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Walkable restaurant recs needed from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children

I am a NY hound who just found out I will be at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children for the next 1-2 months in Honolulu. This is my first time in Hawaii. I will not have a car while I am here. I am interested in any places for any meal, with special interest in local places of interest. I would like any place within a one mile walk of the Center. Thank you in advance for all of your recs!

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  1. A one-mile radius gives you a lot of choices, almost all of them on the makai side (toward the ocean, in this case south) of KMC. There are a large number of places on Keeaumoku St between Beretania and Ala Moana Shopping Center, especially Korean, Japanese, and other Asian cuisines, from nearly fine dining to real holes-in-the-wall. I'll leave it to others to mention their recs from that group, as Korean is not my favorite.

    Panda, not Panda Express, opposite WalMart has pretty good dim sum, and they used to have it available pretty late at night. Also a full Cantonese menu...not the best in town, but probably better than many.

    On King St just Ewa (toward downtown, west) of Keeaumoku is a very popular Japanese place called Hinone Mizunone which we like a lot. There are a lot of sushi places in this area, some pretty high end...again, I'll let others give their recs if you are interested.

    A couple of blocks closer to KMC from there is Hakkei, at 1436 Young St...maybe easier to find on foot than driving as it is tucked in to an ugly modern concrete building, but inside you could be in Kyoto. Very good food, lunch maybe a better value than dinner, which can get expensive.

    Even closer to KMC is I-Naba at 1610 S. King...great soba noodles...not inexpensive for a bowl of soup and noodles, but top quality. Several blocks further toward Diamond Head is our favorite Japanese noodle house, Jimbo's at 1936 S. King, also with home-made noodles. Often a line at peak hours, but worth the wait.

    I'll leave it at that for now and let others chime in, as there are so many possibilities.

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    Hakkei
    1436 Young St Ste 103, Honolulu, HI 96814

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    1. re: macaraca

      Went back to Jimbos today for more curry udon and realized I have covered a lot of ground since my last post.

      I tried I-Naba the other night. Again, another great call. Homemade soba, with wild porcini and hen of the wood mushrooms. Really outstanding.

      I have also tried the garlic steak roll at Tae's Teppanyaki and the teriyaki steak at the Ono to Go food truck. Both were good, but the Ono to Go gets the nod here. Ono's steak was also tastier than its chicken.

      Finally, I brought in Mediterraneo last night. We had the caprese salad, the procini crostini and the lobster ravioli. Maybe a New Yorker should not get Italian in Honolulu, because while the caprese was passable, the garlic on the crostini rendered it inedible and the ravioli were extremely oversauced. Lesson learned.

      I will continue to report on my upcoming ventures. Thanks again for the recommendations!

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      Tae's Teppanyaki
      1666 Kalauokalani Way Ste 101, Honolulu, HI 96814

      Jimbo Restaurant
      1936 S King St Ste 103, Honolulu, HI 96826

      1. re: liebersh

        try verbano just east/diamond head of keeamoku. maybe not authentic either, but i like it better than either mediterraneo or sistina (bleah)

    2. I like Loving Hut which is a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant. The Pho is excellent.

      From the hospital, wallk down Punahou St. three blocks to King St., turn left on King. It's in a small strip mall by the Baskins and Robbins, close to the corner of Punahou and King. Very clean and comfortable for eating solo.

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      1. re: honu2

        Thanks for the posts! I plan on getting pho this evening and will be sure to let you know my thoughts.

        1. re: liebersh

          I just ate loving hut pho for dinner. Overall very good. The broth was delicious and the noodles were outstanding. The abundance of Thai basil was especially welcome. My main suggestion for improvement is that the faux meat in the pho (spam) was unnecessary and not welcome, but otherwise it was quite good. I will continue to provide my thoughts as I try other suggestions. Thanks all!

          1. re: liebersh

            You have to understand that what is faux meat to you is a special local delicacy here....which your OP implied you were interested in. Hawaii has a love affair with Spam, with many times the national average consumption. One of the big events of the year is the Spam Jam, where they shut down the main drag in Waikiki for the duration. Having said that, most pho won't have it, but will have other forms of pork or beef.

            1. re: liebersh

              Give the summer rolls a try some time. By the way, the Baskin and Robbins is where our president worked while a teen, and the apartment building at the corner of Punahou and Beretania is where he lived with his grandparents when he attended Punahou school.

          2. re: honu2

            About a block past there is Mekong II Thai restaurant. It's been years but it was one of my favs when I lived in HI. Another block or so past that is Jimbos for great fresh udon noodles and the Gulick deli for okazuya.

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            Jimbo Restaurant
            1936 S King St Ste 103, Honolulu, HI 96826

            1. re: akq

              These are great and very walkable as well. I plan to try and will let you know my impressions.

              1. re: liebersh

                I am so jealous. I would love to be able to eat at any of these for lunch today! :( No okazuya in Seattle, alas. Or fresh udon, for that matter...

                1. re: liebersh

                  You may want to try the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) at Jin Din Rou, corner of S. King and Kaheka. A bit odd: shiny and contempo, ...a Japan Japanese chain that does Taiwanese food; the XLB is their specialty. Not inexpensive. Would be interested to know how it compares to what you could find in NY...seems to be the best version available here.

                  1. re: macaraca

                    i have been eating my way through all of your suggestions. Last night I went to Mekong II and ordered the Evil Jungle Price with chicken (medium spice). Really interesting dish. I have never eaten anything like it, especially with the liberal use of the cabbage and the delicious sauce that worked really well with the sticky rice.

                    Tonight I went to Jimbos and ordered curry udon with corn. Maybe the best thing I have eaten thus far in my 10 days in Honolulu. The noodles were unquestionably homeade. The curry was well flavored without being overwhelming in taste or smell, and it was one of the better bowls of udon I have ever eaten.

                    Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions. I will continue to work my way through your recommendations, albeit having to do so while on a "take out" basis and returning to eat in the hospital for the next two months.

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                    Jimbo Restaurant
                    1936 S King St Ste 103, Honolulu, HI 96826

                    1. re: liebersh

                      Oh man! I love evil jungle chicken. Yum. And Jinbos noodles are hard to beat.

                      1. re: akq

                        what is this evil jungle jangle you're talking about? i never heard of it.

                        there's a great vietnamese restaurant about two blocks away - head toward the ocean one block, cross punahou and beretania and walk to kalakaua. right at that corner next to a dubious supplier of exotic medical devices is a great place for pho. no spam here (tho i love spam too). go with the tendon and beef slices.

                        1. re: indelibledotink

                          evil jungle prince is a thai dish created by Keo Sananikone, and if I remember right was based on his memory of something the cook in the house made when he was growing up. it is a curry dish with a mixture of vegetables and usually chicken. Here is a link to the recipie:
                          http://dinnercoop.cs.cmu.edu/dinnerco...

              2. re: honu2

                Next to Loving Hut is a small musubi place called Mana Bu's. You have to get there early as they often sell out quickly, but it's worth checking out! Here is the website for more information regarding menu availability... http://www.hawaiimusubi.com/