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Waikiki Cheap Eats?

I'm looking for some (non chain) cheap eats in Waikiki.

We stay at the Outrigger Reef and the guys I'm usually with are (1) cheap (2) lazy and (3) not adventurous. We're talking about guys in "Members Only" jackets with white socks pulled up to their knees. They're content to eat at the Shorebird every time they're there.

I usually hit Eggs 'n Things for breakfast and frequently hit a number of different ramen places for lunch or dinner. I've been to Mac 24/7, which I liked, Fatty's and also the food court at the International Market Place.

And walking distance only, please. I'll never be able to talk these guys into renting a car or taking a cab (sad, I know).

Thanks!

Tipsy

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Eggs 'n Things
343 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

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    1. monku is right about rainbow, just don't let them order a burger. surely they can handle a plate lunch.

      teddy's bigger burgers
      moose mcgillicuddy
      chili's (gasp, mainland chain)
      puka dogs

      1. Every time I go back home, I always drop by Diamond Head Market & Grill on Monsarrat, between the Zoo & Diamond Head. Much preferred over Rainbow's. It is Top Notch, local, fresh, take out/plate lunch fare. You'd pay over twice as much if you ordered at a dine-in restaurant. I love to pick up lunch from the grill, go to the beach or park nearby and I'm in 7th heaven! Love their ahi sandwiches, burgers, plate lunches, any type of salad, and homemade chai iced tea.

        Don't forget to go inside the market to check out the fresh baked goods(love the blueberry scones) and ready made sandwiches or salads.

        FYI, seating is very limited. That's why I always take it to go. Yumm.........

        http://www.diamondheadmarket.com/

        1. Take them to food court at International Market Place and drop them off for dinner. Tell them to order and that you have to go to bathroom then sneak across street to Azure at THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN for a drink and bite and when you go back tell them suddenly you are not hungry.

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          1. re: UES Mayor

            Good call Mayor on the International Market Place for cheap good local eats..
            Also, your staying at the Outrigger Reef and Duke's and Hula Grill have excellent happy hours daily with excellent mai tais, calamari and pork sliders..
            Mai Tai room at the Royal Hawaiian has $6 drafts and don't get any better than that sitting oceanfront looking at Diamondhead!
            Aloha

            1. re: UES Mayor

              Funny to get recommendations from you for Waikiki, UES Mayor. I think we live just a few blocks apart on the UES :)

              Tipsy

            2. I would walk right over to the awesome food courts at Ala Moana Ctr and Shirokiya. And don't miss Dave's ice cream on the ground floor at Sears. You could get sacks of take out and dine on the beach.

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              Shirokiya
              1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

              1. Just spent a few days in Waikiki and ate at Yummy Korean BBQ everyday! It is so delicious and cheap. On top of that the portions are HUGE! The kalbi is cooked when you order it and you get 4 sides. Kim chee, potato noodles, mac salad, and heaps of different veggies. There's a location in the International Marketplace on Duke St and at the Ala Moana Mall. The mall was slightly tastier.

                For future Waikiki go-ers you have to try Marukame Udon which is near the corner of Duke St and Kuhio. Fantastic freshly made udon and tempuras. Most of the udon bowls are between $3.75-5.75. The tempura is about $1.50 a piece. There is usually a long line out the door but brave the line since it moves pretty fast.

                Another yummy noodle shop is Ramen Nakamura (near Hard Rock Cafe). Get there early since the dining space only seats about 20 people. Shoyu Ramen with gyozas is YUM!

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                Ramen Nakamura
                2141 Kalakaua Ave # 1, Honolulu, HI 96815

                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                1. Though it's been awhile now, we have had two good meals at the Shorebird Diner. My wife still fondly recalls one ahi night there, when I must have exceeded my normal capabilities, and cooked the perfect ahi.

                  As we are too often strapped for time, we have not been back for many years, but wife gives it a thumbs up, and she's used to dining at La Mer!

                  Enjoy,

                  Hunt

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                  La Mer
                  2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

                  1. Cheap eats and in walking distance from the Reef? How far do you want to walk? All the way to Ala Moana? If so, the Mai'kai Court in the Ala Moana Shopping Center has lots of cheap eats. On the other side (mauka) of the Center on Keeaumoku St. is Likelike Drive In and small independent food concessions at Don Quijote. Near the Ward Center is Kakaako Grill, Kua Aina, and Big City Diner but I'm thinking it's pretty far to walk? Wailana Coffee Shop and Todai on Ena Road (not cheap though) is probably closer? Can't think of many cheap eats especially good cheap eats in the heart of Waikiki.

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                    1. re: Clinton

                      We're now staying at the Ala Moana Hotel. Haven't been there yet. Will be there in a few hours.

