Sweet Potato Kitchen

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    ( 16 reviews )
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808-345-7300
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55-3406 Akoni Pule Hwy (at Hawi Rd, Big Island), Hawi, Hawaii, USA, 96743

Gluten-free, organic kitchen. Offers vegan food with egg as optional add-on. Specialties are the beetsteak, a patty with a miatake-reishi mushroom gravy, coconut vegan ice cream. A picnic table is out front. Brunch on Saturday. NOTE: relocated Autumn 2017 - please send new address to HappyCow. Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-3:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, American, Organic, Take-out, Hawaiian

16 Reviews

First Review by ancientnow

Well worth the drive! - Edit

We visited Sweet Potato Kitchen in the fall of 2015 when it was in it's previous location. We were so happy to visit in March 2018 and see their new location. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is extensive with breakfast items like granola, waffles, and scrambles. Lunch includes plenty of burgers, bowls, and salads. They also offer delicious smoothies (try the sea monster and Hawaiian punch) and acai bowls. Our favorite dish to get is the beet burger plate with a beet patty, purple potatoes, mushroom gravy and collard greens - melts in your mouth so good. We visited twice during our visit on the Big Island - don't miss this place, it's well worth the drive!

Pros: Outdoor seating, Accepts credit cards, vegan books to look at while you eat

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surprising treat! - Edit

What a delight to find Sweet Potato while our for a drive! Charming, but the most important is the delicious, interesting food options on the menu! My meal was fresh and super tasty. This food is made with love 😊. Highly recommend!!

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Great find. - Edit

Stopped for a late lunch. Burgers were sold out but they have many other items as well. Food was very good. Followed it up with ice cream - also delicious.
Went back the next morning for breakfast - wanted to try the Elvis waffle but they were opening late that day and we were heading out of town.
Parking can be a challenge but you can park at the visitors center. Also there is parking behind shops on the ocean side.
Be sure to stop - it's worth it.

Pros: good food, varied menu, plenty of seating now (incl indoor)

Cons: may sell out of some items, parking can be a challenge

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Very good service and food - Edit

There are a surprising number of little restaurants gathered in Hawi in a somewhat remote area of Hawaii. Sweet Potatao Kitchen stands out near the end of the street (keep walking to the end of and across the street to get to the visitor's center and restrooms). The service was excellent, with details about any item on the menu and drinks. The veggie burger was delicious, homemade consistency and taste. The apple-beet-juice drink was recommended to me and I loved it. Lots of other vegan items on the menu make you wish you could stay and eat more.

Pros: Excellent Food, Good Service, Cute little place

Cons: No restroom (but an easy walk to visitor's center), A bit expensive, as all of Hawaii is, Not many tables, so it might get full easily

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Nice exterior, bland food - Edit

I had burger, guacamole and a shake. The burger had sprouts on it and tasted very healthy. Unfortunately it lacked taste. The shake was not well-composed. The cake I did not try , it did not look appealing (all brownish loaf-style), lovely place, sufficient seats, service got hectic when more than a couple of tables were occupied. No bathroom

Pros: Vegetarian place at the end of the world

Cons: No bathroom

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Excellent - Edit

Really enjoyed our lunch here at the new location just 2 doors east. Storefront was nice and clean with a bright Caribbean color scheme. Food was best on big island! The owner Ruth was our server and provided a wealth of stories to make it a very memorable experience.

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Healthy options - Edit

We wanted to be as blown away as the other reviews, but many items were not available the day of our visit including the Beetsteak. We both had the Huevos Paniolos instead with the kale and carrot salad. Service was super friendly and the food was prepared with a lot of love- we were the only customers and out takeout order took almost 30 minutes.

Pros: Everything vegan unless with egg, Healthy and nourishing, Awesome friendly service

Cons: Many items unavailable the day we stopped in, A long wait for carry out food

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great food, good prices, friendly owner - Edit

It's a small, local, owner operated place with a great selection of vegan, gluten free dishes. We had the lava bowl and the beetsteak plate and both were wonderful. Finished it off with a peanut butter and jelly on banana bread for desert, so good!

