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by Audrey Davis | Hawai'i magazine | March 15, 2013

In Hawai‘i, we love food. So get ready to eat your way through the islands and add intrigue to your palate by visiting these adventurous restos.

1. Gannon’s
WHAT Under the direction of chef Bev Gannon, this award-winning restaurant, blends traditional island flavors with a rich contemporary decor in bamboo and marble. The result: a truly sophisticated dining experience. TRY The surf ’n’ turf, starring beef tenderloin and lobster in a bordelaise sauce with mashed potatoes with foie butter. WHERE Wailea Gold Golf Course, 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.8080, gannonsrestaurant.com

2. Stage Restaurant
WHAT It’s an eatery adorned with trendy hues and bold artwork. What more could you want for a night out? TRY Go all out with Stage’s six-course grand tasting menu. WHERE Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapi‘olani Blvd., 2nd Floor, Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, 237.5429, stagerestauranthawaii.com

3. Rays on the Bay
WHAT Chef Bryan Byard is burning up the kitchen at one of the hottest restos on Hawai‘i Island. TRY Head out to sea with dishes like the ‘ahi and avocado poke, miso shrimp salad and the Kona lobster pot. WHERE Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, 78-128 ‘Ehukai St., Keauhou, Hawai‘i Island, 930.4949

4. Oasis On The Beach
WHAT Experience Kaua‘i’s bounty at this must-try eatery, which features an oceanfront setting and organically grown produce. TRY The tenderloin au poivre with creamy mashed potato and cognac-soy. WHERE Waipouli Beach Resort, 4-820 Kūhiō Highway, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, 822.9332, oasiskauai.com

5. Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
WHAT Peter Merriman has recently brought whole new flavors to the Westside. Like the Wailea original, the hot spot is all about island fish, wood-fired pizzas, burgers and salads, plus a few wild cards. TRY The pumpkin ravioli or the Dry Mein made with Iwamoto Natto saimin noodles. WHERE 92-1046 ‘Ōlani St., Ko Olina, 380.4086, monkeypodkitchen.com