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Oct 26, 2012 07:39 AM

"Hottest/Hippest" Restaurant for 21 yo out of towners?

Give me your best suggestions!!

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  1. Are you talking about Honolulu?

    Lucky Belly is the newest hip/hotspot. It's in chinatown on Hotel St. and shows up again and again on my facebook page. The pork bely bao and duck lumpia seem to be the signature/hip/hot dishes. From what I have read its a mix of hype and honestly good food. Remains to be seen how long it lasts.

    Whole Ox deli remains very popular for breakfast/lunch, Tiki's in Wakiki has lost some of it's shine, but still popular among the younger crowd.

    The various bars and restaurants along what they are calling the Waikiki beachwalk (which is actually Lewers, a block diamond head/east of the actual Beachwalk road) are also fairly popular, including Hard Rock Cafe, Senior Frogs, and Yard House - yes, all mainland chains.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      I have to disagree with the assessment of Tiki's. Their food has improved a million times over with Ronnie Nasuti at the helm. The dining room is not as frenetic as the bar area which is great to enjoy his creations.

      1. re: manomin

        Not going to disagree with anything you said about the quality of food, but it's not as 'hip' as it was two years ago, like you said the dining room isn't frenetic any more.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          Gotcha! I wasn't real thrilled with the bar area myself, didn't like the music and the crowd was less than appealing to be with! Did like the food though! I know what you mean! I'm not hip nor am I cool!

          1. re: manomin

            I'm gonna' sit back, smoke my cigar and drink my Biale Black Chicken, and let you "kids" duke it out on "hippest." Being the old guy in the room, I am the last person to contribute, but I might learn something new.



            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Hunt can't be older than me (70). His mind and palate are too young.

      2. re: KaimukiMan

        Lucky Belly is hip and hot. I had the belly bowl (ramen with pork belly, smoked bacon, sausage and an egg). Very good, but filling. If you go with a group, you could share some of the appetizers and small plates, which sounded really interesting.

        Senior Frogs at the Royal Hawaiian Center is closed. Not that I sought to go -- I just happened to notice it when I walked by (abandoned spaces always creep me out).

        1. re: Debbie M

          Missed the old establishment Mini Garden for my Hong Kong noodle craving. Have been going there for years. Any idea where I can go for similar noodle place?

          1. re: roro808

            Mini Garden has a restaurant on Beretania, just diamond head (east) of McCully. Same owners.

          2. re: Debbie M

            Yes, Senior Frogs is definitely closed. There have been serious management issues cited, it seems it was not a "safe environment" for some employees. Especially women. The story came out today. This was one of the headlines: Senior Frogs at the center sexual scandal

        2. based on what someone said about salt on another thread, it is still pretty happening too.

          1. Ryan's at Ward Center used to be hip for young diners--but haven't gone there for a while. How about Rumfire at Sheraton?

            1. Thanks for all your advice BUT I actually posted this question by mistake on Hawaii board. I meant to post to NYC where I have freinds who were supposed to come in but due to our hurricane could not. Anyway-I will have opportunity to still make use of your advice when I'm head home to Oahu next month for my annual Christmas visit. Mahalo to all!!

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              1. re: UES Mayor

                thats ok, was a good conversation starter UES

                1. re: UES Mayor

                  All the best to your NYC friends. Hope that things are OK with them.