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PattyC Sep 18, 2012 10:44 AM

Heading to Oahu next month for 2.5 weeks after a 2 year absence. What's opened since then that I should try? Any food/any price range. So far I have Whole Ox Deli and Salt on my list. Thanks.

  1. russkar Sep 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    La Cucina (Italian) & Kona Kai (sushi)

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      AlEridani Sep 18, 2012 12:00 PM

      Yuzu (Japanese) at the Ala Moana Hotel.

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        PattyC Sep 18, 2012 04:10 PM

        Thanks to you both. Looking those up now.

      2. letsindulge Sep 18, 2012 12:14 PM

        Don't know how long it's been open but we enjoyed Indigo (Asian fusion) in Chinatown, Honolulu.

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          PattyC Sep 18, 2012 04:09 PM

          It opened in 1994 (same year as my first trip to Oahu) and is on my list.

        2. KaimukiMan Sep 18, 2012 03:51 PM

          Was Tiki's at the Marriot there when you were here last. I'm trying to remember how new it is. Azure at the Royal Hawaiian is probably new since about then, and if you want to be extravagant LaMer at the Halekulani has reopened. I don't personally know anyone who has been, but talk on the street is very favorable. Was Morimoto (at the Modern/Ilikai) open then? Mostly good reviews, some people seem to feel it is a bit pretentious and overpriced - hey, it's Waikiki.

          I'm probably alone in this, but I was a little disappointed in Whole Ox. Whatever they serve that day is wonderful, but whatever it is, thats pretty much what you get. Not a large menu. If you don't like eggs, forget about breakfast there. If you are expecting a full on New York deli, this is not it. If you like well prepared food in a very casual setting and are open to whatever they are serving that day, you probably won't be disappointed.

          EDIT ADD: The new Nico's is also new since you were here. I really like it, although others say that Uncle's across the parking lot has stepped up their game and is good competition. Not as upscale (very casual), Fresh Catch in Kaimuki (in the Old Pizza Hut by 7-11) is also very good for fish. Great poke, fresh fish, or to eat there.

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            PattyC Sep 18, 2012 04:20 PM

            Yes, I've been to Tiki's a few times and it's also on my list. I haven't been to Azure but the reviews here seem kinda iffy. I will read them again. I'm still on the fence about La Mer. I've only been there once and thought it was a very pleasant dining experience but wasn't wowed. At that price point, I like to be wowed. I forgot about Morimoto, thanks. I'm pretty open to eating whatever so will probably be OK at Whole Ox.

            Keep 'em coming, everyone!

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              PattyC Sep 18, 2012 04:28 PM

              Just saw your edit. I'll probably end up going to both Nico's and Uncle's :) Thanks for the suggestion of Fresh Catch.

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                manomin Sep 18, 2012 07:31 PM

                There is also a Fresh Catch in Kaneohe, very good. Did you see his "DDD" episode?

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                  PattyC Sep 19, 2012 02:36 PM

                  No, but I just found it on youtube.

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                  fatstern Sep 19, 2012 09:58 PM

                  just my opinion, but i've never been impressed with uncles. no doubt they have super fresh seafood, but its pricey and nearly everything i've had has been executed amateurly to bad. Some things at Nico's are tasty, some of the stuff is run of the mill. Their furikake ahi is so freakin good and cooked perfectly to order every time, i dont think i'll branch out anymore. but the new space is great, especially during the afternoon.

                  I like "Salt" in Kaimuki quite a bit, thats about a year old.

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                    PattyC Sep 21, 2012 11:24 AM

                    I'm definitely trying Salt. Thanks for your thoughts on Uncle's and Nico's.

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                      PattyC Oct 26, 2012 12:18 PM

                      Had an early lunch at Nico's with some friends on Sunday before their flight home. Ordered the furikake ahi and catch of the day (already forgot what it was). The furikake ahi was definitely the tastier of the two. Nice space and good pre/post HNL stop.

                      Heading to Salt tonight.

