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Jul 30, 2011 07:42 PM

Underground Restaurants in Oahu?

Hi all--

I've been to several underground restaurants overseas and in the mainland... but are there any here? I heard rumors of one when I first arrived, but haven't looked into it subsequently. Would love to find out; thinking of starting one myself.

If you don't feel like you can post details publicly, email me directly....


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  1. We have a pop up in "The Pig and the Lady" where they serve at Hank's Haute Dogs. I have always liked the underground idea and almost went to one in Chicago in May.

    Hank's Haute Dogs
    2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI

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    1. re: manomin

      Note that Hank's has two locations, a small one in the International Marketplace in the heart of Waikiki, and their main location on Coral St. between Ala Moana shopping center and downtown. Pretty sure the Pig and the Lady is at the Coral St. location. Haven't tried it yet, but a friend in the local Slow Food group raved about a meal there last week.

      1. re: macaraca

        Hank's on Coral st is correct. We went to a P&L Dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic! We are going again Mon night with friends.

        1. re: russkar

          This is the location of the Pig & the Lady

          Hank's Haute Dogs
          324 Coral St, Honolulu, HI

            1. re: chaoticsoul

              Go on their web site and click the date you wish. They are sold out the next couple of weeks but they will send out another Menu and dates soon. Sign up with them for e-mail announcements .

              1. re: russkar

                We will be arriving for 2 weeks in November. I am very interested in P&L! At this point there are no dates on their calendar. Is this a seasonal opportunity? Thanks!

                1. re: crazyspice

                  Should be more dates in a week or two. We went again last Tue , it's really good.

                  1. re: crazyspice

                    @Crazyspice: You can message them direct @


                    Near the end of Sept new dates should appear.

                    1. re: russkar

                      I will do that. I would love to have this as part of our vacation experience!

                      1. re: crazyspice

                        Plancha @Morning Glass is a new one as well.

                        1. re: manomin

                          That looks good too! November can't get here soon enough.

          1. re: macaraca

            Correct. I don't even think about Waikiki - haven't been to that location since the opening party.

          2. re: manomin

            I hadn't heard of The Pig and the Lady, but that sounds great-- thanks! Definitely will try to track that down. No other leads yet. The one I've read about was called "Spork", but it was either a one-off or its very quiet.

            1. re: chaoticsoul

              Honolulu's strict zoning laws and lack of mixed use neighborhoods make it very difficult to operate a true 'underground restaurant', on top of which it is virtually impossible to keep a secret on this island. I knew someone who did frequent 'catering parties' at his house, but the neighbors soon complained (parking issues) and he had to stop.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Those same laws also impact B & B's too.

                On one hand, to serve food (beyond about bread and fresh fruit), one has to have an inspected commercial kitchen, but those are not allowed in any neighborhood, where a true B & B can be located... when we were informed of all the regs. my first thought was to Joseph Heller and "Catch 22." I think that things might be a bit different on Maui, but am not certain of that - do not want to get anyone in trouble with the county, or state inspectors...


                PS - I had to Google "underground restaurants," so that shows who is NOT on any lists. [Grin]

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  Underground restaurants are kind of a new thing, but I'd be truly surprised if Hawaii didn't have one or two. I've been to two (not here), and both were great. Unusually good food, but beyond that a totally different kind of experience...

                  Would any of you be interested if I did find one? I mean, I wouldn't be able to post it on the board, but if anyone is interested in being contacted privately...

                    1. re: chaoticsoul

                      Any updated info. on this, please send me an e-mail.... my address is on my CH homepage. My wife and I will be there all of May and would love to go to a dinner or two. We have friends who do this in NYC. Thanks.

                      1. re: Steve R

                        HEY HOUNDS! Steve R is the guy who gave such spot-on advice in the nearby Fine Dining Oahu thread. Help him (and all) out.

                        1. re: Joebob

                          Why, thank you Joebob. I look forward to hearing some news about these places, since I've never been to one in Hawaii. And, by the way, although my "fine dining" advice might have been my most recent, I gotta tell you that I most look forward to getting back to Helena's and buying lots of poke from Tamashiro's and fresh shrimp on the North Shore. A month's a lot of eating time.... and I plan to make good use of it.

                          1. re: Steve R

                            And the roasted eggplant salad and whole deep-fried fish with garlic-oil sauce from Thai Lao Rest. and the "healthy" eggplant fries from Poke Stop. Given a month, you should be able to hit most of Oahu's highlights.

                            1. re: Steve R

                              Just an update for this thread. The following are the list of popups that I know about that are currently active. Prima Kailua infrequently holds popups where guest chefs use their space. They announce info before the event on their facebook and twitter accounts. Miso & Ale is a popup gastropub that has recently started doing events. They have a website and twitter account. Supper Club is the other popup that's been going on since late last year. You can read more info about them at the following article which also tells you how you can sign up for the events.

                              If anyone has ever gone to any of these events, it would be nice to have a writeup.

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