By Coastal Living
June 11, 2008

Bamboo, North Kohala Coast, Kapaau, HI; 808/889-5555 or Kapaau restaurant that sparked the local renaissance when it wastransformed from an old grocery store into one of the island's besteateries. (November-December 2004)

Café il Mondo, 45-3626 Mamane St. #A, Honokaa, WaipioValley, HI; 808/775-7711 or Excellentpizzas and calzones; Serves lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. (May2007)

Hula La's Burrito Bar, North Kohala Coast, Hawi, HI;808/889-5668. (November-December 2004)

Simply Natural, 45-3625 Mamane St., Honokaa, Waipio Valley,HI; 808/775-0119. This cheery organic/natural foods restaurantmakes a terrific spicy tuna melt; Serves breakfast and lunchMonday-Saturday. (May 2007)

Tex Drive-In, 45-690 Pakalana St., Honokaa, Waipio Valley,HI; 808/775-0598 or The mainattraction, no matter what hour, is the malasadas-puffy pillows ofyeasty deep-fried dough, available with a variety of gooeyfillings; Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. (May 2007)

Harbor Pub, 1765 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI; 808/941-0985or This puboverlooks Ala Wai Marina, and draws relatively few tourists-exceptfor itinerant yachtspeople. Locals love the pizzas; the rest of themenu runs toward sandwiches and such typical bar fare as nachos andwings, but, oddly, almost no seafood. (December 2006)

Kilauea Bakery, 2490 Keneke St., North Shore Kauai, HI;808/828-2020. Stop by this bakery on the eastern end of the NorthShore for a chocolate-macadamia nut cookie (or three). (April2008)

Postcards Café, North Shore Kauai, HI; 808/826-1191 or Fordinner, this restaurant prepares fresh seafood and gourmetvegetarian meals using primarily organic ingredients, includingherbs and tropical fruit from its own garden. While reservationsare advised, the café (a replica of the 19th-centuryrice-plantation cottage that once stood here) is casual andwelcoming. (April 2008)

Tropical Taco, Hanalei, North Shore Kauai, HI; 808/827-8226or Don't missat least one lunch at Tropical Taco in Hanalei. This quirkyestablishment with limited indoor seating and only lemonade todrink offers customers warning on its surfboard menu: "Not to beconsumed one hour before surfing!" Take your beer-battered-fishburrito and lemonade out to the lanai, and climb onto a bar stoolat the railing. There you can admire wandering roosters, passingcyclists, and the yard art across the street. (April 2008)

Blue Ginger Café, 409 Seventh St., Lanai City, HI;808/565-6363. (November-December 2001)

David Paul's Lahaina Grill, 127 Lahainaluna Road, Maui, HI;808/667-5117 or Try theKona coffee-roasted rack of lamb. (November 2006)

Gerard's, 174 Lahainaluna Road, Maui, HI; 808/661-8939 or restaurant on the first floor of the Plantation Inn.(November 2006)

Pacific'O, at the 505 Front Street complex, Maui, HI;808/667-4341 or Excellentseafood. (November-December 2006)

Buzz's Original Steakhouse, 413 Kawailoa Road, Oahu, HI;808/261-4661 or Alocal favorite for fresh seafood and spirits. (July-August2007)

Albachiara, Avenida Hidalgo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico;011/52/998/877/1714 or Italian-run restaurant that incorporates seafood in itsinventive appetizers and entrees. (January-February 2008)

Café Santa Fé, Calle Centenario, Todos Santos, MX;612/145-0340. Northern Italian cuisine. (January-February 2005)

Deseo Hotel & Lounge, Playa del Carmen, MX;011-52-984/879-3620 or For tapas andapéritivos, there's no better-or trendier-place to be than therooftop of Deseo. (November-December 2003)

El Gusto! Restaurant, in the Posada la Poza hotel and spa,Todos Santos, MX; 011/52/612/145-0400 or Fine-diningrestaurant; "We bring together Mexican hospitality and Swisstouches," says owner and artist Libusche Wiesendanger.(January-February 2005)

Picus, Isla Mujeres, Mexico; 011/52/998/129-6011. Bustlingopen-air restaurant near the harbor landing. Great fresh seviche.(January-February 2008)

Playa Lancheros, Isla Mujeres, Mexico; 011/52/998/877-0340or open-air restaurant near the harbor landing. Great freshseviche. (January-February 2008)