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                        PattyC Oct 27, 2012 04:14 PM

                        Good dinner at Salt last night. Ordered the pork rillette, rabbit, tako, fried oysters and beet salad with the rillette and tako being our favorites. Pic of the tako and oysters. My husband said he felt like the oldest guy there though ;)

                         
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                    PattyC Oct 21, 2012 12:34 PM

                    Went to Whole Ox for a late lunch yesterday. I was initially disappointed that they were out of the porchettaboutit. Ordered a landsberg instead and the roast beef was soooo good. Planning to return to try breakfast.

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                      manomin Oct 21, 2012 12:48 PM

                      I'm going tomorrow, I really like the burger too. I've had both that you mentioned as well as a sloppy joe, love their salads too.

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                        PattyC Oct 26, 2012 12:25 PM

                        Had the foie benedict at Whole Ox yesterday. Hard to face the hotel buffet after that ;)

                         
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                      indelibledotink Dec 28, 2012 11:49 PM

                      was treated to uncle's today, had the signature poke tower - sashimi grade poke, ahi tartar, guacamole over rice with some tortilla chips. the combination worked well, although some of the chips were too salty - minors. i would highly recommend it. prices were on the higher side, but under $20 for most entrees. zagat rated as very good to excellent.

                      have not tried nico's yet, but heard the prices are better.

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                      Joebob Sep 21, 2012 07:26 PM

                      The spot to eat in Kapolei is Thai Lao, about a year old.

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                        PattyC Sep 22, 2012 12:20 PM

                        Great, I could use more recs out this way. Part of our time will be spent at Ko Olina and don't want to drive to Honolulu every day. We'll also go to the Roys there and maybe try Ama Ama for lunch.

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                          Joebob Sep 22, 2012 02:47 PM

                          Weakest of all Roy's. Haven't tried Ama Ama. Please report.

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                            PattyC Sep 22, 2012 03:21 PM

                            I agree about that Roys although my dad was there in July and thought it was better than it had been in the past so I have hope :) Will definitely report back!

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                              manomin Sep 22, 2012 03:46 PM

                              I was there in August had a wonderful meal, the food was top notch. The service while good was not as stellar as the Waikiki location unfortunately.

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                                PattyC Sep 22, 2012 03:57 PM

                                Good to hear!

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                                  Beach Chick Oct 8, 2012 05:59 AM

                                  Roys Waikiki is in a whole different league than any other Roy's I've been to and with my beloved Diva running the show and sometimes Roy in the house, its a great winning combo!

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                                    PattyC Oct 9, 2012 03:14 PM

                                    Do you think it's better than the Hawaii Kai one?

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                                      Beach Chick Oct 9, 2012 04:50 PM

                                      In my humble aloha opinion....YES!

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                                        manomin Oct 9, 2012 10:40 PM

                                        I concur with Beach Chick. I have loved everything I've had there. I probably said it before but it's great that in addition to the Roy's Classics on the menu the chef of Waikiki has his own page with his creations, I love his food!

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                                        scottca075 Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM

                                        Not a chance.

                                        I stay across the street from Roy's Waikiki, have been several times, but still drive to Hawaii Kai when I want the best of Roy's.

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                                        Bill Hunt Oct 10, 2012 09:51 PM

                                        We have NOT done Waikiki, but have felt that the Phoenix/Scottsdale, and the Pebble Beach/Spanish Bay were both better than Hawai`i Kai, or the Maui locations. We dined at the Kaua`i location, after a storm, and then after a move, so would hate to grade them on our visit. The Waikola, Big Island location was once good, but the last time there, it was filled to the gills with conventioneers, who were all shouting, and carrying on, so we had a rather bad experience - the food and service were good, but overall, they got graded way, way down that visit.

                                        Hunt

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                                          PattyC Oct 13, 2012 12:04 PM

                                          Funny, we have never liked the mainland locations (been to Pasadena, downtown LA, Pebble Beach and maybe one other) but have enjoyed our meals at HK although it has been a while since we were last there.

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                                            Bill Hunt Oct 24, 2012 09:19 PM

                                            That IS interesting.

