Places to eat in Honolulu

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    Look this site over, see how...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Look this site over, see how the restaurant section is broken down by area, type of food and you will be well served.

    Remember, there are no BAD restaurants, just some that are better.


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    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In the continuing theme of this dialogue on how to save a buck in Honolulu, try Fook Yuen Seafood, upstairs in a small shopping mall located at the corner of Kapiolani and McCully.

    I think they take reservations, give them a call, they are in the White and Yellow pages. Mostly local Chinese go here.

    On the same floor, located centrally just steps away from the elevator is a Korean Restaurant, this excels. One of the best that tourists don't know about.

    There is a Japanese restaurant downstairs, with a variety of excellent dishes, I think it is called the Tonkatsu Hayashi. Tonkatsu is a kind of pork cutlet served with a special type of sauce, an Island favorite.
    The location is extremely popular with locals. Thus parking is difficult. If you go through the entire parking lot, make a right turn and then another one to the downstairs free parking. Good Luck. Elsewise, you will just have to find a place on the street and walk back. We have never failed to find something nearby. Don't be discouraged.

    Any of the KIM CHEE restauarants, they are a small chain, are excellent, use the phone book.

    Patsy's Kitchen located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center always has great food. There are many eateries to suit every taste at a reasonable cost over at this large shopping center. There is a directory which will guide you to these. Parking is free.

    Look at your map and drive up Manoa Road, all the way to the Manoa Shopping center. It is a beautiful drive and the homes going up Manoa Road are the long time old money homes, many of them over one hundred years old. The COOKE mansion is on Manoa Road, this goes back to the old days when one of the most prominent people in the Islands was CHARLES COOKE of the firm CASTLE & COOKE. His grandson Sam lives there. A much smaller house at 2820 Manoa Road is one of the houses that I lived in as a teenager. It looks exactly as it did in 1950. The long flight of stairs that goes up the right side of the house was built by my grandfather 50+ years ago and looks as though it was just built last year.

    On your left, progressing up Manoa Road is WAIOLI TEA ROOM, try that one on for size, It is Japanese, is in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods, probably a little pricy but has ambience that won't quit. Tourists don't know about this place either.

    When going up Manoa Road, you will come to a point where there is a fork in the road. In the words of Yogi Berra, famous American baseball player and Coach for the New York Yankees, 'WHEN YOU COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD, TAKE IT!'

    To the right, you will go straight up to and find the mall. Every kind of food imaginable is there. The Italian Restaurant is excellent. The variety of food places is too numerous to mention. The Japanese Restaurant is also excellent.

    You will be one of very few tourists but believe me, you can't go wrong and you will find this mall to be delightful. Had you taken the left side of Manoa Road, you would pass by the Cooke Mansion, and at the very top of the Road, a right turn will run you over to the Mall.

    Find and drive to the Kahala Mall, same story, beautiful stores, lots of good restaurants. Same holds true for the large mall on the left on the way to Hanauma Bay, huge, full of nice shops and lots of restaurants. A good place to rent your snorkel gear. This is known as the Hawaii Kai area, look up in the hills behind the Mall, maybe cruise around up there, lovely homes. None of this was there pre 1950's. Who could have ever imagined.

    You must go to Honolulu's Chinatown. That's where you will get the finest dim sum betweeen SFO and Singapore. Which one is best? The big one, can't miss it . Want nostalgia? WO FAT. One of the oldest.

    In Waikiki district, LAU YEE CHAI's has ALWAYS been one of the premier places, but a tad pricy, you just don't need to pay that kind of money for a good meal. If you want the very best, acclaimed cook who wins contests, try Alvin Wong's. Not the greatest location but he's THE man.

    Scan your THIS WEEK for early bird specials, though I would hope that you will try my way out at least a few times. You will not be disappointed.

    Favorite Dish:

    Fook Yuen often has a Lobster Special for under $10.00, done up in a variety of Chinese styles. The garlic and black bean lobster dish is excellent.

