant with a bar that looks like a charter-fishing boat. Granite-topped tables offer ocean views from every seat. Open for lunch and dinner (and breakfast on weekends only), the venue presents reasonably priced entrées, highlighted by macadamia-nut-crusted chicken, Oriental lamb chops, and Sam's trio of fish served with shiitake-mushroom cream sauce. The ahi salad (served in a deep-fried flour tortilla bowl) is a great deal for $14. Keiki (children's) menus accommodate families, and yes, the restaurant can be noisy. Parking is at a premium, so you might have to park in the shopping center below, or opt for shuttle service. Arrive at 5 pm to nab the best patio seating.
Keauhou Shopping Center, 78-6831 Alii Dr., Suite 1000, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States