                                            Over the years, we have had three locations in Phoenix, but two have closed. Luckily, the final, remaining version (Westin) is the best. Pebble Beach was great, and so was one other Mainland location (brain cramp, as I cannot recall the location) were very good.

                                            In Hawai`i, Hawai`i Kai was barely OK, both (original) Maui locations were less so, and Kaua`i was up and down, but one visit was just after Iniki, and with a recent reopening. Big Island was good, but went downhill quickly, when their great exec. chef moved "up" to corporate. Ko`olina was good, but we only did one lunch, and never diner, so I must hold out my rating - very good lunch, but do not know about dinner?

                                            Much might depend on "the night," or on the exec. chef during that moment in time.

                                            I have never had bad, but some have been much weaker, than others.

                                            Also, on the Mainland, we have definitely not dined at all locations.

                                            Just some Roy's observations,

                                            Hunt

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                                    PattyC Oct 13, 2012 12:19 PM

                                    Had lunch at Ama Ama yesterday. It was nothing special. Don't think I'd go back.

                                    There's construction at the the future location of Monkeypod Kitchen with a sign saying November 2012 though based what I saw I think next month is being optimistic ;)

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                                      PattyC Oct 16, 2012 06:06 PM

                                      We thought Ama Ama was lame until we tried Makahiki for lunch today.

                                      There's also a sign at the Island Marketplace shopping center for a Yuzu coming soon. However I saw no construction activity.

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                                      PattyC Oct 17, 2012 02:41 PM

                                      Dinner at Roys Ko Olina was pretty solid last night. Better than I remember it being and definitely better than the mainland ones I've tried. Don't know if it's as good as Waikiki or HK. Service was good too.

                                      Lunch is still pretty weak both in terms of food and service. The difference between night and day was literally night and day. It felt like two different restaurants.

                                      Pics of my king crab gyoza and trio of treasures.

                                       
                                       
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                                        Bill Hunt Oct 24, 2012 09:16 PM

                                        That is good to know. As mentioned above, we have only done a quick, light lunch, but that was pretty good.

                                        Mahalo,

                                        Hunt

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                                          manomin Oct 24, 2012 09:31 PM

                                          Bill - I had the most fabulous meal Saturday at the Waikiki Roy's. Just wonderful. Unusual in that the birthday girl wanted only appetizers and we had a completely fabulous meal for 4 people. Service was excellent. Interesting that the exec. chef was working the sushi station and had his sous working the line. The whole evening had excellent flow and perfect timing and execution of dishes. This is an example of why Roy's works. Folks exchange jobs and it still shines, giving others a chance is what it should be all about. Looking forward to my birthday meal there next month!

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                                            Bill Hunt Oct 24, 2012 09:37 PM

                                            That is great news.

                                            We have yet to go, though we stay, just across the street - too many places, and too little time.

                                            Hope to rectify that situation, though possibly not by the Dec. trip.

                                            Mahalo,

                                            Hunt

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                                              Beach Chick Oct 25, 2012 06:07 AM

                                              Aloha!!
                                              Roys Waikiki rocks it.
                                              Don't do mainland Roy's but O'ahu seems to shine.
                                              $300 rt.on Hawaiian Air...GTG
                                              ; )

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                                                Bill Hunt Oct 25, 2012 07:15 PM

                                                I know that you have been known to travel to AZ, but have you done the Roy's at Desert Ridge in Phoenix/Scottsdale? How did it compare to the Waikiki restaurant?

                                                Just curious,

                                                Hunt

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                                                  Beach Chick Oct 26, 2012 04:11 AM

                                                  Aloha Bill..
                                                  The only Roys I go to is Waikiki...its that good and sometimes, if I'm in the area, I'll hit up Pebble Beach for drinks to see the bagpipe guy.
                                                  Back in the mid 90s, the Roys in Napili was pretty good.
                                                  Strictly, a Roy's O'ahu Chica.

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                                                    Bill Hunt Oct 26, 2012 08:40 PM

                                                    Ah, "the bagpipe guy!" When the marine layer is coming in, and one knows that they will likely "prang one off a deer the next morning at Poppy Hills, the bagpipe guy is welcome.

