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Jul 16, 2013 06:38 PM

Staying outside Waikiki with husband and toddler. Lunch recommendations?

We will have a car and need recommendations for places to go with our toddler. We are not into fast food restaurants or fried foods. In fact, it would be great to find some places that have some healthy dining options. Thanks! Nikki

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  1. Nico's
    Greens and Vines
    Blue Tree

    1. Where outside of Waikiki are you staying? It makes a big difference between Kailua/Kaneohe, Ko Olina/Aulani, Turtle Bay, Kahala, etc.

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        1. re: Nikki NYC

          Everything in town is fair game then. Everyone's suggestions are good. Hoku's & Plumeria Beach House at the Kahala are nice. Let me add places in the Kaimuki/Diamond Head/Kapahulu area that weren't mentioned yet like Diamond Head Market & Grill or Pioneer Saloon or Good to Grill or Your Kitchen for takeout plates, Ono Seafood for poke, Izakaya Nonbei or Gazen for izakaya, Sweet E's for breakfast.

          1. re: killersmile

            I second killersmile's recommendations for Diamond Head Market (scones!) and Pioneer Saloon. Hoku's has a great Sunday brunch and you can't go wrong with the view from the restaurants at The Kahala.

            Don't forget to grab an acai bowl while you're here...Lanikai Juice and Diamond Head Cove are great places and close to your hotel.

            And a few others that haven't been mentioned yet...
            The Original Roy's (in Hawaii Kai)
            3660 on the Rise

            1. re: hungryhungryme

              Great suggestions. I don't know if it's true for brunch but at dinner Hoku's requires long pants for the men. If you don't arrive in them they issue you a pair of polyester drawstring waist numbers.

              1. re: hungryhungryme

                Pretty sure that Roy's in Hawaii Kai and 3660 on the Rise don't serve lunch.

                1. re: honu2

                  forgot about the lunch requirement. in that case you can remove the izakayas from the list

                  1. re: honu2

                    My apologies!

                    Other LUNCH suggestions:

                    Sweet Home Waimanalo...certainly not in the area, but perhaps worth your drive! :)

                    Fresh Catch (Kaimuki)

                    1. re: hungryhungryme

                      yeah, i can't believe i forgot fresh catch
                      if the OP likes/wants to try poke, this is the closest choice

                      1. re: macsak

                        Poke?...head to Tamura's!! (although it's a market, not a restaurant)

                    2. re: honu2

                      3660 did for a short time, they no longer do. Roy's Hawaii Kai is not open for lunch.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        However, if you happen to be in the area, I believe Roy's Ko Olina serves lunch!

                        1. re: hungryhungryme

                          Roy's Ko Olina is the least good of all Roy's in HI IMO.

            2. Peace Café on King.

              1. There are a number of prepared food vendors at the KCC, Kailua, and Blaisdell farmers markets! I'd also recommend Bogart's Cafe for breakfast (get a take out order and have a picnic at the beach).

                And a few other ideas:
                Waialua Bakery (on the North Shore)
                Whole Foods (for a quick stop)
                Cafe Kaila
                Taste Table (rotating pop ups)
                Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha
                Cafe Julia

                1. - fusion: town, kakaako kitchen, big city diner
                  - dim sum: legends, happy days, tai pan, mei sum
                  - ramen: tenkaippin ramen, goma tei, yotteko-ya, gomaichi
                  - sandwiches: ba-le , LaTour, Panya, Andy's, Cafe Laufer
                  - fish: Nico's, Uncle's, Kyung's, Fresh Catch
                  - hawaiian: Haili's, Ono's, People's Cafe, Helena's

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                    1. re: indelibledotink

                      why is that indel? its been a couple of years since I was there but it still gets mostly good reviews on yelp, even from 'local' people. what kinds of issues have you had there?

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        ono Hawaiian food is different than ono seafood. the following refers to ono Hawaiian food only.

                        prices are very high and portions are very small. I feel you should get 3x the food for the price. for example, if you order lomi salmon (diced salmon, tomatoes, green onion, onion), it comes in a small condiment size plastic cup, like when you get hot mustard from Chinese take out.

                        but that doesn't matter as much as the taste of the food, which is horrible. I believe a lot of people come away with a disgust because they are told to try ono's.

                        I could not identify any salmon in the lomi. the haupia tasted sweet, but not like regular haupia, and it was a tiny piece. i ordered the tripe stew, and i thought it tasted awful.

                        i will never go back there.