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Sep 11, 2013 09:26 AM

Coming to Oahu - Looking for some help

I love the Hawaii Board and peruse it fairly often. My wife and I are coming to Oahu September 14-26 (Yeah, really last minute)

We're not that much into higher end dining; We love the local food. Wife is from here so much of our eating will be at our long time favorites:

Liliha Bakery
Rainbow Drive In
Bubbies ice cream
Shimazu Store
Thang French Coffee for mango smoothies
Ailana, tho there was an ownership change
Young's Fish Market
Made In Hawaii
Pancakes and Waffles
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Honolulu Coffee Co.
Kua Aina Burgers
Whole Ox Deli
(we're not going to be able to hit all of them, tho)

I do have a number of questions for some places we want to try and your suggestions.

Is there a tsukemen ramen shop in Oahu? It has been really popular in LA. Instead of broth, you dip the noodles in a spicy dipping sauce. Love to try it if you have it. I figure anything popular in Japan would hit Honolulu soon.

Our go-to dim sum place has been Mei Sum, but our last time to their newer location was disappointing. What do you think is the best dim sum in Honolulu? Also opinions on Little Village?

Kamuki Man wrote a glowing review of Honolulu Burger. I'd like to try there, maybe instead of Kuwa Aina.

My cousin visited last month and liked Pioneer Saloon in Waikiki for Japanese style plate lunch. Any mention here?

Kimukatsu is coming to LA, and I'm looking forward to trying it. Just want to know what you all think about it.

Finally wanting to get to Nico's. But also thinking about Uncle's Fish Market (wife loves fish & chips)

Also wanting to try:
Uncle Clays for shave ice.
Kamehameha Bakery for poi donuts
Dean's Drive Inn
Uahi Island Grill
Your Kitchen for shave ice

I will be online constantly, so greatly appreciate any feedback.


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  1. As far as tsukemen, I can't think of a place that does it right now. We used to have a Taishoken and Kiwami Ramen also used to make tsukemen and I used to like both places, but they have both long since closed.

    Pioneer Saloon gets mentioned here as one of the go to options on Monsarrat.

    Tried Kimukatsu, but didn't care for it. Much prefer Ginza Bairin instead.

    Either Nico's or Uncle's is good for fresh fish. Uncle's prices are slightly higher than Nico's at lunch.

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    1. re: killersmile

      nicos does a pretty good fish and chips, but the fish is one or two large pieces, battered and fried, not individual pieces.

    2. If you are in Waikiki, Ginza Bairin (a branch of a Japanese restaurant chain) does great tonkatsu, especially their donburi bowls. The rice bowls at Your Kitchen are supposed to be quite good too though I haven't tried them yet.

      I actually preferred the burger at Whole Ox to Honolulu Burger Co., which I also enjoyed. Teddy's, Kua Aina, HBC all seem to have their good days, some better than others.

      5 Replies
      1. re: curiousgeo

        Both Ginza Bairin and Kimukatsu have counters in Shiryokiya's Yataimura.

        1. re: Debbie M

          Just make sure to have them fry it up fresh while you wait rather than take the prepacked ones. Makes a world of a difference in taste.

          1. re: killersmile

            Absolutely, fresh out of the kitchen is the way to go.

          2. re: Debbie M

            That's really great to know. I really love Yataimura, and being able to try both Ginza Bairin and Kimukatsu there is a real plus.

          3. re: curiousgeo

            I forgot to mention that I love the donburi at Your Kitchen as well as the shave ice. Their pork bowl is melt in the mouth.