Pros: good selection, friendly people, decent prices

Cons: small, all outdoor seating

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Stop The Car! - Edit

Excellent food, service and value! We stopped by when we saw the sign, the ladies that made the food were super nice and very helpful when looking at the menu. I would eat there all of the time if I lived near by!

Pros: great food , good value, helpful staff

Cons: don't blink when driving by you'll miss it

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Great food, great atmosphere! - Edit

Stumbled across this little gem after ziplining all morning. We were hungry and this little spot did not disappoint. My husband had the beetsteak burger and I tried the polenta! We loved the wilted greens so much and the vegan ice cream was amazing.

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Worth the Drive, closes at 3pm. Excellent find! - Edit

Sweet Potato in Hawi is MOSTLY vegan, but they do offer eggs (they know exactly where they come from), and there is some mention of honey (and they know exactly where that comes from too—all local). Chef Susie is superb!
I had fresh vegan banana bread with homemade peanut butter and homemade jelly with homemade vegan toasted coconut ice cream. Boom.
They have a BeetSteak, which is their homemade veggie burger, the plate came with gravy, sweet potato and salad.
They had a Curry Polenta special served with sweet potato and greens.
Their soup was hot or cold vegetable cream with dill and coconut cream.
I had an ice tea made from horsetail and oatstraw (good for the bones!).
All their ingredients clearly listed on their menu.
This is another really great place. They close though at 3pm.

Pros: excellent delicious food, healthful food, clear menu

Cons: Not in Kona

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Great little find! - Edit

Jan 2015 - Sweet Potato Kitchen is a friendly, welcoming, funky little spot with great food! We first found it shortly after it opened in early 2014 and returned in January 2015 when visiting Hawaii. The food is excellent and there’s a good variety of items – no matter what your diet may be. The entire menu is vegan with the exception of the addition of local eggs to some dishes (optional). Dishes are created primarily from local ingredients, all of which are also non GMO and gluten free. The owner, Susan, is engaging; she and her friendly staff will help you find a dish that’s right for you if you are having a hard time choosing. We look forward to our next visit!
Updated from previous review on Sunday February 08, 2015

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Food to die for! - Edit

We were so excited to find a vegan restaurant and we weren't disappointed! I had the salad sampler - delish - along with a freshly baked biscuit and my husband had the Beetsteak Plate which consisted of a delicious patty of beets,(and normally he doesn't like beets), rice, beans, veggies, spices, with Smashed Sweet Potato,wilted greens and mushroom gravy. For dessert we shared a slice of sweet potato pie topped with coconut cream - and then we waddled out of there! We'll be back on our next trip to Hawaii!

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excellent! - Edit

Fresh and yummy. Very friendly and speedy service. Outdoor seating only. Highly recommended.

Pros: gluten free, tasty, friendly

Cons: outdoor only

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SusieSweetPotato 27 Jan 2014 - Thank you so much for your Happy Cow Review!
I'm hoping to one day have indoor seating... :)
We'll keep you posted!
Susie  


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Awesome! - Edit

Mostly vegan! We loved the lemon lime drink! We had the beet steak, taro root patty and greens, biscuit and mushroom gravy, a piece of pie and a piece of ice cream cake. All were great! They sell a vegan ice cream here too!

Pros: Vegan ice cream, Great food, Vegan desserts

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excellent local fare! - Edit

The food at Sweet Potato Kitchen is delicious! This alone would keep me coming back again and again. Everything is local, organic, gluten free and made with so much love. Almost entirely vegan and non vegan food is prepared separately! Highly recommended. Don't miss the Taro Roots Patty.

Pros: local, organic, delicious

Cons: no dinner!

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SusieSweetPotato 27 Jan 2014 - Mahalo for enjoying & reviewing Sweet Potato Kitchen!
We are open now for dinners, Thurs, Fri & Sat evenings from 6-9pm with a completely different menu than we serve for Breakfast & Lunch!
Everything is still Vegan & Gluten-Free of course!
Morgan creates a new a la carte menu each evening (usually offering a soup, salad, a few entrees and a knock-out dessert!)
Hope to see you soon!
Susie  


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