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Eating Oahu (and Maui) in february

Kelly66 Jan 23, 2012 08:35 PM

Returning for 2 weeks and looking for recommendations on both islands.
Standouts from our last trip were Liberty Noodle in Honolulu, Mike's huli huli chicken somewhere on the road past kailua, Buzz's in Kailua for lunch, the Japanese grocery near Ala Moana

On Maui Sushi Paradise was outstanding
Looking forward to Star Noodle in Lahaina. Otherwise we're open to all options, but love roadside bbq, izakaya, Korean fried chicken, or anybody doing serious cooking of any kind

mahalo in advance

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    mwest9 RE: Kelly66 Jan 24, 2012 02:39 PM


    Not sure if Brudda Hutt's roadside/frontyard BBQ plate lunch spot is still open, but I loved it when I was there a couple years ago.

    Its on Maui, just past Hana as you are heading out of town towards Hamoa Beach.

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    1. re: mwest9
      Kelly66 RE: mwest9 Jan 25, 2012 08:36 AM

      hope it's still there as the name is rockin'
      thanks (my brudda)!

    2. scottca075 RE: Kelly66 Jan 24, 2012 08:31 PM

      Do you mean Don Quijote for the market or Shirokya at Ala Moana?

      On Maui have you tried Nagasako Okazuya and Sam Sato's?

      Can you be more specific on Oahu what you are looking for? You can get almost anything. Maui is much more limited.

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        killersmile RE: scottca075 Jan 25, 2012 01:24 AM

        Could also mean Nijiya Market where Blockbuster used to be on Piikoi next to Ala Moana.

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          Kelly66 RE: scottca075 Jan 25, 2012 09:06 AM

          i believe (thanks killersmile) it's Nijiya Market.
          Thanks for the maui recos'! will check them out. and agreed maui seems limited.
          re oahu i'm looking for more regional cuisine (no need for med or mex etc), someone cooking with quality and care. i heard of a fish place down by the harbor(?), but can't seem to source now. do you know it? last time on oahu we ate at nobu and the japanese place often referred to as the "sushi nazi" neither impressed for differant reasons. nobu didn't compare with the nyc outlets and the other was great quality imported from japan instead of imported from the waters not 10 minutes away. ironic? so again, i guess i'm looking for quality cooking that's regional cuisines, local supplied with love. is that too much to ask... mahalo

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            scottca075 RE: Kelly66 Jan 25, 2012 09:26 AM

            You could be referring to Nico's Pier 38..

            For off the beaten tourist path I'd look at the great places in Kaimuki like Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar, 3660 On the Rise, 12th Ave Grill, Hale Vietnam and Town.

            Chinatown has Duc's Bistro, Indigo and Epic.

            Great sushi that isn't Nobu or Morimoto is Imanas Tei, Mitch's Fish Market, Sushi Izakaya Gaku and Yohei Sushi

            Great Japanese that isn't sushi include Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, Ichiriki, Jinroku, Okonomiyaki Chibo and the ramen houses like Goma Ichi Ramen, Ezogiku, and Ramen Nakamura.

            Great local, but every low key are Helena's Hawaiian Food, the Rainbow Drive-in and Char Hung Sut Restaurant.

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              killersmile RE: scottca075 Jan 25, 2012 11:10 AM

              At the pier, there is Nico's and Uncle's. Both source local fish straight from the fish auction. Uncle's is higher priced than Nico's though. I am looking forward to paying a visit to the new larger space that Nico's moved into. It seems they expanded their offerings with a take-out poke counter and whole fish. Also they are open for dinner too!

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                Kelly66 RE: scottca075 Jan 25, 2012 06:26 PM

                wow, mahalo my brother for all the reco's. will take me a while to research through. i'm only a couple of reco's into the list and i think i need a nap... with that said, reviews for Sushi Izakaya Gaku look really enticing. i'm staying a few days at the hotel where morimoto's is located -so might have to try anyway.

                and yes i was referring to nico's, but on further research i don't think i'm not too interested

                and correction to my original post: by liberty noodle i meant little village noodle house. duh

                1. re: scottca075
                  Kelly66 RE: scottca075 Jan 29, 2012 03:12 PM

                  hey scott have you been to sushi sasabune?

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                    scottca075 RE: Kelly66 Jan 30, 2012 02:04 PM

                    Yes, it is nice, but far from great.

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                      Joebob RE: scottca075 Jan 30, 2012 04:36 PM

                      I thought it was pretty great, but far from cheap!

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                        scottca075 RE: Joebob Jan 30, 2012 06:52 PM

                        "great" depends on where you go normally. It would not pass for "great" in Los Angeles. Nobu, Matsuhisha, Sushi Sasabune are not considered top tier in the LA area and that is one of the ways I judge sushi every place else I go.

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                      killersmile RE: Kelly66 Jan 30, 2012 04:55 PM

                      I think this is one place where 2 people could go, have exactly the same meal and have totally different opinions on it. I agree with Joebob though, when I went I thought the sushi was pretty darn good overall.

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                        Kelly66 RE: killersmile Jan 30, 2012 05:27 PM

                        i too have been and found it really good overall, but the room was kind of a drag. so i guess i have a bit of the "been there done thats".

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                        KaimukiMan RE: Kelly66 Jan 30, 2012 09:19 PM

                        we get really spoiled with sushi in Honolulu, almost anyplace you go - even zippy's (waimalu and kahala only) have good sushi. Maybe not great, maybe not an outstanding presentation, but good basic sushi. Sasabune is certainly a step above that, but not equal to some of the top places such as morimoto's or nobu's.

                        if you can get great sushi where you live, then be sure to try some poke - Ft. Ruger market, Tamashiro Market, Alicia's Market, Poke Stop (a bit of a drive), fresh catch, are among the best. But even most of the safeway stores and foodland stores on oahu have adequate to good poke.

                    3. re: Kelly66
                      kathryn RE: Kelly66 Jan 25, 2012 03:25 PM

                      On Maui, we enjoyed these places (casual / local gems):

                      Kihei Caffe - great breakfasts with items like loco moco made w/ local beef, pork fried rice w/ scrambled eggs, cinnamon roll french toast, banana macadamia pancakes w/ coconut syrup
                      Eskimo Candy - poke
                      Ululani's - shave ice
                      Local Food - plate lunches, don't miss the shoyu chicken or kalua pork

                      1. re: kathryn
                        Kelly66 RE: kathryn Jan 25, 2012 08:30 PM

                        thanks. these too sound awesome! pork fried rice and eggs yum! and any place named eskimo candy -i gotta go! hope they have a t-shirt!


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                    aad4 RE: Kelly66 Mar 9, 2012 02:27 PM

                    on both maui and oahu, LOVE da kitchen (on maui, kahului, not kihei location) katsu moco is DELISH. for sushi, really like isana at northern tip of kihei in maui.
                    on oahu, belive it or not my fav (or very close to it) poke is at aloha sushi off ala moana

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