Nori's Saimin and Snacks

The saimin is the still the customer favorite at this Hilo restaurant.

In 1983, BethAn Nishijima opened Nori’s Saimin and Snacks in Hilo, roughly 10 minutes from the Hilo airport.

Nori’s cultivated a reputation as a must-stop place for baked good omiyage, or gifts, and while the homestyle cafe still whips up house-made cookies, pies and other desserts, another staple is its saimin.

Starting at $6.95, the cafe offers hearty bowls of the Hawaii comfort food, made with traditional noodles and blanketed with green onions, fishcake, char siu and egg strips.