                      Kicking this thread alive for current recommendations for food and drinks near Ala Moana.

                      Thanks!

                      Tipsy

                      1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                        Ala Moana Hotel is right next to Ala Moana Shopping center. There is a food court at street level (below mall level) where the prices are only slightly elevated. There is an upper level food court as well. More expensive (and mostly chain restaurants) Tsukiji Fishmarket gets very good reviews, although not inexpensive.

                        In your hotel, Royal Garden Chinese is good for lunch or dinner, not cheap but decent prices. If you wander down to Keeamoku Street you can find some good ethnic food at decent prices in various places.

                        And half way between your Hotel and Keeamoku is a smaller street, Kaheka. A block and a half up Kaheka is the "food court" in front of Don Quixote market. Some good deals there. You also might enjoy a shopping trip inside DQ. Very interesting store.

                        1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                          Shirokiya's second level has a wide array of delicious eats at reasonable prices, unless you don't care for Japanese food.

                          1. re: Quince

                            Just looked at Shirokiya on Yelp. Looks amazing. Thanks!

                            Tipsy

                          2. re: TipsyMcStagger

                            What price range are you looking for? Cuisine preferences? Up Keeaumoku street and in the surrounding areas there are a lot of Korean and Japanese restaurants. Side Street Inn is nearby.

                            1. re: killersmile

                              Moderate to cheap. Any cuisine but looking for sushi, ramen and breakfast for sure.

                              Tipsy

                              1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                Breakfast 2 for 1 coupon in 101 things to do found on HNL streets for Moose's on Lewers..good deal and good breakfast.
                                Aloha

                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                  Interesting...in the past we've stayed at hotels closer to Moose's. I had the worst Guinness pour in that place that I'd ever seen several years ago and haven't been back. Never knew they serve breakfast.

                                  Tipsy

                                  1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                    Aloha Tipsy..
                                    I hear you...20+ years ago, saw someone get thrown down those stairs..
                                    Surprisingly decent for breakfast and half off coupon makes it mo' better..can get busy.
                                    Will you go and have a couple of Leonard's Malasadas for me..
                                    Jealous

                                2. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                  At Ala Moana Shopping Center there is sushi and ramen at the Shirokiya food court as well as cheap beer during happy hour. Genki sushi is at the mall if you have never tried kaiten sushi, but don't expect great quality. It is affordable though. There is also Goma Tei ramen on the street level ocean side of the mall. Goma Ichi ramen is one block up from the shopping center on Keeaumoku Street. Tsuku Tsuku Tei is an udon shop and is also on Keeaumoku as well as So Gong Dong which serves sundubu (Korean soft tofu soup). You could even go to Palama Market on Makaloa Street for Korean plates. In the Ala Moana Hotel there is Yuzu. I also like Michinoku on Keeaumoku. If you want to splurge, visit Sasabune or Sushi Izakaya Gaku for excellent but expensive sushi.

                                  1. re: killersmile

                                    Thanks for the info. I just waked through the Shirokiya food court. Definitely sensory overload. Looks like lots of great options.

                                    Tipsy

                                    1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                      I don't know if you are still on the island or not, but if you are, there is one ramen stall in Shirokiya that changes every couple of months, as they bring in ramen chefs from different parts of Japan on a rotating basis. I think the current crew is from Hiroshima. I've had ramen from previous resident chefs, and I have to say the quality is generally pretty high.

                                3. re: killersmile

                                  I'll be back at the Ala Moana on Thursday. Plan to try Side Street Inn.

                                  1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                    Better to go with a group, otherwise bring a big appetite.

                                4. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                  TipsyMcStagger-are u still on the UES? Haven't seen u around-then again I don't know who u r!

                                  1. re: UES Mayor

                                    Yes, still on the UES. But I travel for a living and the subway construction has been keeping me away, too. The 86th Street cavern (which I toured...so cool!) is being blasted under my building.

                                    Tipsy

                                    1. re: UES Mayor

                                      I'm on 87th/2nd! We are probably close by each other!

                                    2. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                      Eggs N Things added a location at the lowest level of Ala Moana Shopping Center. It's on Pensacola St. and Kona St. in the strip mall besidesthe ramp that goes from the Center.

                                      Within the Center, I like Panya (mauka side close to Longs) and Blue Hawaii, which is actually a shop that sells surf stuff but also has a counter for smoothies, acai bowls, soups and sandwiches. Nordstrom's cafe, in the ground level of Nordstroms, is also good.

                                      If you want to splurge, Morton's is having a $49 4-course prixe meal "Savor the Summer" special that is going on right now. One of main course choices is a 6 oz. filet mignon.

