Adventurous Family chowdown in Waikiki
Ok here is my list for Waikiki .. Please feel free to add info or delete some chosen restaurants as we probably wont be able to cover them all!
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck or Romy's but leaning to Giovanni's as I believe better reviews?
Matsumoto's shaved ice in Halewiea
Cholo's or Luibueno (might skip both mixed reviews)
WAIKIKI AND AREA
Ailana Shaved Ice
Nico's (DDD feature) what is your favorite plate/food order from here please?
Rainbow Drive inn ( already have menu and highlighted top food here)
Helena's Best hawaiian food (any fav item you could suggest?)
Leonard's Bakery- Masalada's
ShoreBirds (grill your own meats (buy one get 1/2 second entree coupon from many magazines) (HH 12-5) $3.50 mai tai.
Serg's Taco Tuesday $2 fish taco's all others $1.50 (On East Manoa Street)
OF THE THREE BELOW WHICH ONE DEF HIT? CAN WE TAKE ONE OFF CHOW LIST ??
ME Korean BBQ great take out (katsu chicken. kalbi ,bbq ribs )
Fattys Chinese Food
Ah Lang (aka angry korean lady) BYOB and cups :O) 725 kapiolani blvd
Safeway by leonards buy poke, lomi lomo and lau lau and kalua pig for condo for take out
Costco good poke. seafood and other items to grill at condo as well as groceries.
The Shirakiya Food court
China Town at lunch time
Manukea Food court suggested a must for our family to browse around
Tuesday's Food truck round up. 5-7 trucks hit camile on wheels for great chicken pot pies(sell out early)
Farmers Market Saturday at Kapiolani College
Happy Hours (**def will go)
**Rumfire at Sheraton (HH 4-6pm best mai tai's)
**ShoreBird at Outrigger Reef (HH 12-5 and 4-7
Top of Waikiki (HH 5-7 $4 martinin/wine/beer and $7 pupus) revolving restaurant
Yard house beachwalk mon-fr 2-5:30pm 1/2 off pupus and reduced beer/cocktail prices
933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Top of Waikiki
2270 Kalakaua Ave Ste 1800, Honolulu, HI 96815
Love love love O'ahu and the food is off the chain good..
I would add for breakfast the Moose's with their 2 for 1 coupon in the 101 booklet in the back..saves $10+ and for breakfast, it was quite good...only breakfast.
Happy Hour...Hula Grill and Duke's for the everyday HH is excellent and the mai tai for $4 and the calamari is addicting and so good for $6.
Have a beer at the Mai Tai bar at my beloved and fave Royal Hawaiian hotel
Have drinks and app's at House without a key.
Dinner at Roy's in Waikiki...food is some of the best and not in the same caliber as any of the other Roy's, IMHO, Diva, the GM has so much Aloha and she will embrace you and your family..
International Market across from the Outrigger Waikiki has great cheap food and you can get some of those sarongs..Hawaiian sarongs aren't the same as the gorgeous traditional Tahitian ones, but they'll do..
Best pineapple slices fresh at the truck at the parking lot of Diamond Head..OMG for $3
I'm sure the beloved K-Man and the other great Hawaiian posters will chime in..da best!
re: Beach Chick
Do you go to the Mai tai bar at sunset or anytime of the day for a beer???do you order pupus here or just a drink and move on? I can see looking at the menu the beer is ordered compared to their $14 mai tais :o))) .....
IS hula grill /dukes the same on oahu as is Maui? AS going to both islands.
Drinks and apps at house without a key do you make ressies for the evening entertainment here? WAsnt sure if you had to order dinner to watch the musicians at sunset ??
IS Roy's similar to George's on the cove as far as class/cuisine/ price tag? not looking to spend $150-200 on a meal with kids in tow.
Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai Bar is nice at Sunset or all day, lol. Pupu's @ Rumfire then RH.
Duke's - Hula's are same.
HWOK doesn't require dinner, Pupu's are good.
Roy's is not similar to G @ the Cove. We normally order Roy's Appys and it's always good.
Don't for get my Pau Hana Suggestions in Royal Hawaiian Center, they are all cheap and above average. Pizza & Meatball @ IL Lupino, Steak Sliders @ Wolfgangs, Sushi Rolls, seared mushrooms, etc @ Doraku.
