NEED RECS FOR OAHU DINING!
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;
Leonards Bakery (Malasadas)
933 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Waiola Shave Ice
Address: 2135 Waiola Ave, Honolulu
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)
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).
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.
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:
Lunch - Mariposa @ Neiman's; dinner is not as interesting especially as there is no view
at night. However if you go on Friday night you can see the fireworks quite well.
Fish and other items - Nico's Pier 38, right on the waterfront across the fish auction house.
The furikake ahi is always good and the daily specials are quite special. They email their
daily specials from their website.
Assagio - Kailua. I know there are other locations but I only have been to this one. Both at
lunch (lots of martini drinkers during the day!), large portions, great fish/seafood items and
of course the Italian items you might expect - done quite well. They have a delicious Caesar
salad prepared tableside that is always a winner.
Morning Brew - breakfast/coffee/lunch - Kailua Marketplace (by Times Supermarket). Fabulous locally roasted coffee, hot chocoate, pastries and a full menu of breakfast items.
They have a really good bagel selection , the lox item is terrific. Cozy little place really
Sumo Ramen (Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center by Safeway and I think Pearl Highlands) - anyway really good ramen, chicken katsu curry, gyoza and such. Their Maebo tofu noodle
is amazing, lots of heat and creamy tofu. It is a nice little stop enroute back from the North
Shore or on the way. Carry out from there is always good.
town - Waialae Ave. Kaimuki - lovely little place! B/L/D. Dinnertime is quite loud so go early
if that is a problem for you. Lunch is a more mellow time. Delicious cocktail menu with freshly made herb floats, juices and that sort of thing makes for memorable libation. Their
burger is delicious, freshly ground NS cattle co. beef, great with added bacon and gorgonzola, their fries are the best with little deep fried herbs sprinkled atop. The cod
fritters and light, crisp and served with a malt vinegar aioli, their mussels are served
with a broth that just doesn't quite with flavor and little tiny round pasta that are positively
miniscule but bursting with flavor. GO! GO! GO! to town!
Roy's - the original Flagship in Hawaii Kai, great food, great view of Maunalua Bay if you
go early. Kid friendly if that is applicable and since it can get loud in there you don't even
notice if there are any in there anyway.
Teddy's Bigger Burger - Kailua and other locations. Another gem for burgers and great
fries, they serve them on a fluffy potato bun with this great sauce. Lots of different combinations offered.
Agree with Pineapple Room, Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, Ono Hawaiian, and Leonard's. Kakaako
Kitchen must have gotten better, I used to eat there (or try to) for lunch a few times a week
when I was working in the area and the orders were always wrong or cooked wrong (like
underdone chicken for example on chicken fried chicken w/bacon gravy on Wednesdays).
KCC Farmer's Market on Saturday - you can get coffee, pastry, kalua pork, burgers and
sausages (andouille or portuguese) on a bun or loco moco from NS Cattle Co., there is a
great booth from Maui selling lots of interesting things and some prepared foods. Fried
Green tomatoes and onion rings are always popular, it's fun to go to. You might even
see the chef/owner of town there buying armloads of produce from everyone.
Some of my ideas are from the Windward side from which I try to never venture far from....
However I do get out every now and then and actually leave my house so that's a bit of
what I could come up with for now. Hope you have a great trip!
Assagios has locations in Hawai'i Kai and the Ala Moana Shopping Center and (not sure if this one is still open) Mililani. The linguine puttanesca (with or without chicken) is good.
Foodland supermarkets fish counter has kimchi shrimp that I find addictive, $5.99 a pound (last year, anyway).
If you like Korean cooked at your table, look up Seoul Yakiniku on King @ Kalakaua (or Kalakaua @ King). Get the steak pieces dinner.
Sorabol for 24 hour Korean, their iron bowl soups are great.
Kaka'ako Kitchen is not to be missed. Daiei superstore is great for a midnight snack...and the poke was super cheap but fresh.
try the grass skirt grill right in the heart of haleiwa town on the north shore. it is located at 66-214 kam hwy. fresh fish everyday. very casual, but great food.
Town - without a doubt my favorite dinner in Honolulu. Go for the Ahi appetizer, delicious gnocchi, great taste combinations.
You Hungry - Fav plate lunch, right across the street from the convention center
Diamond Head Grill - Favorite Poke, also try the Plantation Iced Tea from the counter outside and anything else there.