Merriman’s in Waimea


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We were in Waimea a couple weeks ago. Rob and I spent the morning in a local cafe getting some work done on our laptops, and Cindy and Jenna were spending the day meeting up with some of their friends from college. Since they couldn’t join us, Rob and I decided to go to Merriman’s for lunch. I’ve been there before, and it’s one of my favorite restaurants on the big island. It’s a restaurant that won’t take a lot out of your pocket either, yet it manages to be even better than some of the higher-end restaurants on the island.

It’s located on a rolling hillside in a very picturesque spot. If you’re into photography at all, it’s worth snapping a few pictures of the restaurant and the hill when you visit.

I decided to keep it simple and go with one of my favorite meals at Merriman’s: the half-pound hamburger. They always cook it perfectly, and you can get whatever toppings you want. I always add avocado to mine, because it’s one of my favorite veggies. The burger also comes with a side of potatoes. If you get it for lunch, it only costs $12.

It was Rob’s first time at Merriman’s. He got the Chinese short ribs, which comes with a side of kim chee and rice. I think he enjoyed Merriman’s as much as I did, and we’re planning to visit again next time we’re in Waimea. Next time we’ll need to get Cindy and Jenna to come with us; I don’t think either of them have ever been here. Merriman’s also has a few other locations throughout Hawaii, but I haven’t visited any of the other restaurants yet.

– James