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Quince Nov 14, 2013 12:10 AM

I am interested in sampling the food at the finest okazuyas on Oahu before they are a thing of the past. Here is my list so far. Please tell me if there are any I have missed!

Gulick Deli
Mitsu-ken
Mitsuba
Lynn's Okazuya
Nuuanu Okazuya
St Louis Deli
Matsumoto's

I have tried:
Fukuya- nice variety, tasty food, and you can get mochi there too.

Toshi's Deli- the very first place I have been with no posted menu or prices anywhere, just the trays of food in the window. I got a plate with long rice, chow fun, fried chicken, shoyu chicken and hash patty, plus a drink, and it came to a little over $12! I heard some okazuyas have gotten expensive...does anyone know if this pricing sounds normal? The food was good though.

Kabuki-very solid okazuya, I remember everything being good and reasonably priced.

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    macsak RE: Quince Nov 14, 2013 12:32 AM

    maruki tei in windward mall

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      Quince RE: macsak Nov 14, 2013 09:45 PM

      Thanks for that, I never would have guessed there would be one in Windward Mall.

    2. KaimukiMan RE: Quince Nov 14, 2013 01:30 AM

      It's not purely Okazu, but Sekiya's has an Okazu counter by the front door.

      1. killersmile RE: Quince Nov 14, 2013 11:58 AM

        Just to add to your list, Tanioka's & Sato's.

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          macsak RE: killersmile Nov 14, 2013 12:25 PM

          tanioka's rocks!
          i may go today

          where's sato's?

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            killersmile RE: macsak Nov 14, 2013 01:47 PM

            It's in a strip mall in Waipahu in the same parking lot as Waipahu Festival Market. Known for their fried noodles.

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              KaimukiMan RE: killersmile Nov 14, 2013 06:52 PM

              they do great catering too

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            Quince RE: killersmile Nov 14, 2013 09:44 PM

            Ooh, I love Tanioka's. One stop local food shop heaven. I guess I never thought of it as an okazuya before because they sell poke, plate lunches, bentos, cookies, mochi, and sashimi too. But they do have an okazuya facet to them as well.

            I have heard Sato's has good fried noodles...do they have a full array of other okazuya dishes too?

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              killersmile RE: Quince Nov 15, 2013 02:42 AM

              If I remember correctly, Sato's doesn't have that extensive a menu like most of the other okazuya. Mostly some proteins to go with their fried noodles.

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            curiousgeo RE: Quince Nov 15, 2013 07:19 PM

            The original Gulick in Kalihi is a yes, same with Nuuanu Okazuya. Cross St. Louis Deli off your list, a strong no there, not to be confused with St. Louis Drive In next door, different operation.

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              Quince RE: curiousgeo Nov 15, 2013 09:43 PM

              Is the food just flat out bad at St. Louis Deli?

              Is St. Louis Drive In any good, BTW?

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                curiousgeo RE: Quince Nov 15, 2013 11:17 PM

                A definite step below the others you've mentioned. Everything there had the same oily taste, not good IMO.

                St. Louis Drive In is good, a popular lunch spot, bentos, plate lunches, etc., but not an okazuya.

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                  KaimukiMan RE: Quince Nov 16, 2013 06:07 PM

                  St. Louis Drive-in is best known for their fish/seafood bentos. The other plate lunch things are good as well.

                  It is not the same company as St. Louis Deli, they just share the building.

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