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
, Kamuela, HI 96743
Luibueno's is one of the only reasons to go to the N.Shore, I would skip the Shrimp Trucks.
Rainbow nothing special, substitute Liliha Bakery which is a 1000 times better.
Helena's is ok along with Leonard's
Shorebird is a tourist trap and the Mai Tai's aren't good.
Serg's is ok but I would substitute Tropic's Bar & Grill (fantastic dive bar TT) $1- ea
Ah Lang is decent but pass on the rest of that group.
Safeway or Costco isn't the place to buy the best Poke.
Tamura's or Alicia's would be first choice for fresh (not frozen) Poke. Expect to pay $12-15 per lb.
Chinatown Cultural center has several strong choices for Dim Sum. Tai Pan, Legend's , etc. Mei Sum around the corner.
Pass on the Tue Taco Kako Truck event from 11-2p, nothing special.
Farmer's Mkt Sat @ KCC is a Zoo so go @ 7am to avoid the major lines or skip it unless you just have to see it. There is a new scaled down version @ Ala Moana Mall Top Parking level near Sears from 9a-1p which is much more accessible.
Rumfire is nice their Mai Tai's aren't (Best REAL Scratch Mai Tai's are @ Royal Hawaiian or Lewer's Lounge).
Other good HH's (Pau Hana) , Wolfgang's , IL'Lupino, Doraku all in the Royal Hawaiian Center.
Skip Yardhouse and go to Roy's which never disappoints. aloha
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Re: Matsumoto's vs. Ailana for shave ice. Interested in your comparison of the two. Another place in Town for shave ice is Shimazu Store. For convenience, Ailana has opened a new place in Waikiki, 2250 Kalakaua.
Re: Rainbow Drive In. It's been my go-to plate lunch place for years. Get the Mixed Plate.
Yes to Leonard's
The Shirokiya Yataimura is a one-of-a-kind experience. When you get there, take time to look at all the options. Stop for those unique only-in-Japan spots, like the place that makes 5 different kinds of specialty rices, including sekihan (red bean rice) and the kuriokowa (chestnut) rice. Make your selection after you have seen it all.
The Maunakea food Court is a great way to be introduced to the food of Hawaii. There are better choices elsewhere, including hawaiian, Korean BBQ, Chinese, Philipino. but no place else that has everything in one place like this.
For poke, lau lau, etc, I would opt for Young's Fish Market.
I think you will enjoy Shorebirds.
Re: Giovanni's, it's good, but also has really long lines.
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
Young's Fish Market
1286 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI 96817
Nothing like actually setting down a list to bring out the true feelings. Overall I think your list is great. It has a good combination of newer places as well as those that if you miss your friends will say 'waddaya mean you didn't even go to "x" for their "y".
russkar's comments in particular strip away decades of local favoratism that may or may not be justified. After all, just because a place is a local institution doesn't mean it's still great. For example, I love Rainbow Drive-In. I've eaten hundreds of meals there over the decades, i hold fond memories of a multitude of friends and dates and all the rest there. If you want me to swear that I can't find better food someplace else, i'm not sure i can do that. On the other hand, the fact that it is an institution, that it has been an integral part of so many peoples experience (residents and tourist alike) also gives it a certain standing in the where to go lists. If I go to New York, i wanna hit Carnegie Deli, if I go to San Francisco I wanna have Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista, and if I'm in Honolulu, then rainbow is probably on my list (ok, it is on my list, but y'all have seen my list and its kinda long...LOL)
wasn't intended as an attack on your reply and i'm sure you know that. i very much appreciate your insight. i never think of liliha bakery for 'plate lunch" type food, because while what they have is good, it is a limited menu for that food type. Beef Stew/Curry depending on which day it is, Fried Mahi, and Hamburger Steak.
Yes, Liliha bakery IS an institution. I've had many many midnight meals there, but usually its more along the lines of a midnight breakfast , their true forte, than a midnight dinner.
I think K-man nails the attraction of many of the places I like, like Rainbow Drive-in, etc.