                                                    Next time in these environs (Phoenix, AZ), I would enjoy reading of your trip to the Desert Ridge (J W Marriott) Roy's location. Maybe we can do Roy's Waikiki in Dec., but it will have to be for lunch.

                                                    Aloha and mahalo,

                                                    Hunt

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                                                      manomin Oct 28, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                      Bill - lunch is fun at Roy's, sitting at the bar or bar area. The menu is their "Classics" as well as a really good burger and lots of sushi offerings. I love to sit there and people watch.

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                                        KaimukiMan Sep 22, 2012 08:20 PM

                                        Give Brick Oven Pizza a thought. I tried it once and was very pleased. Haven't been back out that way in a while.

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                                          Joebob Sep 23, 2012 02:00 AM

                                          The Man came to Kapolei and he didn't try Thai Lao?! (Insert incredulous remark here.) KMan, you don't know what you're missing!

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                                            KaimukiMan Sep 23, 2012 03:06 PM

                                            No doubt, but I was with a friend who is suspicious of anything he doesn't consider 'American food' - apparently pizza is American. I will put Thai Lao on my list for the West Side.

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                                              manomin Sep 23, 2012 08:32 PM

                                              Gee K-Man he sounds like my late FIL. He also didn't like "white food" which meant white sauces and such. Of course he'd eat Alfredo so go figure!

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                                            PattyC Sep 24, 2012 08:10 AM

                                            Thanks!

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                                            Bill Hunt Oct 10, 2012 09:46 PM

                                            Had lunch at that Roy's, and it was good. We have dined at many Roy's, both in the Islands, and on the Mainland, and that one did not let us down - but it WAS only for lunch.

                                            Please report, mahalo,

                                            Hunt

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                                            PattyC Oct 18, 2012 10:07 PM

                                            Thai Lao was ono!

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                                              Joebob Oct 18, 2012 10:55 PM

                                              Glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback. What did you have?

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                                                PattyC Oct 18, 2012 11:05 PM

                                                Pad thai, pad se-ew, garlic shrimp, garlic whole fish and evil jungle curry. We liked it all.

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                                                  Joebob Oct 19, 2012 10:58 AM

                                                  Glad you got the deep-fried fish in garlic oil sauce; my favorite dish. Good choices, all, as is the roasted eggplant salad, laab, green curry, etc., etc.

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                                            macaraca Sep 24, 2012 12:38 AM

                                            The Pig and the Lady, in the KCC Saturday and Blasidell Wed farmer's markets, and occasionally pop up at Hank'e Haute Dogs is excellent.

                                            Lucky Belly in Chinatown...definitely worth a try

                                            There are 3 crab restaurants that have opened in town recently, with a 4th due soon...I haven't tried them, but they seem to be popular.

                                            Cactus in Kailua...very satisfying.

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                                              PattyC Sep 24, 2012 08:14 AM

                                              Do P&L still do pop ups? I haven't seen mention of them lately.

                                              Has anyone been to the Miso & Ale pop up (though I'm not sure if they have anything going on while I'm there)?

                                              Thanks for your other recs!

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                                                macaraca Sep 24, 2012 11:50 AM

                                                I think they may be so busy with the market scene that the pop-up is off for now. They apparently also do the Thurs Kailua farmers market, and are going to be at the first go of "Honolulu Night Market" Sept 29 in Kaka'ako with other truck types. You will just miss that, but with 3 other chances each week, worth trying for. Follow them at:
                                                http://thepigandthelady.com/

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                                                  Joebob Sep 24, 2012 12:09 PM

                                                  I like the 'night market' idea; just like in Bangkok. A chance for the locals to eat good food, get wasted, and stagger home fat and happy!

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                                                    macaraca Sep 24, 2012 02:05 PM

                                                    The idea sounds appealing, but from the list of vendors looks like there are more people selling fashion than food....doesn't sound much like Bangkok, but maybe once it gets off the ground it will be more interesting.

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                                                  killersmile Sep 24, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                  Haven't seen P&L do a popup for a while now. Went to the Miso & Ale popup at Lucky Belly. Unfortunately I wasn't impressed. The people I went with and a few other diners I talked to felt the same. Hopefully it was a one time miss, but for the price, i'm not itching to try again.

