Hula Dog (or Puka Dog as it was once called) has been on my list to try for many years. I first saw this place on a travel channel special and then Anthony Bourdain's No reservations. After someone like Anthony Bourdain gave it a thumbs up; I was set to try it for myself.
The place is a block behind the International Marketplace in a small storefront. As soon as we got there we had a "line" of about 12 people in front of us. So as we waited I checked out the menu board and directions on how to order a Hula Dog which is as follows:
Bread Type: White, Wheat or Taro Bread
Dog Type: Polish Sausage or Veggie
Garlic Lemon Secret Sauce: Mild, Spicy, Hot or Hot Hot
Relish: Mango, Coconut, Pineapple, Banana or Star Fruit
Mustard: Lilikoi or Guava
I chose the taro bread, polish sausage, spicy sauce, mango relish and lilikoi mustard. The buns are impaled on this point metal spear(it looks like a medieval torture device) that creates the hole for the dog. Inside the hole they fill in the mustard, sauce and relish before sliding in the dog. From the very first bite I was hooked. The flavors are incredible, so tasty and yet so hard to describe the flavor combination. God, this was incredible good. I can't wait to have another.
My wife doesn't eat pork sausages and thought ordering a veggie wasn't a good substitute so she ordered a Mango, Orange, Guava shave ice istead. She loved her shave ice but it was too large of a portion even with me helping her eat it.
Our last visit to Waikiki brought us here for breakfast. We loved Hula Grill for lunch and dinner so we thought we'd give their breakfast a try. We love their veranda here and having a nice breakfast overlooking Waikiki Beach is a great way to start the day. We arrived around 7:45am for breakfast and the place was busy. We waited about 10 minutes for a table to become available.
Our table was right on the veranda edge with a great view of Waikiki Beach. Our waiter handed us menus and we began to peruse the breakfast offerings. It was really tough for me to narrow down a choice since they have so much to choose from: pancakes, waffles, omlettes, and eggs done in a variety of ways. After some debating I chose the Kahuna Burrito which has Eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, jack & cheddar cheese, with avocado, chipotle cream, salsa and homestyle potatoes. My wife decided to have the Apple Cinnamon Hawaiian Sweetbread French Toast. As for drinks I went with an unsweetened Iced tea and my wife chose her favorite POG (Pineapple, Orange and Guava) Juice.
I absolutely loved just watching the happenings on the beach as we waited for our food. There was so much activitity; surfers, body boarders, boats and the large array of sunworshipers below. The weather was perfect for eating outside with a nice breeze and blue skies. We were both so engrossed in the view that we hardly noticed when our breakfast arrived.
My Kahuna Burrito was massive. The eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, jack & cheddar cheese were rolled up in the burrito with a tasty chipotle cream sauce on top. On the side was the avocado, salsa and homestyle potatoes. The flavors of this dish were amazing...and the avocado was incredibly good. My wife loved her Sweet Bread French Toast. I had a bite of it myself and it was very tasty.
Food here is good, service is freindly and attentive. Prices here don't break the bank either with my big burrito being $10.75 and the french toast was only $8.50.
I loved our breakfast here it was delicious and a great way to start our morning in Waikiki.
Favorite Dish: The Kahuna Burrito was excellent. If you want a filling breakfast this is the way to go.
The Tiki Grill was a place that our friend Salmo had recommended us to try; since then it has become a regular stop for us when visiting the area. The Tiki Grill is a nice rooftop bar/restaurant with nice indoor/outdoor seating. The bar area is on the left hand side of the restaurant with an open air seating and a space for the nightly entertainment.
Liz and I decided to come here for some drinks and snacks after spending some time at the beach. We arrived rather early before 11am (they open at 10:30). The hostess seated us at a table outside with a beautiful beach view. The menu had a variety of appetizers, pub grub and more substantial entree choices. The drink menu was rather extensive with beer, different types of wine, hard alcohol and mixed drinks.