No one would say Safeway or Costso has the best poke, but to decide what is the best poke in Honolulu is like asking who has the best pizza in NYC. There is Ono, Alicia's, Tamura, Yama, Tamashiro and on and on, but if you are going to Leonard's, Safeway is right there, or going to be in Costco already, it is okay, both do a nice with their pokes.
I would drop the tacos and keep Me's BBQ, Ah Lang and even Fatty's. The food is good at all, great prices and they are all fun, local experiences.
I like Roy's Hawaii Kai much better than Roy's Waikiki, but then again I haven't been to Roy's Waikiki in a couple of years because I was like 'enh' my first two times there.
The two most important places for cocktails to me are the House Without a Key at the Halekulani and the Banyan Court (or what ever it is called these days) at the Moana Hotel. These two more than anyplace else scream Hawaii. When I was a keiki in the late '50's, early '60's, we used to go to the Moana every week to watch them broadcast Hawaii Calls. The House Without a Key at the old Halekulani was my parents favorite haunt.
Duke's Canoe Club and Hula Grill are basically the same food as the places on Maui, neither is a fave for their main dining room, but I love Duke's Barefoot Bar in Waikiki, especially for lunch or Happy Hour and love all the TS Restaurants Happy Hours and of course, Hula Pie.
And on a really weird ending note, for reasons unknown, people from the Philippines are Filipino and eat Filipino food. Wouldn't you think they'd either be from the Filippines or that they are called Philippinos and eat Philippino food? Who came up with that one?
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Yes Costco and Foodland not the BEST poke but we are far from poke experts so for one stop shopping getting other grocery items this will work out for us..
house without a key is this first come first serve? as im sure they take reservations for guests having dinner not just drinks?? I will look at their website to see what time their entertainers perform at.
Joe bob is the spicy wings the only thing you like at Ah Lang? or one of your favorite items..Do you bring your own beer in here when you dine??? Do you really bring one of the angry korean lady too????? :O)
Not read posts on a Opal's thai truck do tell?????????
Thanks KaimukiMan... I guess my list is small compared to yours??? :O)
Ogawak.. yes will compare and give my opinion on returning.. I got those two suggestions reading up on shaved ice threads and these two looked like they were the top two in slurping! and mixed plate and loco moco and chili/rice on the list..
We just came back from a week in Oahu and went to half the places on your list. :)
Nico's - two thumbs way way up. We went there twice. Definitely get the furikake crusted ahi (served med. rare by default but I liked rare even better). We also got the daily special fish both times - excellent. You have a choice of either macaroni salad - very good, quite peppery or green salad with their special dressing. I'm not a big salad person but I loved the salad, especially the dressing. It is also made with arugula and other nice mixed greens.
We tried to go to Helena's but they were closed for a week because the owner's wife just had a baby. We went to Ono Hawaiian Foods instead very close to the Leonard's main store and it was fabulous. The owners are so nice and friendly too.
Kahuku shrimp trucks - We tried Giovanni's in Haleiwa town as well as Fumi's and Romy's in Kahuku. This was a Friday afternoon and there was barely any line at all at all 3 locations. Giovanni's had large shrimp, but Fumi's has a more garlicky sauce (tried Garlic Butter Shrimp at both). So both are recommended. We tried the prawns in garlic butter sauce at Romy's. The sauce was not nearly as flavorful as the other 2 trucks (majorly needed salt and wasn't very garlicky). The prawns were huge, but we only got 3 on the plate. I think you're better off going with either Giovanni's or Fumi's.
Shave Ice - Matsumoto's is an institution so no-brainer there, but you might also want to get one from Aoki's just one block down the street for a direct comparison. I recommend you spring for the reusable plastic holder for 25c. I braved my first one with just the default paper cone and it was a total mess. I admitted defeat and got a holder.
In addition, if you go out east from Waikiki at all, such as on the way to Hanauma Bay or Roy's Hawaii Kai, please consider stopping at Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha on W. Hind in Aina Haina for a shave ice. They make all their syrups in house with natural ingredients and fruit juices. No artificial colors or flavors (by contrast, the coconut syrup at Matsumoto's and Aoki's is bright pink?). We tried mango, lychee, coconut, lilikoi, watermelon, and guava there over 2 visits and every single one tasted just like the fresh fruit. They even have natural li hing mui powder which was delish.