    If you decide to go to the Korean Restaurant and can handle really HOT food, be sure to order the barbecued pork dish, it will be so hot that your scalp will itch. Try out the jumbo meal where you cook the various meats at your table, teppan style. You will get an array of Korean kim chee(s) some will seem very foreign.

    If you want to experience a Hawaiian Luau, Blue Hawaii's and Mai Tai's, dinner show style, there are two major luaus, Paradise Cove and Germaine's. Or you can do the Polynesian Cultural Center deal, all day and luau at night. No drinking! If you order that through the travel agency that has prominent pages in the THIS WEEK magazine, likewise for Circle Island Tour, you will save a lot of money.
    Almost a two for one savings over usual rates. This is a small little travel agency with the very best deals in town. Through them, you can get to any other island, RT, car and hotel for $164.00 or $318.00 for 2, to the Big Island. For just a little more, you can get an all day tour thrown into the mix.

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    Rainbow Sushi: Sushi, Sushi, Sushi

    by Ahidyn Written May 17, 2009

    If you like sushi, Honolulu is the place to find it, and at a good price. This place is inside a shopping center

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    LuLu's Waikiki Surf Club: Go for the View

    by raevnzno Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Great place to stop for a quick bite if your going to the zoo or the aquarium.
    Probably lots of fun for sunset as well.
    We went for breakfast, but the rest of the menu looked good as well

    a little local color
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    Jackie's Kitchen: He cooks too?

    by raevnzno Written Jul 28, 2005

    This place is tops on my list for the next visit. Didn't see this till after we'd stuffed ourselvs full of shrimp.

    Owned by Jackie Chan, who knew he could cook too?

    yep, Jackie Chan

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    Singha Thai: Finally Good Thai Food

    by greenCoral Written Mar 24, 2005

    Good food, good service, fun and romantic atmosphere. They also had a dancer dance traditional Thai...very interesting. Overall very good experience.

    Thai dancer -not a good pic though
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    3660 on the Rise: 3660 on the Rise

    by thinking Written Feb 24, 2005

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    I like this restaurant. It has good food and it is not pretensious.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoy fish, so my favorite dishes are always fish or vegetarian dishes.

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    Pavillon Court: PAVILLON COURT: Lunch at the Art Academy

    by thinking Updated Feb 20, 2005

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    Seating is limited, so you must make a reservation. They serve pasta, soup & sandwiches, and a daily fish special.

    Favorite Dish: I like all of their food, as they have an excellent executive chef.

    Outside view of Art Academy
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    PAGODA: Good Brunch

    by nygaston Written Feb 20, 2005

    Nice Ambiance

    Favorite Dish: The Breakfast

    Buffet Lunch $12.95
    Saturday Lunch $16
    Sunday Brunch $20
    Dinner Buffet $25

    Friday Night: Seafood


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    by thinking Updated Feb 15, 2005

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    Lots of nice cakes and pastry. The locals go here for desert after their dinner.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoy being with people who love eating desserts, but I don't like them myself.

    Elizabeth at the Halekulani
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    HALE VIETNAME: Popular Vietnamese food for the locals

    by thinking Written Feb 14, 2005

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    The restaurant is very popular with the locals, but they are not aware of PHO MY LIEN which is much, MUCH better.

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    Little Village Noodle Shop: Chinese Food Served w/ a SMILE?

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Zen like simple ambiance environment w/ well-seasoned food and amazing SMILING NICE wait staff! Good prices too!!!

    Favorite Dish: Tofu Pot Stickers and Mapo Tofu are amazing VEGETARIAN offerings!

    Outdoor Sign

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    A wonderful panoramic...

    by Catane Written Aug 26, 2002

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    A wonderful panoramic restaurant just besides the Pink Palace.

    Here my friends & myself at the bar ;)

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  • Wo Fat: Wo Fat

    by Hawaii-5-0 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite Dish: Opened in 1883,Wo Fat is the Oldest Chinese Restaurant in Hawaii.
    Opens at 8 am.Serves great dim sum for breakfast.
    Good place to have early breakfast then go shopping around Chinatown.

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