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Jun 5, 2011 11:38 PM

Waikiki - without a car - need a rec for lunch

My daughter and I will be spending a day without a car on Waikiki. We are staying at the Outrigger Waikiki and I would love a recommendation for a good lunch. I love pho and was wondering if Ha Long Pho Noodle House would be a good option. Can we get there on the bus? What other places would you recommend? We ate at the Pineapple Room a few years ago and enjoyed it and I would love to have another great mother-daughter lunch. I know that Ha Long is way more casual, but I really just want to introduce her to all kinds of good food. Thanks!

Noodle House
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr Ste F5, Waikoloa, HI 96738

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  1. I do not know for sure, but I believe that you could get to Chinatown without too much difficulty, then have dim sum at any one of several places. Check with

    1. Pho Thinh
      Tu Chau
      Pho Bistro One

      Pho Thinh
      2080 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

      1. Across the street from the Outrigger is the International Market and they have a great food court and good.

        Great happy hour at Duke's and Hula Grill at the Outrigger for a mai tai and the calamari for under $10..

        1. While DaBus would be an option, I have walked from Waikiki to China Town many times, and enjoy the walk. Take your time, and do not hurry. There are a couple of parks to walk through, or near, and plenty of interesting sights to see, even if it's the Porche shop.



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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Thanks for all the replies. We are staying at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and I have noticed that the Royal Hawaiian is next door. Can anyone offer adivce on lunch there?

            Royal Hawaiian
            2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

            1. re: Mimi

              Love the Royal Hawaiian and the Mai Tai bar is oceanfront and you can get lunch will be pricey but you can't beat the view.

              They have some decent salads..

              Hula Grill is in your hotel with oceanfront dining upstairs..Duke's too..

              So many places to dine steps from your hotel.

              1. re: Beach Chick

                thanks for the advice. It seems as if we can't go wrong with any of the recommendations.

              2. re: Mimi

                Try Tiki's very near you. They have a good view too. And lots of good specials.

            2. You can get to Ha Long on the bus, but it takes a while. catch any bus to ala moana center, then catch the "C". Tell the driver you want to go to Dillingham Shopping Center.

              Cuu Long in Chinatown is also popular, but there is a line.

              As a resident here, i have to disagree about walking from waikiki to chinatown, it is about 5 miles and half of it is quite uninteresting, and without any shade. I don't think I'd ever disagree with Hunt about food, but on this we are on different pages.

              Russkar made some good recommendations for places closer to Waikiki, and I believe To Chau is just off Kalakaua in Waikiki.

              Cuu Long
              175 N Hotel St Ste 2, Honolulu, HI 96817

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              1. re: KaimukiMan

                @ Kaimuki Man: Tu Chau is on River just off Nimitz in Chinatown if your looking for the best Pho Broth on the Island. Wicked Spring Rolls also.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  If you start in Chinatown and walk 5 miles, you'll be past the aquarium. The OP's staying near Fort Derussy, about an hour's walk right through downtown. IMO it gives a taste of the city beyond the tourist areas. Kama'aina don'need da kine walk, but mebbe nice fo' malahini.

                  Still and all, I wouldn't want to make the round trip hike. I'm a big fan of TheBus.