After perusing the menus I decided to have a Mai Tai and Liz chose the Polynesian Prince. Both drinks came in souvenir cups. We had a choice of cups(assorted Tiki Heads, coconuts, and glasses) and decided on Tiki heads; a brown for me and a Green for Liz. Our drinks arrived promptly and we then ordered the Calamari Katsu to share. My Mai Tai was very good and I loved the Tiki Head. Liz's Polynesian Prince was a blend of fresh strawberry puree, pineapple juice, rum and a dash of sparkling wine. Liz loved her drink although her Tiki Head looked as if his nose needed to be repaired (our waiter brought over a new one for us to take home).
The Calamari Katsu arrived on a large warm plate. It was a large calamari steak in a panko crust covered with blue crab and shrimp salsa in a lemongrass caper butter sauce. Wow! This was one awesome appetizer. The calamari was tender, the crust was perfect, the crab and shrimp were very flavorful and the sauce was insanely good. Liz and I gobbled it up leaving just a pool of sauce in the plate.
I really enjoyed this place for it's laid back atmosphere, good service, awesome beach view, tasty drinks and delicious food. I was so glad we tried this place and then I found out it was an I-dine...awesome!
**We recently returned in 2013 for another amazing time. My wife's Polynesian Prince Drink was off the menu but the bartender made her one anyway...nice job. I enjoyed their Mai Tai and we shared that delicious Calamari Steak we so love here.**
Favorite Dish: The Calamari Katsu was very tasty and perfect for two. The calamari was tender and not rubbery. The panko crust was light and crispy ( I despise when there is too much breading). The sauce made the dish with it's tangy and creamy taste of butter mixed with salty capers and tangy lemongrass.
Alan Wong’s was a restaurant that I definitely wanted to try for some time. Alan Wong is a well know chef that specializes in Hawaiian Regional Cuisine. If you want to truly “Taste Hawaii” this is the place to come to experience Chef Wong’s take on the traditional dishes and flavors of the islands.
We were visited Oahu as one of our stops on my 40th Birthday trip and my wife decided to surprise me with dinner at the Honolulu location which is the flagship restaurant. I was told ahead of time that the location is not “wow” being the top floor of an office building with not much of a view. I wasn’t here for a view; I wanted the excellent food that this place is known for. Yes, the place is unassuming from the outside but the interior is quite nice with good atmosphere.
When we arrived the hostess checked off our reservation and brought us to our table which was right by a large window with a view of the mountains. She wished me a Happy Birthday and handed us our menus. When I opened my menu, it was personalized for me. It read Happy 40th Birthday Christopher Gabel with the date. All the chefs and staff had signed the menu with Birthday Wishes as well. Wow, what a nice touch; I had a massive grin from ear to ear seeing that. My wife already knew this was coming so she was happy at my reaction.
Now for the menu. You can make a selection from the menu for your appetizers, entrees, soups and salads or go with one of their two tasting menus (A Tasting of the Classics or the Chef’s Tasting Menu). I chose a Tasting of the Classics which was six courses of food. The courses included: Soup And Sandwich(Chilled Vine Ripened Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup, Grilled Mozzarella Cheese, Foie Gras, Kalua Pig Sandwich), Chopped Ahi Sashimi and Avocado Salsa Stack(Stacked on Crispy Won Ton, Spicy Aioli and Wasabi Soy), Ginger Crusted Onaga(Long-Tail Red Snapper Miso Sesame Vinaigrette, Organic Hamakua Mushrooms and Corn),Butter Poached Kona Cold Lobster(Keahole Abalone, Eryngi Mushrooms, Green Onion Oil), Twice Cooked Short Rib(Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style Gingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang Sauce) and Chocolate Truffle Crunch Bars. My wife did not want a ton of food so she chose the Whole Tomato Salad with feta cheese and Li Hing Mui Ume Vinaigrette. For her entrée she chose the Steamed Shellfish Bowl which had Lobster, Shrimp, Mussels and Clams, Bouillabaisse Style Broth with Chili Pepper Aioli.