Poke - We tried 4 varieties of poke from Costco. Our favorite was the blue marlin poke with sea asparagus. Least favorite was the limu poke. Also consider the Poke Stop with stores in Mililani Mauka and Waipahu. Our favorite there was the sweet onion ahi poke, also kimchi tako, and a mussel salad.
At the Shirakiya food court, don't miss the takoyaki (grilled squid balls) and the specialty rice stand. And save room for taiyaki (fish shaped little "waffles" with sweet filling) for dessert. You can ask for ones made hot and fresh with your choice of filling (we tried the custard).
Ono Hawaiian Foods
726 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Oh yes we had a fabulous time - can't wait to go back! We are experiencing serious withdrawal for those Leonard's malasadas and missing our daily poke fix.
In terms of Happy Hour, I had both the Royal Hawaiian's Mai Tar Bar and Halekulani's House Without a Key on my list but somehow never made it to either (We didn't stay in Waikiki - we were out in Ko Olina at Disney's Aulani). I did walk by the Mai Tai Bar one evening and it was hopping. The atmosphere is very lively, and the space is not that large, right off the beach. Also, there is another Mai Tai Bar at the top of Ala Moana Center, it's an independent establishment and not to be confused with the one at the Royal Hawaiian. The HWOAK at Halekulani looks a lot more laid back and relaxed than the Mai Tai Bar. They also have live traditional Hawaiian music every day (except Sunday) with hula dancing by a former Miss Hawaii. I think this is from about 5:30pm to 8pm. If I were to pick only one, I would probably choose the HWOAK.
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Aulani is gorgeous. No one can beat Disney on creating themed environments, and the Imagineers did not disappoint. The architecture, interior design, landscaping, cast member costumes, pretty much every detail is based on elements of authentic Hawaiian culture and art, not only with respect for the history of the islands but also reflecting contemporary Hawaii. It is not kitschy or cliche at all, but just really beautiful and meaningful. The pool area is amazing too, and the rooms are very nicely appointed (we stayed in a Disney Vacation Club 1-bedroom). The one disappointment was the dining. Their signature restaurant was nothing compared to Roy's Hawaii Kai and Alan Wong's while being at the same price level. The buffets were pretty good, particularly the Asian offerings. I had an excellent pork and butterfish laulau at the dinner buffet which was a big pleasant surprise.
If you like sushi/sashimi, you will love poke. :)
It was my husband's first time to Hawaii also. I'm sure you and your family will love it. Try to let yourselves slip into island time and hang loose. Don't rush but enjoy your surroundings, the atmosphere, and the aloha spirit of the local people as much as the attractions and activities. We didn't get to do everything that was on my list but that's ok, because i know we will be back. :)
Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826
I don't claim that this list comprises everyone's favorites or the best food, but it covers a lot of it. compiled originally because i got tired of the "I don't know, where do you want to go" game.
AMERICAN/FUSION - Finer Dining
Alan Wong’s, King Street
Duc’s Bistro, Chinatown*
Hau Tree Lanai, Waikiki*
Hy’s Steakhouse, Waikiki*
Ninniku-Ya Garlic Restaurant, Kaimuki
Orchid’s, Halekulani La Mer, Halekulani
Roy’s, Various Locations (HiKai best)
3660 On The Rise
AMERICAN/FUSION - Nicer
Buzz’s Steakhouse, Aiea, Kailua
Mariposa, Ala Moana
Pineapple Room, Ala Moana
Plumeria Cafe, Kahala
Tiki’s, Marriot, Waikiki
12th Avenue Grill, Kaimuki
AMERICAN/FUSION - Everyday
Big City Diner* various locations
Henry Loui’s, Mapunapuna
Kakkaako Kitchen, Ward*
La Mariana Sailing Club, Sand Island* (now questionable, gone downhill)
Side Street Inn, Kakaako & Kapahulu
South Shore Grill, Diamond Head/Kapahulu
BREAKFAST KINE PLACES
Eggs ‘n Things, Waikiki
Koa Pancake House, various locations
Liliha Bakery*, Liliha/Kalihi
Original Pancake House, Ala Moana*
Wailana Coffee Shop, Waikiki
BURGERS, SANDWICHES, & SUCH
BaLe Sandwiches, various locations
Burgers on The Edge, Kapahulu
Da Big Kahuna, Airport* (better before 2pm)
Hank’s Haute Dogs, Kakaako
Kua Aina*, Haleiwa and Ward
La Tour, Nimitz
Moose McGilycuddy’s, Waikiki
Puka Dog, Waikiki
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers*, various locations
W&M Burgers (wed-sun, lunch only) Kaimuki
CHINESE (there are dozens more)
Dew Drop Inn, Lower Makiki
Duk Kee, Kaimuki*
Golden Duck, King Street
Happy Days, Kaimuki*
Little Village Noodle House, Chinatown
Mini Garden, Chinatown & Beretania
On On, McCully*
Royal Garden, Ala Moana
Happy Days, Kaimuki
Mei Sum, Chinatown
Panda Restaurant, Keeamoku
Royal Garden, Ala Moana
Jolibees (fast food) Waipahu
Max’s of Manila, Iwilei
The Willows, Moiliili (setting great, food... meh)
Cafe Maharani, King St.