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                                                    PattyC Sep 25, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                    Bummer.

                                                    I'll try to hit one of the P&L market locations.

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                                                      killersmile Sep 25, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                      Good idea. They tend to have a slightly more creative menu on Wednesday nights. Check their website to see what's on the menu the day you decide to go.

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                                                  PattyC Oct 26, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                  The belly bowl at Lucky Belly was yummy.

                                                  Might go to Cactus for lunch on Sunday before the class.

                                                  Planning to graze my way through KCC tomorrow. Besides P&L what should I try?

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                                                    KaimukiMan Oct 26, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                    I've never been willing to stand in the line for the fried green tomatoes, but I'm told that they are good - if overpriced. If you have never had fresh ginger ale it is a definitely must try, completely different animal from what you get in a can or bottle. I think it's called pacific ginger or something like that. The fresh corn stand is good, and I often leave with a bag of popcorn from the popcorn stand. I'm not usually there for a meal, so I'm not as well versed in the heavier food stands.

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                                                      manomin Oct 26, 2012 01:40 PM

                                                      K-Man it's PacificKool for the ginger drinks, they are so tasty! I love buying the syrup and using it in a million ways at home. You are right about the fried green tomatoes but the line is way too long. I like the burgers at North Shore Cattle Co., and the coffee from Koko Head Roasters (the ones at the very beginning of the market). Although I do have to say, I don't go there to eat just to buy things for use at home which is a daunting task due to the huge crowds in lines everywhere for ready made food and the horrendous parking now. If/when I brave all that I go to Town for a drink and/or lunch since it's so close and not real crowded at that hour after the market.

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                                                        PattyC Oct 26, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                        Does a less busy time exist?

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                                                          KaimukiMan Oct 26, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                          The KCC farmer's market is only open on Saturday Mornings. The one at Blaisdel Center on Wednesdays 4pm-7pm is less crowded, but there are far fewer offerings.

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                                                            manomin Oct 26, 2012 07:09 PM

                                                            They did start a KCC market on Tuesday nights in an effort to alleviate the crowds but I hear it's just as busy/hectic/hard to park. Sure is tough to remember the good old days when it first started and was really a great place to shop for the week.

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                                                              KaimukiMan Oct 26, 2012 10:30 PM

                                                              my turn to be gobsmacked.

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                                                              PattyC Oct 27, 2012 04:47 PM

                                                              Got there just before 7:30am and the parking lot was almost full already. I feel sorry for those of you who actually go there to shop. I went to the Ala Moana one last Saturday which seemed like a nice little market with far less people but fewer vendors as well. Madre chocolates had a booth and I took full advantage of the sampling. Anyway back to KCC, there was no line at all at P&L. Got the pumpkin soup with spareribs, pork belly banh mi and duck and bamboo shoot noodle soup. It was all so delicious. Couldn't believe the line at the fried green tomato stand. We decided we were too full to eat anything else and wanted to get out of the sea of people so grabbed a refreshing ginger ale and left but it was worth braving the crowd just for P&L.

                                                              Lunch was at Town where my husband ordered the burger and I got the pasta with kabocha, mushroom and okra. We enjoyed both and shared a chocolate hazelnut gelato for dessert.

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                                                                killersmile Nov 19, 2012 05:16 PM

                                                                I go to KCC basically every Saturday mainly to shop, but I get there at 6:45am to avoid the crowds. Purchase my goods in advance, then sit and enjoy breakfast at P&L while waiting for the horn to sound so I can pick them up. Am usually out of the market by 8am without too much of a fuss.

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                                                          Bill Hunt Oct 26, 2012 08:43 PM

                                                          I have eaten Fried Green Tomatoes around the Mainland, and the best have been just "good." Considering that we grew up in the Deep South, and only discovered this dish, after the novel was published, indicates that it might have come about, sort of "lately." Good, when it IS good, but lacking all too often. For the publicity, one would expect at least one "great," but we've not found it - yet.

