Waterfront restaurant specializes in fresh seafood
Bite Me Sportfishing Charters’ five boats tie up at Honokohau Harbor a few miles north of Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, and right there is the Bite Me Fish Market Bar and Grill, a casual waterfront restaurant. Fresh fish –mostly caught in local Hawaiian waters or from a local aquaculture facility — is served right next to the sea. As a native New Englander, I have the fondest memories of lobster ponds and clam shacks within sniffing distance of the sea, so I was happy when I saw Bite Me with its harborside seating option.
Just inside the entrance door is a counter where customers can buy fresh-caught, fresh-cut fish like ahi (yellowfin tuna), mahi mahi (dorado), ono (wahoo), hebi (short-nosed spearfish), a’u (marlin) and aku (skipjack tuna). Just behind is the dark, pub-like indoor dining room. Keep going to the decent-size, umbrella-shaded deck with a small lunch-counter-look bar and bright red picnic tables.
Beyond that is the charter boat dock where the Bite Me fleet is tied up and clients’ catch is weighed and photographed.
Boat people comprise a significant part of the clients, of course, but a group of us headed there following a two-mile or so shoreline hike at the nearby Kaloko-Honokoholau National Historical Park and a snorkeling stop. We found an umbrella-shaded table on the deck and ordered an appetizer combo to share and then pretty similar lunches — fish tacos and the daily special of scampi on rice.
Price Check: At lunch, shareable appetizers (pupus), $8.50-$14.50; shellfish by the piece, and crab legs and peel-and-eat shrimp by the pound; soup, $6 cup and $9 bowl; sandwiches, $9-$13; entrees, $9-$13; dinner entrees, $14-$27; dessert, $5-$8. Breakfast is also available, $9.95-$11.95.