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Feb 1, 2009 06:17 PM

Oahu lunch ideas - need your help ASAP

Okay, so it's been a successful dining adventure in Hawaii the past two weeks, but I need Chowhound help with my final lunch choice. My husband has decided he wants to do a tasting challenge of Puka Dog vs. Hank's Haute Dogs in Waikiki. This isn't really my type of fare, so I'm looking for suggestions for a quick lunch for myself. Our flight to the mainland was moved up, so we have a 4pm seating at the Pineapple Room for an early dinner. As a result, this will be an early lunch and doesn't need to be heavy...I'd love a Japanese recommendation or perhaps something authentic Hawaiian (although that might be too heavy for lunch). We'll probably park at the Ala Moana Shopping Center and go from there. Maholo in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. There is a place called Diamond Head Market & Grill on the corner of Campbell & Monsaratt.
    There is a market inside but order from the outside takeout window. They make wonderful plate lunches. Much healthier options that most of the local places. I've never had a bad meal from them. Ahi Salad is good as is Portobello mushroom burger. They also have single portion desserts inside that are great. It's about a ten minute drive from Ala Moana.

    1. The second floor of Shirokiya in the Ala Moana Shopping Center is kind of trippy for its variety of Japanese bentos and food offerings. I'm not sure you'll find the food to your liking, but the experience will certainly be a unique end to trip to Hawaii. There are a lot of foods that can be sampled. Also near Ala Moana Shopping Center, on corner of Kaheka and Kapiolani, is Shokudo, which I believe is a Hawaii outpost of a Japanese chain. The sushi menu is quite varied and the salads are large.

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      1. re: honu2

        Thanks, we shopped at Shirokiya and actually found some wonderful Mochi and Mochi ice cream treats. In the end, I had lunch at Tokkuri-Tei @ 611 Kapahulu Ave; Ste 102 in Honolulu. It's off the beaten path but totally worth it. Had the most out of this world Nasu dengaku (grilled eggplant with miso) and a Miso butterfish roll.