                                                          Hunt

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                                                          PattyC Oct 29, 2012 01:26 AM

                                                          Had lunch today at Cactus. While I thought my chicken tinga taco was just okay (didn't taste much of the smoked chile flavor), my husband's pork confit taco (a special) was so tasty, we split a second order.

                                                           
                                                      2. scottca075 Oct 7, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                        Where have you been already? Duc's Bistro isn't new, but gets neglected a lot, ditto for 3660 On The Rise and Town.

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                                                          PattyC Oct 7, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                          Duc's Bistro looks interesting, thanks. Not a fan of 3660 and am planning to go to Town.

                                                          Has anyone been to 53 by the Sea yet? Thinking of trying it for lunch.

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                                                            russkar Oct 7, 2012 09:34 PM

                                                            53 has good atmosphere but Food and Service aren't spectacular for the price.

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                                                              PattyC Oct 9, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                              That's why I was thinking of going for lunch. Looks like mains are in the 20ish range and include antipasti and dessert. Worth it for that price? I need a couple of places with nice atmosphere/view and approachable food to take my in-laws and thought maybe this would fit the bill. Places they've liked in the past include Top of Waikiki, Orchids, Hau Tree Lanai.

                                                              On another note, has anyone taken the bean to bar class at Madre chocolates? They have one scheduled while we're there.

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                                                                killersmile Oct 12, 2012 02:13 AM

                                                                Have not taken the bean to bar class, but I love their chocolates. A little pricy, but my favorite local chocolate bar maker. Great guys as well, sounds like a fun & delicious experience.

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                                                                  PattyC Oct 13, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                  Thanks for the feedback on their chocolates. Just signed up for the class on Oct 28th.

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                                                                    PattyC Oct 29, 2012 01:38 AM

                                                                    The bean to bar class was fascinating! Nat is an ethnobotanist so we got a lot of history and etymology thrown in with the chocolate making. The class actually ran an hour over the scheduled time but we didn't mind. Got to try raw bean, roasted bean, cacao fruit pulp, some hot chocolate, a 14 chocolate tasting and made our own bars. I highly recommend this class to any chocolate lover. Here's my smoked sea salt, chipotle and cacao nib bar with some other pics from the class.

                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
                                                                     
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                                                                      killersmile Nov 19, 2012 05:09 PM

                                                                      Awesome. Nat is a fun guy to talk to. I haven't had the chance to do any of their classes yet, but i'm trying to find time to do the cacao farm tour. Sounded like a fun and delicious time.

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                                                                  PattyC Oct 16, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                  To answer my own question, I think it's definitely worth the price for lunch. My husband really liked his pesto shrimp and my seafood stew was perfectly cooked. My in-laws both had the risotto with clams and mussels which I tasted and thought was a little bland but they enjoyed it. Our shared antipasti plate consisted of a fish mousse, shrimp and scallop salad, prosciutto and salame, eggplant and squash salad and a pasta salad. Dessert was a nice and light chocolate cake with lychee sorbet. Service was good the day we were there and you can't beat the view.

                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                   
                                                                   
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                                                                KaimukiMan Oct 9, 2012 06:05 AM

                                                                Second Scott's comment on Duc's. Parking is across the street in a funky little lot. Let the host know when you get inside and Duc's will take care of the parking.

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                                                                  PattyC Oct 9, 2012 03:22 PM

                                                                  Thanks for the tip!

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                                                              PattyC Oct 28, 2012 01:35 PM

                                                              AW was excellent last night! I was worried it wouldn't live up to memory but it did. We decided to go a la carte (we've had the classic tasting before and the chef's tasting while sounding very good seemed like too much food) and both started with the seared foie gras (glad we each got our own!). My husband had the caesar with kalua pork and I had the tomato salad. The only thing was I found the dressing too sweet on the tomato salad. They offered to replace it (which I declined) and automatically took it off the bill. They also came by later in the service and apologized again. For mains, I really wanted the butter poached Kona lobster on the chef's tasting so they did the tasting portion ALC for me (they also offered me a larger portion and a choice of starch both of which I declined) and my husband got the shellfish bowl. Everything was perfectly cooked. We shared the 5 brulees. I don't think I've ever strayed from this dessert :)

                                                              Heading to Kailua soon. I still don't know what I want for dinner on our last evening.

