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Jan 10, 2007 04:25 AM


hi chows! please help me with recs for restaurants in oahu.. plan to try to go all over the island so all recs are appreciated! from cheap to fine dining looking for the best!
things i am interested in are and not limited to;
loco moco
farmers market


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  1. Leonards Bakery (Malasadas)
    933 Kapahulu Ave
    Honolulu, HI 96816

    Waiola Shave Ice
    Location #1
    Address: 2135 Waiola Ave, Honolulu
    Phone: 808-949-2269

    Location #2
    Address: Kapahulu Blvd, Honolulu
    (same street as Leonards Bakery & 2 blocks from Rainbow Grill)

    RAINBOW DRIVE-IN (Plate lunches & burgers)
    3308 Kanaina Avenue Honolulu

    Matsumoto Shave Ice
    Address: 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa, Hawaii (North Shore)
    Phone: 808-637-

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      1. Poke - Tamashiro's Fish Market or Tanioka's.
        Breakfast - Liliha Bakery, Anna Miller's or Boots and Kimo's.
        Dessert - Cafe Laufer or Bubbie's Ice Cream.
        Luau - No commercial luau, but good Hawaiian food can be found at Helena's, Ono Hawaiian Food and Young's Fish Market (eat in or take-out).

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          1. re: monku

            ...and just about everything else! We had coconut cream- filled malasadas when we visited that were just incredible.

          2. Malasadas: Yes, Leonard's Bakery [take out] in Kapahulu.
            Hawaiian Food: Yes, Ono Hawaiian in Kapahulu [not upscale].
            Mall places: Kakaako Kitchen [take out with seating outside] at Ward Center and The Pineapple Room in Macy's at Ala Moana Center [upscale].
            Outdoors: Hau Tree Lanai [upscale] at the south end of Kapiolani Park.
            Other: Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas [fusion, upscale] in Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Blvd.

            All of these are in Honolulu, not too far from Waikiki.

            1. A hole in the wall kind of place near the airport (near Nimitz Highway)is Ethels Grill. (breakfast or lunch open 6am-2pm)

              Huge portions. It is literally a hole in the wall...looked like it was the office of an old motel. But Ethel the owner is a fantastic host and her husband does the cooking in the back. Lots of fish specials too.

              Great ramen or lunch plates. I went there and for $5.50 you get a beverage of iced tea,miso soup, salad w/fantastic home made dressing, sashimi appetizer and your entree(huge).


              Review and some pictures:

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              1. re: monku

                Eh monku, Ethel's is crowded enough already at lunch time.

                1. re: curiousgeo

                  Believe me...I go before the lunch rush. I love the place. Last time we were there my daughter had the oxtail ramen and it was the biggest bowl of ramen I'd ever seen. Ethel's great...she gave my daughter a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts when we left.

                  1. re: monku

                    I usually get the mahimahi plate and I also like the chicken katsu donburi. My co-worker swears by her Okinawan pigs feet soup.

              2. Sam Choy has several restaurants on the island. He's like the Emeril of Hawaii.