The pretzel at Lighthouse Deli

Photo: Kahuku Photography

There’s a New York-style deli in Hawi, the tiny town in the northern, remote corner of Big Island, a town as polar opposite of New York City as any. And yet, it’s a first-rate sandwich shop, with sandwiches piled high with pastrami and corned beef. The housemade pretzels are a must—warm from the oven, chewy, butter-glazed, sprinkled with coarse salt and sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. They don’t taste anything like the pretzels sold from New York City hot dog carts, and that’s exactly why we like them. 

55-3419 Akoni Pule Highway, Hawi, Hawaii Island, (808) 889-5757. $3