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Do you need ideas for Kona Take Out?
The Kona area has dozens of delicious ocean- and mountain-view restaurants to enjoy. They range from the casual – like Island Lava Java and Quinn’s Almost by the Sea – to more special occasion spots – like Ulu Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons and Merriman’s in Waimea. But more often than not, we are in Kona with an autistic kid in tow – which means we are looking for Kona take out. And regardless of age, there is something to be said for a tasty take-out lunch enjoyed at the beach, or a take-out dinner on the lanai after a long day of sun, sand, and surf.
From north to south in the area, here are some of our favorites for Kona take out. And also, don’t be shy about asking about take-out at other places – you might be surprised at the range of restaurants that can accommodate your request.
Adept at fulfilling large orders, open long hours, and located very near the Kona Airport, Pine Tree Cafe is a traveler’s best friend. Plus they sell a wide variety of tasty, portable options – including a solid teriyaki burger, huge salads, and other island favorites. If your flight arrives midday and you need something to eat before heading into town, this is your stop.
Hours: Open daily from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Piece of Mind Picks: You will find this a convenient stop for sandwiches or other items to take on your departing flight as well.
Great pizza and great beer always go hand in hand – and at Kona Brewing Company, the relationship is even more direct. The spent grain from the brewing process forms a part of their signature crust recipe. The toppings range from the common to the creative. I recommend the local options – the luau includes kalua pork and pineapple salsa, and anything with Portuguese sausage. On the northern end of town, two blocks up mauka of Ali’i Drive.
Hours: Open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Piece of Mind Picks: The pepperoni rolls make an especially portable – and tasty – pizza meal on the go.
A locally-owned breakfast and lunch spot tucked into the front of the Sea Village condominiums. A breakfast sandwich and coffee should be your go-to, though you can also grab a sandwich or smoothie to take on the road with you for the day. This small spot has just a handful of spots to sit outside, so it really is best for take out.
Hours: Open daily 6:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Piece of Mind Picks: I highly recommend the bagel breakfast sandwich, with an almond milk latte.
Just south of town in the front of the Kona Bali Kai condominiums, Da Poke Shack has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and has received numerous other accolades. Fresh fish, with great poke recipes, along with a few solid options for non-fish eaters make this a great choice. Literally no place to sit, so definitely a take out spot.
Hours: Open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (or until they sell out).
Piece of Mind Picks: I usually go for the Shack Special or Pele’s Kiss. Also important to note that they offer hot Hawaiian plates as well, for those who just won’t eat their fish raw.
Off the beaten path, just south of Kailua-Kona in Kealakekua, Sundried Specialities is a no-frills eatery with a variety of both raw and cooked options. There is basically no ambience, either indoors or out, but you go for the food.
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, and Saturdays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed Sundays).
Piece of Mind Picks: Poke, plate lunches and a lilikoi (passionfruit) cheesecake worth breaking all the rules for.
So now you eat great Kona take out all week – without even needing to leave the Piece of Mind Retreat – unless you want to. You’re welcome.