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                                                                Joebob Oct 28, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                                I really like your rolling reporting; very accurate and thoughtful. THANKS!

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                                                                  manomin Oct 28, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                                  I'm eating at Prima in Kailua tonight after inventory is over. I can't wait!

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                                                                    PattyC Oct 29, 2012 01:14 AM

                                                                    I actually wanted to stay and try Prima but my husband wanted to head back to Waikiki. Hope you had a good dinner!

                                                                    Since we hadn't made it to Tiki's yet, we thought we'd try that but there was a wait when we tried to walk in. We wouldn't have minded waiting if the music wasn't so obnoxious.

                                                                    So we headed to a place where I was pretty sure we could get in and would definitely enjoy the music. Stay tuned for where we went.

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                                                                      PattyC Oct 29, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                      So we ended up walking into La Mer! We were seated immediately at a table overlooking HWAK. The food hasn't changed much from my memory even though there's a new chef. Very well executed classical dishes without pushing any boundaries. We both went with the 3 course which started with a complimentary tasting of champagne (Piper Heidsieck NV if I recall correctly) and an amuse bouche of cold potato leek soup with smoked salmon. I had the squid starter which was very good and my husband had the lobster bisque. My main was the abalone and my husband had the prime rib with foie gras, both ably prepared. Dessert for me was the souffle which I thought could've been lighter. They actually brought out the wrong dessert for my husband but it was promptly corrected. His dessert, the chocolate mousse with ginger cotton candy, was actually our favorite dish of the night. We finished with some mignardises of green tea financier, chocolates and strawberry marshmellows. Even though it's not the most exciting food, we still had a lovely last evening. Service was excellent. When they saw that we were enjoying the music, they offered to move our table 2 feet to allow a better view for both of us. When they saw me taking pics of the food, they brought over a larger oil lamp for better lighting. It was a wonderful finale to our trip.

                                                                      Mahalo everyone for commenting and following along!

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                                                                        PattyC Oct 29, 2012 01:59 PM

                                                                        Lobster bisque, abalone and a beautiful view.

                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
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                                                                          KaimukiMan Oct 29, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                          thanks for the first review of the re-vamped (wrong word?) LaMer. Glad to know it still measures up to it's reputation.

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                                                                            Bill Hunt Oct 31, 2012 08:54 PM

                                                                            Mahalo for that info. We are dining there in Dec., and it will be the first venture with the new chef. We often do a version of the Tasting Menu, so will attempt to try as much, as is possible.

                                                                            Appreciated,

                                                                            Hunt

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                                                                              PattyC Nov 1, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                                              Enjoy!

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                                                                      PattyC Nov 1, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                                      A few places I missed reporting on earlier.

                                                                      Olelo Room - the pupus here were decent/OK. If you're forced to eat at Aulani ;) I would opt for light dinner here (to be fair we only tried lunch and not dinner at Ama Ama). Enjoyed the music.

                                                                      Dukes - we split a sickly sweet Hawaiian pizza at the bar while watching the uke contest.

                                                                      Hank's Haute Dogs IMP location - we were looking for something quick to eat in Waikiki and ordered the lobster dog which we kind of thought tasted like fishcake in a bun and the fat boy which we both liked better though we felt that neither was worth detouring for but it fit the bill that day.

                                                                      HWAK - went for their BBQ event. My husband got the ginger yogurt marinated chicken and I ordered the sambal marinated catch of the day which was mahi mahi. The mint chutney that came with the chicken was very nice but we didn't taste much ginger flavor. I was warned that the fish would be spicy but didn't find it spicy at all and wished it had a little more zing. The best thing here is the COCONUT CAKE! And of course, the entertainment.

                                                                      L'Aperitif - really enjoyed the drinks and small bites that came with them here. Pic of my Pimms and a bite of BI goat cheese.

                                                                       
                                                                       
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