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Waikiki - without a car - need a rec for lunch

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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 thebus.org.

    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 inside..cheap 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 there..it 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.

                2. You could easily walk or take the #8 bus to Ala Moana Shopping Center to get to Pho 1 (1617 Kapi'olani Blvd # 101, Honolulu, HI 96814-4724) around the corner...they have pretty good pho, although somewhat inconsistent, but our favorite is the pounded shrimp wrapped around a stalk of sugar cane and served with spring roll wrappers, rice noodles, and lots of fresh veggies and herbs you roll up yourself...not sure of the name of that dish, but irresistible!

                  The space is large and modern, very unlike any of the Chinatown or hole-in-the-wall places...not so atmospheric for introducing someone to the "authentic ethnic" experience, but clean and bright, and very busy at lunch, with a predominantly Vietnamese and local crowd, and only the rare tourist.

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                  1. re: macaraca

                    The sugarcane shrimp dish is Chao Tom, and it's delicious! Make rolls with the shrimp and accouterments, then gnaw on the sugarcane. Yum!

                  2. My bad, the decent Pho place in Waikiki is Minh Thu, on Ena Road, 'behind' the 7-11 @ Ena and Kalakaua. I'm not going to claim it is the best, but it is good. My fave is still Ha Long, but it's not a quick trip from Waikiki. And yes, its more just about 3 1/2 miles to from the Outrigger Waikiki to River Street if you take Kapiolani, which is shaded most of the way. I just don't think it is what I would spend and hour and a half or two hours each way with limited vacation time.

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                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      Aha ha ha, you must be high Kman...I don't know anyone (especially a local) who would walk all the way to Chinatown. That pho must be really exceptionally good with sprinkles of gold dust in it (for me) to do it. The Bus is the way to go even over to Ena Road near Fort DeRussy.

                      1. re: Clinton

                        Well, if you read the thread, both Alan Barnes and Bill Hunt say that they do it when they visit. I tend to agree with you, its crazy. But a 3-4 mile walk is not an unusual thing for some people.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          They're a lot better persons than myself and I applaud their enthusiasm. Must be my old age that's catching up? Ahui hou brah!

                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                            Small clarification: "did," not "do." Not a bad one-time experience, but not something I'd want to repeat on anything resembling a regular basis, either.

                      2. We ended up at the Surf Lanai in the Royal Hawaiian. It was fine, but pricey. The find of our trip so far has been a sandwich shop/pastry shop on Kuhio called St. Germain. The sandwiches and pastries are delicious and the prices are very reasonable. The ham and cheese baguette was just like the ones I've had in Paris. We did the walk from Chinatown to Waikiki a couple of years ago and I don't think my daughter will ever forgive me for it. I thought it was pleasant enough, but long and hot.

                        Royal Hawaiian
                        2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815