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Staying outside Waikiki with husband and toddler. Lunch recommendations?

Nikki NYC Jul 16, 2013 06:38 PM

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. russkar RE: Nikki NYC Jul 16, 2013 06:57 PM

    Greens and Vines
    Blue Tree

    1. killersmile RE: Nikki NYC Jul 16, 2013 07:25 PM

      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: killersmile
        Nikki NYC RE: killersmile Jul 18, 2013 03:02 AM

        We are staying at the Kahala.

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          killersmile RE: Nikki NYC Jul 18, 2013 12:12 PM

          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.

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            hungryhungryme RE: killersmile Jul 18, 2013 12:40 PM

            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
              manomin RE: hungryhungryme Jul 18, 2013 01:43 PM

              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
                honu2 RE: hungryhungryme Jul 18, 2013 03:00 PM

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

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                  killersmile RE: honu2 Jul 18, 2013 07:33 PM

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

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                    hungryhungryme RE: honu2 Jul 19, 2013 02:11 AM

                    My apologies!

                    Other LUNCH suggestions:

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

                    Fresh Catch (Kaimuki)

                    1. re: hungryhungryme
                      macsak RE: hungryhungryme Jul 19, 2013 07:08 PM

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

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                        hungryhungryme RE: macsak Jul 20, 2013 12:03 AM

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

                    2. re: honu2
                      KaimukiMan RE: honu2 Jul 19, 2013 06:02 PM

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

                      1. re: KaimukiMan
                        hungryhungryme RE: KaimukiMan Jul 19, 2013 06:11 PM

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

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                          Joebob RE: hungryhungryme Aug 5, 2013 12:30 PM

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

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              Joebob RE: Nikki NYC Jul 16, 2013 10:22 PM

              Peace Café on King.

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                hungryhungryme RE: Nikki NYC Jul 17, 2013 12:36 AM

                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. KaimukiMan RE: Nikki NYC Jul 17, 2013 07:38 PM

                  - 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: KaimukiMan
                    indelibledotink RE: KaimukiMan Jul 17, 2013 08:18 PM

                    don't go to ono Hawaiian foods.

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                      KaimukiMan RE: indelibledotink Jul 18, 2013 03:38 AM

                      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?

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                        indelibledotink RE: KaimukiMan Jul 18, 2013 03:06 PM

                        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.

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                    macsak RE: Nikki NYC Jul 18, 2013 07:14 PM

                    12th ave grill

                    tokkuri tei
                    good to grill
                    cafe kaila
                    uncle bo's

                    diamond head grill and bakery

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                    1. re: macsak
                      killersmile RE: macsak Jul 18, 2013 07:34 PM

                      half your list isn't open for lunch. 3660, 12th ave grill, salt, tokkuri tei, uncle bo's are all only open for dinner.

                      1. re: killersmile
                        macsak RE: killersmile Jul 18, 2013 08:09 PM

                        oops, sorry
                        i read it incorrectly

                        big city diner

                        food trucks
                        cafe kaila
                        good to grill

                        DH grill and bakery

                        no fried foods cuts out a lot of my favorite places :)

                        more later tonight

                    2. indelibledotink RE: Nikki NYC Jul 19, 2013 04:37 AM

                      you can try Vietnamese. Saigon café is in kaimuki, and you must experience pho and bahn mi if you have not already. viet food is very healthy and fresh in general.

                      boston style pizza, coffee talk, koa's house of pancakes, Azteca all also in kaimuki. not sure if the scones place is still open.

                      don't go to the burrito place, prices are way too high.

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                      1. re: indelibledotink
                        macsak RE: indelibledotink Jul 19, 2013 10:20 AM

                        not to be argumentative, but pizza and mexican are weak points in HI
                        depending on where the OP is from, there are likely better options where they live

                        1. re: macsak
                          indelibledotink RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 04:13 PM

                          true, but these are relatively healthy and not bad if you have kids. the OP sounds like they just want food, not Hawaii specific stuff. correct me if i'm wrong.

                          also in the kahala area is a whole foods which has a deli.

                          but my highest rec would be Saigon cafe

                          1. re: indelibledotink
                            KaimukiMan RE: indelibledotink Jul 19, 2013 06:10 PM

                            I tend to agree with Macsac. While I think Azteca is one of the best places for Mexican in Honolulu, its not anything special by most mainland standards. And it is "old Californ" style Mexican, not what is now considered "authentic". I don't think I've ever heard Mexican referred to as healthy before, heck Mexico now has a bigger weight problem than the US. Outside of the Margaritas, Jose's is to be avoided. Nasty stuff that.

                            Scones was still open last time I looked.

                            There is also St. Louis Drive in further down Waialae. Much of it is not terribly health, but their seafood bento's are pretty decent.

                            And I agree Saigon's is good for Pho, as is Hale Vietnam, but Saigons is less expensive.

                            Is North Shore Grinds in Palolo still in operation?

                            1. re: KaimukiMan
                              macsak RE: KaimukiMan Jul 19, 2013 07:06 PM

                              what about that small japanese place in palolo/kaimuki that had plate lunches and shave ice?

                              1. re: macsak
                                KaimukiMan RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 10:11 PM

                                that's north shore grinds - at least I think it is

                                1. re: KaimukiMan
                                  hungryhungryme RE: KaimukiMan Jul 20, 2013 12:04 AM

                                  Your Kitchen is the place with the shave ice. However, Uncle Clay's is great as well!

                      2. Nikki NYC RE: Nikki NYC Jul 24, 2013 06:41 PM

                        Thanks all! I can't wait to try out some of these suggestions! We were in your neck of the woods in February and did most of our lunches at Whole Foods, as we obviously didn't have a clue. Then we would drive around until Little Guy fell asleep in his car seat; nap time in a hotel room can be treacherous. I am so excited to try some recommended fare. Thanks again! Nikki

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                        1. re: Nikki NYC
                          indelibledotink RE: Nikki NYC Aug 5, 2013 12:25 AM

                          did you come already?

                        2. Beach Chick RE: Nikki NYC Aug 15, 2013 09:50 PM

                          Love Giovanni's shrimp truck in North Shore..best garlic shrimp.
                          Has nice new covered patio..packed and always with tons of Aloha..
                          Matsumoto for shave ice..
                          Anyone been to Opal Thai?

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                          1. re: Beach Chick
                            indelibledotink RE: Beach Chick Aug 15, 2013 10:29 PM

                            beach chick,

                            have you tried all of the shrimp trucks? I haven't tried any of them yet.

                            the line at aoki's shave ice is starting to rival matsumoto's.

                            1. re: indelibledotink
                              Beach Chick RE: indelibledotink Aug 16, 2013 07:03 AM

                              I wish I could say I've been to the myriad of shrimp trucks up in North Shore but Giovanni's garlic shrimp with 2 scoops has me jonesing on the mainland for months that no other place exists for me.

                              Gotta try Aoki's..same thing for me on Matsumoto..love me the lilikoi..


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