First off, they get huge props for being easy to work with. Our original choice had been Huggo's, but we dropped them after experiencing a number of problems, including their $2000 food and drink minimum. For 18 people (three of whom are children), that seemed pretty excessive.
Enter Jackie Rey's. They didn't require ANY minimum, didn't require a deposit, and were super accommodating. They don't have Huggo's spectacular view of the water, but they were clearly the better choice in so many other ways.
Sandy ordered the chicken and mushroom risotto. They had to prepare it without the Portobello Fries that normally accompany it, but it was otherwise gluten free without further modification. It was spectacular. I'm always a big fan of risotto. I'm not always a big fan a mushrooms, but the mushrooms didn't overpower the taste, and there were no big slimy pieces that you sometimes get in mushroom dishes. The rice was flavorful and fluffy and the veggies were perfectly cooked.
|Wild Mushroom Risotto with Chicken|
Cathy ordered Scallops with Coconut Yams, which came with some green beans. For dessert she had the gelato. James had the New York Strip without the demi-sauce, which contains gluten.
Several of the guests in attendance declared Jackie Rey's the best restaurant meal they had while in Kona.