I had heard about this place on my previous visits to the Big Island but never made it there to eat. Having recently read about Dave’s Place on many review sites and noting high ratings for the food, we went early to try the breakfast. The outside is “rustic” and inside the restaurant is simple and homey.
I was immediately greeted by friendly Isaac, an Oregonian who stays on the Big Island months out of the year and loves helping out in the restaurant. He made sure we were seated and taken care of before our food arrived.
We then met Malcolm, the owner of the restaurant and I asked what type of Hawaiian name is Malcolm?! Anyway, his Aunt Susie was helping him behind the counter as the morning people started to arrive ready for coffee and eats. There is a neighborly feeling with the chatting going on at each table and no one in a hurry to leave.
Always searching for the perfect French toast, that’s what I ordered and Chris ordered what else but loco moco. The thickly sliced eggy sweet bread toast was cooked to perfection and served with Island syrups. The steaming loco moco plate had lots of rice buried under two seasoned beef patties and a delicious gravy topped with two sunny side eggs. All was served on disposable plates and flatware and utterly delicious.
Malcolm loves to talk about Hawaii and is thinking of ways to expand his menu for locals and tourists from the resorts. Reasonably priced and cash only, next time Chris will order the kimchi with the marinated brisket. And I’m looking forward to tasting his new creations and dining among relaxed folks and family.