Honolulu - Side Street Inn or Ono?
We're staying on the north shore and will only have a chance to have one meal in Honolulu -- I want to try a good local foods restaurant, nothing fancy, and we're with two teenagers. I've had both Side Street Inn and Ono Hawaiian foods recommended -- which do you think would be more fun and tasty for our group -- probably at lunchtime? Also, would drinks at the House with a Key be worthwhile even with the teens?
Here's what we've done so far:
Ono's and Side Street serve very different food. Ono's is traditional Hawaiian food lau lau, poi, pipikaula, lomi salmon, etc. while Side Street serves local-style food which mixes the influences of Japanese, Korea, Hawaiian, Chinese, American, etc. Both are good but they are not interchangable. Make your decision based on what you want to try.
House without a Key is an excellent choice even with teens.
Adding to Yoshio's excellent descriptions, Side Street Inn is really a bar with good food, so liquor is served there. The food is also a bit on the salty side, purposely so, as a cold beer tastes mighty good with their pupu's.
Sidestreet Inn has a totally different, and inferior menu at lunch. At lunch they are basic plate lunch. All of their famous dishes (fried pork chop, lilikoi spare ribs, etc.) are evening faire only. I once convinced them to cook up some of that for me for lunch, but they won't always do that.
Though it isn't my favorite place, if you have not had traditional Hawaiian before, I would choose Ono, which gives you an authentic experience.
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