Annual Visitation - Oahu
Mom came for an 11 day visit. Here’s a short report on what we (and assorted friends) ate. Meals ranged from simple and cheap to sublime but not so very expensive. We tried to keep it to two meals most days. Feel free to comment, question, criticize, bemoan, praise, scoff, envy, etc.
Big City Diner: One TuTu’s Caesar Salad, one BCD Thai Salad. Both very good.
Koa Pancake House (Kaimuki): Two of us ended up with the lemon crepe’s, very tasty, very light. One Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice. Good stuff Maynard.
Ryan’s Grill: A variety of Heavy Pupus with friends. I didn’t order, so I don’t remember what all was on the table. Very good. Happy Hour Prices. Happy Hour drinks. We were happy people.
Bale Sandwich (Hawaii Kai): Had three sandwiches between the two of us because we couldn’t decide, ham, chicken, roast beef. Roast beef the least of the three, but all good.
McDonald’s (Manoa): One Coke, one Chocolate Dipped Soft Serve Cone. Cooled off a hot afternoon.
Kit ‘n Kitchen: One Filet of Sole, one Chimichuri Pork Chop. Both excellent.
Royal Kitchen: Char Siu Manapua, Curry Chicken Manapua, pork hash, half moon. Passion Orange Drink. All yummy.
Himalayan Kitchen: Three of us Naan (paratha), Ravatna Biryani, Saag Paneer, and a fish special with Opah in a Nepali style gravy sauce. All so very good. Service (as always) cheerful, friendly, and slow.
Cafe Laufer: Three desserts for three people, one strawberry cake, one lemon curd torte, one peach sherbet. All to die for (or from.) You can go into a food induced coma just staring into the pastry case.
Mc Donald’s (Kaimuki): One Sausage McMuffin each. Expedient, tasty.
Haleiwa Joe’s (Haleiwa): One wedge Salad, one Cheeseburger. The wedge salad exceptionally good, the burger hit the spot.
Camp Mokuleia: The ‘new’ cook is from Zippy’s. Quite good ‘cafeteria’ style food. We certainly never went away hungry or disappointed. Lots of snacks on what people brought from home including shave ice (!) and s’mores. What a magical place. If you have a retreat, a reunion, whatever, Mokuleia should be on your list of places to check out.
CPK (Kahala): One Caesar Salad, One Chinese Chicken Salad. Both very good.
Haleiwa Joe’s (Haleiwa): Had to go back to retrieve an item left behind several days before. They had kept it knowing someone would be back, even offered to let us pick it up as early as the kitchen staff arrived. But as long as we were driving all the way out there, and they were so nice about it... This time a spinach salad, Emma’s Poke, and Rock Shrimp all shared. All very tasty.
Town: One hand cut pasta, one Risotto with He’e (octopus.) Both superb. Oh that fresh baked bread . . . How the risotto didn’t break with all that butter is a mystery. Great service. Great Food. Indecipherable wine list, but our waitress’ suggestions were on the mark.
Legend (Chinatown): Three of us shared about a dozen dim sum items and some noodles. Very Very Good. Waddled out.
Zippy’s (Makiki): One BLT sandwich, one Portuguese Bean Soup. Both hit the spot.
Koa Pancake House (Hawaii Kai): One Banana Pancake short stack, one Blueberry Pancake short stack, side order portuguese sausage (Linguiça). Lots of food. Tasty and filling. Unlike some places the fruit was actually cooked into the batter. Maybe not the best, but still very good.
Side Street Inn (Hoapaka): Six of us had fresh poke, lup chong fried rice, pork chops, chinese chicken salad, oxtail soup, chicken katsu, and sautéed mushrooms. Not a lot of leftovers. Excellent, all of it.
Well, thats the summary. I think I’m allowed to eat again sometime in October.
“. . . if you gotta go, thats the way to go . . .”
Wow, quite a visit. Love those desserts from Cafe Laufer, rich, decadent, delicious but expensive, guess one must pay for quality. Reminds me we haven't been to Legend or Sidestreet for quite some time, have to eat there one of these days.
Have you tried the braised oxtails or seafood paella from Kit n Kitchen? Those dishes sound kind of intriguing. Nice report.