20 cheap eats for under $20 on Hawaii's Big Island
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18. Noris Saimin & Snacks( Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times )
Seven awards hang inside the entrance to Nori's Saimin shop, lauding the tiny cafe for its Hawaiian-style noodle soup. The certificates are from the local newspaper, and that's exactly why we dropped in for lunch one day: Everyone we talked to in Hilo told us that Nori's Saimin rates as one of the most popular local-food cafes in town. The restaurant is difficult to find and not much to look at, but it may be the best noodle shop on the island. You won't find many tourists here. You will find locals who appreciate good value and fast and friendly service. Our favorites were the saimin ($6.69) and ginger pork ($10.75). Be sure to call for directions.
We loved: prices and quantity.
We didn't love: overly salty food.