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May 20, 2013 04:34 PM

What foods might I miss moving from DC to Oahu?

I'm absolutely thrilled to be moving to Oahu this summer. In terms of restaurants, I'm wondering what types of food I'm LEAST likely to have good luck with in Hawaii (if any). I need to know what to eat til I'm sick of it here. :-)
I'm looking forward to embracing all that Hawaii has to offer and don't plan on longing for a particular east coast food. Any ethnicities not well represented in Hawaii restaurants? (I will admit that I don't do Ethiopian so I'm not too sad about leaving that behind. And I've already started ODing on Trader Joe's goodies!)
Thanks in advance.

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  1. #1 absolutely, MEXICAN. Then followed by any European specialties you enjoy e. g. Scandinavian of any kind, Hungarian, the Greek isn't very good either, etc. Then South American and African.

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    1. re: Joebob

      i second the motion, though does dc even have good mex?

      russian, eastern european aren't represented at all.

      i haven't had a decent cubano here, although when i was in ny, the good ones were hard to find despite a plethora of cuban restaurants.

      what are some of your favorite chains?

      1. re: indelibledotink

        Ooo good call on the Mexican. Sadly, I think the closest DC comes is "decent" Mex. I do enjoy Rosa Mexicano, if you're familiar. I will definitely hit them up before we leave.

        Hmmm.... luckily I'm not too big on chains. Other than Popeye's (because why on earth make your own fried chicken when there's Popeye's), I can't think of any we frequent. Oh, and Chipotle, of course. I certainly wouldn't consider that authentic, and I can easily replicate my favs from there.

        I've been on an Indian kick lately, but I think I've seen a sufficient number of places on Oahu to get a fix, no matter how authentic.

        I will be sure to get some Greek and South American, as well-- thanks!!

        1. re: 0225eiluj

          we have popeye's and churches is good too, they only made a comeback to the islands within the past few years. unfortunately there are no chuches'/whitecastles here.

          there are a bunch of greek places. indian and even egyptian/mediterreanean/greek.

          no chipotle. maybe you could start a franchise, i here only good things about them.

          there used to be some brazilian restaurants, dunno if they are still around.

          1. re: indelibledotink

            There is a Brazilian/Portuguese resto. in Honolulu's Chinatown -- Adego Resto. I see some CH review on it.

            1. re: roro808

              I think Adego is a pop-up, but I'm not sure.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Adega -- on Pauahi St. - used to be the location of Mei Sum (?) dim sum. She moved a block away.

                1. re: roro808

                  thanks roro, i will have to put it on 'my list'. Been a long time since "Lisboa" closed on King St. Aside from Portuguese bean soup not sure what i would order at a Portuguese restaurant any more.

                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    The restol is run by Brazilian brothers, I believe.

                    1. re: roro808

                      And is not supposed to be very good. They offered 1/2 price Living Social discounts about a month ago, I believe.

            2. re: indelibledotink

              I don't believe Chipotle franchises. We looked into trying to open one and it wasn't an option at the time.

      2. P. S. BBQ, although you probably can't get anything decent in DC either. Stop in Austin, TX on your way here, drive around the Hill Country, and get your fill.

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        1. We don't do southern cooking, including Cajun, well or extensively in Hawaii. As far as I know, there are no Peruvian chicken places either. Falafel and kabobs are also missing in action.

          If I were in your shoes,before leaving I'd be sure to go to a good Jewish deli (though I don't remember there being any in D.C.) and eat a lot of soft shell crabs, which you can't get in Hawaii.

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          1. re: honu2

            although i don't usually go mediterreanean, we have them here. 'da falafel king' gets raves from yelpers, and the local greek places have followings.

            southern cooking is easier to replicate at home, but we don't have a lot of restaurants.

            although, i must say regarding mexican, that Serges' is VERY GOOD, if not SUPERB. i love Serges' and don't know why i didn't think of that when first posting.

            1. re: indelibledotink

              I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to da falafel king.

            2. re: honu2

              The only place I know of that does peruvian chicken is Horeo's Chicken in downtown.

              1. re: killersmile

                thanks for the tip, i never heard of horeos. arfe they exclusively peruvian?

                what distinguishes peruvian chicken from, say huli chicken?

                1. re: indelibledotink

                  Their sign says peruvian/argentinian cuisine. I haven't had the chance to try it yet. The one time I went to try it, they were sold out of their chicken already.

                2. re: killersmile

                  Horeo's is in a difficult place for most to access; it's off the basement courtyard of the Heald College building at the corner of Bishop and Hotel St. in a space that has seen numerous tenants. It's only open for weekday lunch with a limited take-out menu, so unless one works in the vicinity it's not worth the hassle of finding parking and a place to sit. The spicing is different from huli-huli chicken and it's not smoked.

              2. Half smokes with chili from Ben's, good Southern cooking, Portuguese and Lebanese fare. Agree about Mexican, although there are a couple of halfway decent taco trucks now.

                1. Anything you can get in DC, you should be able to get in Hawaii, & if you cook for yourself, you're ahead of the game- the only problem might be the higher cost of groceries. Have fun on, & around the beach! If you really want to suffer, eat lots of halfsmokes 'til you leave.....