Himalayan Kitchen, Kaimuki*
Pizzarina, King St.*
Verbano Waialae.* (&maybe King St.)
Sekiyas, Kaimuki (local style japanese)
Utage, Kapalama* (also Okinawan)
Yamagen, King St.*
Gina’s, Market City / Kaimuki
Sorabol, Keeamoku/Lower Makiki
Choi’s Garden, Lower Makiki
Cafe Million, Lower Makiki
LATE NIGHT PLACES
Byron’s Plate Lunch, Airport Area
LikeLike Drive-in (not so much any more)
Sanoya, noodle/ramen, King St.
Sorabol (24/7) Korean, Keeamoku
Zippy’s (24/7) Various Locations
LUNCH ONLY PLACES (or breakfast/lunch)
Honey Glazed Hams (tue-sat), Moiliili
Monarch Seafood, Lunch Take Out, Kalihi
Yama’s, Moiliili (Lunch)
Waioli Tea Room, Manoa
Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop, Kailua
Champion, Beretania St
Char Hung Sut, Chinatown
Libby Manapua, Kalihi
Royal Kitchen, Chinatown* (baked not steamed)
The Fat Greek, Kaimuki
The Greek Corner, Moiliili
Olive Tree, Kahala
MEXICAN (not Hawaii's forte)
Diego's Taco Shop, Moiliili & Aiea
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Ward
Bob’s bbq, Kalihi
Grace’s Inn, King St.
Mitsu-ken, Liliha/Kalihi (closes 2pm)
Rainbow Drive-In*, Kapahulu
Sugoi’s (closes 3pm or earlier), Kapalma
Dilligham Saimin, Liliha
Forty-Niner, Aiea (plate lunch also)
Goma Ichi, Keeamoku
Goma Tei, Ward Centers
Ichi Riki*, Piikoi
Old Saimin House, Kalihi (odd hours)
Palace Saimin, Kalihi (odd hours)
Sanoya, King St/Makiki
Shiro’s Saimin, Aiea
SEAFOOD & POKE
Alicia’s Market, Kalihi Kai
Fresh Catch, Kaimuki&Kaneohe
Nico’s*, Kalihi./Nimitz(till 5pm, or earlier)
Poke Stop, Mililani Mauka
Sam Choy’s BL&C, Nimitz
Tamashiro Market, Kalihi
Young’s Fish Market, Kapalama
Genki Sushi (various)
Kats Sushi, King St/Makiki
Zippy’s (Kahala & Aiea Only)
Chai’s (Thai inspired), Aloha Tower
Champa Thai, Various locations
Pae Thai, King St./Makiki*
Spices (Thai inspired), Moiliili
To Thai For, Kaimuki*
Cuu Long, Pearl Kai Center
Hale Vietnam, Kaimuki
Ha Long*, Dillingham/Kalihi
Pho Mai, King St./Makiki
Hale, Kapiolani (makai of Walmart)
Loving Hut (King & Pensacola)
Regarding La Mariana Sailing Club - As big fans of tiki culture, we went during our trip (Sat afternoon) to pay homage to this true vintage tiki bar. As much as the decor is spot on with tikis everywhere, shell pendants, blowfish lamps and glass floats, the place can now be described as "shabby chic tiki-style". The staff are very nice and probably have been there for decades. The view from the lanai tables overlooking the harbor are very pleasant. But some of the booths look like they haven't been refurbished in a very long time, and the drinks are mediocre at best. The menu can also use an update. Basically, only go if you want to see a true vintage tiki bar/restaurant and imagine its heyday. I hope they can spruce it up some without losing its genuine charm.
