Diner Confidential: Huggo’s “Secret” Spots

"City" lights view from Huggo's intimate Nalu Lanai.

Suspended just feet above gently breaking waves under a canopy brilliant stars, nothing beats dinner on Huggo’s hidden and intimate Nalu Lanai. With just about 20 seats available in this area, don’t take your chances — be sure to reserve in advance. And with winter temperatures dipping into the low 70s, be sure to bring a wrap. Chef Ken’s take on some seasonal Huggo’s classics will also warm the body and soul. Consider house-made Kabocha squash gnocchi with baby bok choy and wild mushrooms or Cioppino — a tangy tomato-based fish stew with lobster, shrimp & crab, topped with asparagus and grilled filet of Ono. Perfect wine pairings? Carmel Road Chardonnay with the gnocchi and Rodney Strong’s Sonoma County Pinot Noir (or for those who prefer a fuller-bodied red, try Nice Malbec from Argentina) with the Cioppino.

Soul-satisfying entrees at Huggo's.

Overheard last night at Huggo’s: “We could be in a seaside village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast!” We say, better yet, you’re in paradise — Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island!

Thanks Kona Dave for sharing these great photos.