                                      1. re: honu2

                                        I just stumbled upon the Ala Moana Eggs 'N Things. I wonder if it gets as crowded in the mornings as the Saratoga St. venue?

                                        I had breakfast at Wailana Coffee House. I know it's nothing special but I've always wanted to give it a try.

                                        Any good dive bars near the Ala Moana Hotel? I used to go to Arnold's (under/behind Saratoga Egg's 'n Things) when we stayed at the Outrigger Reef.

                                        Tipsy

                                        1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                          The 4 blocks mauka of the intersection of Keeaumoku St. ramp into Ala Moan Center and Kapiolani Blvd. teems with bars, many of which would qualify as dive. Keeaumoku St. between Kapiolani and King St. is also a high crime area.

                                          1. re: honu2

                                            High Crime? Really? I've never felt unsafe in that part of Honolulu. I agree that there are a wide range of bars in that area, ranging from halfway decent on down. The dive bars that used to be behind (mauka) of the Ala Moana hotel are all gone now.

                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                              I'm not sure that one's feeling of being safe/unsafe corresponds to whether HPD thinks of it as a high crime area. For example, I never think of Restaurant Row as being an unsafe area, but HPD has a patrol car parked on Punchbowl St. at Pohukaina at nights because of all the calls it gets from the bars. The same holds true with Keeaumoku St., expecially between McDonalds and Makaloa St.

                                              1. re: honu2

                                                Just walked up Keeaumoku to Michinoku. In the 6+ years I've been coming here, we've stayed at the Ohana East, the Outrigger Reef and the Hilton (the one one with Mac 24/7). I've honestly not ventured over to this end of the "strip" much at all.

                                                We definitely saw some characters walking along Keeaumoku but more than anything, I was impressed by the number of mom-and-pop restaurants; seemingly mostly Japanese and Korean.

                                                I'm looking forward to exploring the area more during future visits.

                                                Tipsy

                                                1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                                  I'm glad you found the area worth exploring. For what it's worth, the area around Keeaumoku mauka of Ala Moana Center is not considered part of Waikiki (or the strip) by local folks. It really is a separate neighborhood, probably lower income if one considers the number of public housing (3) and Section 8 projects (1) within a mile of the Ala Moana Hotel and the number of elderly residents. However, there are also a lot of Japanese and Korean visitors present because of the very same restaurants that you are attracted to.

                                          2. re: TipsyMcStagger

                                            Just wanted to update this thread and give a recommendation for Goofy Cafe & Dine. It's pretty much across the street from Wailana Coffee House on Ala Moana in a small space on the second floor. I've eaten there twice and really like it. It's Japanese owned with a mostly continental menu.

                                            I enjoyed it very much. It's not super cheap but definitely not expensive.

                                            Tipsy

                                            1831 Ala Moana Blvd
                                            Ste 201

                                    3. Cake Noodle at Fatty's (on Kuhio?).

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                                      1. re: Joebob

                                        Yes to Fatty's.,,really tasty Chinese, but only things off the menu that are cooked to order, not from the prepared deli-type glass case. It is near Kuhio in the alley on the Diamond Head side of the International Market Place. Also, big diner-style breakfasts at Moose McGillicutty(sp?) on Lewers...check the tourist mags for a 2-for-1 coupon that makes it an even better deal...probably the most economical decent meal in Waikiki.

                                      2. Alan Wong's Pineapple Room serves breakfast on the weekends..
                                        Aloha

                                        1. members only jackets were the sh*t!

                                          1. Aloha..
                                            Anything new going on...be there in a couple of weeks..
                                            Will miss the gtg by a couple of days.. :(
                                            xo

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                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              I was at Nico's on Saturday for dinner. Had a great, if not fabulous meal there. I also heard music by Cory Oliveros. If you get a chance to see him and eat you will have a marvelous experience. Looking forward to the lunch that sadly you'll miss at Orchids next week on the 13th!

                                              1. re: manomin

                                                Aloha manomin!

                                                So bummed not seeing you all and it would of been an easy jaunt from the RH to Orchids..

                                                Hoping to see our beloved Diva.
                                                Have a great time at lunch!
                                                Aloha and Mahalo

                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                  Maybe we could meet up one day while you're here. I hope you see Diva too! Of course we also love Lou. I just had a great dinner at Nico's which I mentioned above. Gorgeous local prawn appetizer, bouillabaisse, short ribs, whole Menpachi chinese style, yummy martini's - Belvedere but I'm a Chopin girl.

                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
                                                  1. re: manomin

                                                    Those local prawns look fab.
                                                    Nico's serves breakfast and I could do a morning run from the RH.
                                                    Gonna hit up HWAK and can't wait to see Diva at Roy's.

                                                    Aloha

                                            2. Leonards for malasadas..can't wait to dive into this hot mess!