La Mariana Restaurant & Bar
50 Sand Island Access Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819
Is Ninniku-Ya Garlic still open? I had heard they were closing.
I would also add to Finer Dining, La Mer and Chef Mavro.
To Nicer, Indigo and I'd put Azure down there too, not a top tier restaurant.
To Ramen I'd add Yotteko-ya Kyoto Ramen , Ramen Nakamura, Tenkaippin Ramen, Matsugen, Taishoken and Kiwami Ramen.
For Japanese (not sushi) I'd add, Chibo Restaurant, Suntory, Bistro a Un, Ichi Riki, Tokkuri-Tei and Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin.
For Chinese, Fook Yuen.
For Sushi I'd add Imanas Tei Restaurant, Jinroku, Sushi Izakaya Gaku and Yohei Sushi Restaurant.
For Seafood/Poke I'd add Yama Fish Market as well.
For Filipino I'd add Mabuhay Cafe & Restaurant and Jesse's Bakery.
For Plate Lunch, Regal Diner and a little love to Like Like Drive-in.
For Korean, So Gong Dong Restaurant, Me & My BBQ (for quick, simple, cheap).
Breakfast da kine, Anna Miller's.
Places not mentioned else where, Chuck's Cellar, the Chart House, Happy Hour at Morton's, Hot Pot Heaven, Curry House Coco Ichibanya, Shokudo and Epic.
Chef Mavro restaurant
1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Mabuhay Cafe & Restaurant
1049 River St, Honolulu, HI 96817
Yohei Sushi Restaurant
1111 Dillingham Blvd Ste E1A, Honolulu, HI 96817
Imanas Tei Restaurant
2626 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826
1960 Kapiolani Blvd Ste 115, Honolulu, HI 96826
611 Kapahulu Ave Ste 102, Honolulu, HI 96815
150 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Ninniku-Ya Garlic Restaurant
3196 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
So Gong Dong Restaurant
1960 Kapiolani Blvd Ste 210, Honolulu, HI 96826
2250 Kalakaua Ave Ste Ll102, Honolulu, HI 96815
2141 Kalakaua Ave # 1, Honolulu, HI 96815
Sushi Izakaya Gaku
1329 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96814
2233 Kalakaua Ave Ste 307, Honolulu, HI 96815
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
255 Beach Walk Spc 1, Honolulu, HI 96815
Curry House Coco Ichibanya
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy Ste B1, Aiea, HI 96701
Ok Im not even going to look at those two other BIGGGGGG LISTS.. :O)
restaurant overload..!!!! ... My list was put together after reading through many threads of restaurants mentioned serveral times. We just wanted to try as many of the well talked about restaurants that are chow worthy we shouldnt miss out on our vacation to Waikiki...
hahah, good. as mentioned before, i thought your list was GREAT, an appropriate mix, and appropriate to the amount of time you will be spending here. You asked if my list were bigger...so...
As for items mentioned by Scott (and seconded by russ) they probably all belong on an impartial list. About half of them are not on my list because I haven't been there recently, and the other half because of a particular experience I may have had there, ranging from not so great to omg, never again. A couple of them were on previous iterations' of my list but were removed for one reason or another (sometimes with deep regret.) And in looking over them, a couple could be added to my list. (please note that i do have Ichi Riki down under ramen/saimin instead of Japanese)
I have tried to keep my list to something i can print in two columns, two sided on a single sheet of letter size paper and still be large enough to read in 'normal' lighting without having remembered my reading glasses.
But the palmtree38 list is a very very good one, I'm pretty sure we all agree on that.