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best steaks in Oahu

lestererik Oct 12, 2009 08:22 PM

I'm going to Oahu in November, and am looking for a great steak restaurant. Me being from Wisconsin, I like my meat! We are staying at the Royal Hawaiian, so any places in Honolulu would be great.

Thanks Chowhounds!

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    mynimooose RE: lestererik Oct 12, 2009 08:49 PM

    Not exactly sure who has the best but here are a few that I like.

    Ruth's Chris

    All of them are conveniently located in Waikiki and the first two are very near the Royal Hawaiian.

    1. flylice2x RE: lestererik Oct 13, 2009 02:01 AM

      Agree with the above. I like Hy's before Woflgang and Ruth Chris...

      1. KaimukiMan RE: lestererik Oct 13, 2009 07:53 AM

        DK Steakhouse gets good reviews, but I haven't been. Hy's is always good, an old standard. Ruth's Chris and Mortons are fine, but no different than what you are going to be getting at any of their restaurants anyplace else.

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          Bill Hunt RE: KaimukiMan Oct 23, 2009 09:58 PM

          Like you, I hear great things about Hy's. The others are really "adult McDonalds" in my book. Even on the Mainland, I only dine there, when a host insists. Even if the wine list is handed to me, I have yet to really enjoy either. Besides, I have about 3 of each in Metro Phoenix, and avoid them here. Why would I go to either in Hawai`i?


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          Cousin Anna RE: lestererik Oct 13, 2009 01:40 PM

          I've dined at DK Steakhouse and prefer this place to Ruth's Chris or Morton's. Hy's is also excellent.

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            mekitto RE: lestererik Oct 22, 2009 08:44 PM

            We thought the Yard House was very good. I believe it is downstairs from Ruth Chris on Lewers Street. I had the ribeye with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. It was awesome, and gluten-free for my wheat allergy. It's not far from the Royal Hawaiian--couple blocks maybe. Enjoy your time in Hawaii.

            1. Bill Hunt RE: lestererik Oct 23, 2009 09:55 PM

              Wish that I could help, but that is one dish that I seldom think about in the Islands. Now, that said, the all-time best filet (my choice), that I have ever had was on Kaua`i at Dondero's at the Grand Hyatt. OK, it is an Italian restaurant and obviously not on O`ahu, but it ended up being the #1 and I grade hard.

              I would pass on the "usual suspects," like Morton's (of Chicago), Ruth's (from New Orleans), and similar. One can get those in Any-city, USA. Hy's gets good reviews, but I have never been.

              I'd look for Big Island beef, or other local producers, and demand such. KC, Omaha, etc., are easily available on the Mainland. Go for local. Dondero's had Big Island beef and an excellent prep - the best all time, and that includes #8 Kobe. I don't know about #9 Kobe, but cannot image that it would equal what I had.

              I wish that I had an O`ahu equal to Dondero's, but I do not - because I would have to have ended up at some place, expecting to order something else and then be greatly surprised.


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                MRMoggie RE: Bill Hunt Nov 13, 2009 05:08 PM

                Don't go to Hawaii to eat steak but I'd bet the folks at the Pineapple Room might do an OK job (isn't there a ribeye on the menu?) since they have a real charcoal grill (kiawe, local-kine mesquite) and do a killer job on the burger. The grill dudes at Buzz's in Kailua usually do a good job on their fresh local fish, ditto for their steaks...

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                  Bill Hunt RE: MRMoggie Nov 13, 2009 07:18 PM

                  You are probably correct. I have just not experienced any beef on O`ahu, that I would tout. It's probably there, but has escaped me in favor of some wonderful "island" fish prep.

                  In AZ, some of the mesquite (think kiawe) grilled steaks have been great. I cannot imagine that a grass-fed Big Island filet over kiawe would not be wonderful, if done properly.


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