As we enjoyed our drinks a large rainstorm erupted which created some beautiful rainbows over the mountains which were quite beautiful. Our server was very attentive and made sure our drinks were full, we had enough bread and kept us posted on our food status. The first course of my tasting arrived along with my wife’s salad. Wow, presentation here is excellent. My gilled cheese, pork sandwich was incredibly good. The Tomato soup was excellent and so flavorful. This was a perfect beginning to a meal. My wife enjoyed her salad but thought it was a bit heavy on the dressing for her taste. Second course, the Ahi Sashimi and Avocado stack was unbelievably fresh and so good. My wife’s entrée arrived along with my third course the Ginger Crusted Onaga. I’m not a huge fan of snapper but I appreciated the good flavoring used on the fish as well as the fresh quality of the fish itself. My fourth course arrived quickly after I dismissed the fish. The butter poached Lobster was very sweet and good. I’m not a huge Lobster fan but this was quite nice. Now on to my favorite course, the fifth course was short ribs. Oh my God, there were so tender, so tasty, so yum. I savored every bite and loved the shrimp on the side dipped in that tasty sauce. I have to say to date; this is the best meal of my life.
Now on to dessert. I was incredibly full after that Tasting menu, but there was more to come. My dessert was these chocolate truffle crunch bars with chocolate macadamia nut cookies. They also brought a plate of homemade truffles and macaroons for my birthday along with a Birthday candle. Liz and I enjoyed the rich chocolate truffle bars and really enjoyed the light and sweet macaroons as well. We definitely didn’t finish dessert but it was an incredible finish to a great meal.
As a birthday gift we received a box of Alan Wong’s homemade truffles wrapped in a beautiful gift box and bag; what a nice touch. I have to say that this exceeded my expectations for food, service and overall atmosphere. I am so happy my wife arranged this for us and I cannot wait to return.
This is about the only decent place to grab a bite to eat at the airport before your flight. Ferni and I have eaten here a few times before our long flight back to SFO, LAX or DFW since AA doesn't serve food other than purchased sandwiches and snacks on these flights if you are seating in coach.
This restaurant is located at the AA terminal. The food here is decent and the service is good. The menu is full of all sorts of burgers, sandwiches, salads and other quick meals.
Favorite Dish: I had the bacom mushroom burger, Ferni had some chicken strips. The burger was okay, a little fatty and not as juicy as I would have liked, but was edible.
During our first trip to Ouahu together, Ferni and I were enjoying Waikiki Beach when we decided we needed to get a nice cool drink as well as something to eat. We walked along Waikiki Beach and decided to stop in at the World Famous Duke's. The restaurant was crowded, but we managed to find a table that suited us just fine (it was open seating).
The waitress made her way to us as soon as we sat with the menus said she would be back in a few moments to take our order. I decided I wanted a nice frosty drink and looked over the menu and decided on the "frozen mango-margarita". Ferni decided he wanted to stick with beer and ordered a Heinekin.
Although the menu has some really yummy choices, I really wanted some calamari and ordered the calamari strips and Ferni decided to skip eating at that point as he really wasn't hungry.
The calamari strips were excellent and so was the yummy frozen drink. We had a really nice time enjoying our drinks and the wonderful view that the restaurant has of Waikiki Beach.
We make it a point to visit Dukes ever time we are in Oahu and during our recent trip in January 2012 Ferni and I had drinks and some yummy appetizers at the bar. It's a great way to meet people as we always do with Ferni's great sense of humor and antics.
Favorite Dish: I ordered a yummy frozen mango margarita and the calamari strips which were quite good. while Ferni only had a few Heinikins.
I've also had the mushroom, spinach and goat cheese pizza. Yum!
We've been here several times, most recenlty in January 2012. We really do enjoy the breakfast here which is EXCELLENT.
The restaurant is located in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach, overlooking the beautiful beach with nice tables and excellent views. There's also a really nice bar here too, which we have frequented on occassion for a few drinks before or after dinner. The waitstaff are very attentive without being too over bearing which makes for a pleasant dining experience.
The breakfast menu was quite varied with a few local and common breakfast items. I decided to go with the Seafood Eggs Benedit, OMG, what an excellent choice. I usually stay away from certain foods that can upest my stomach, espeically certain breakfast items, but there are times where I really like to try new items off the menu.
Ferni loves Spam, so he decided to have the Spam and scrambled eggs. He totally enjoyed his breakfast as well and decided to make this a place to come to again and again.
We've been lucky to always be seated at an outside table overlooking the ocean and the views of Diamond Head and being there with my Ferni in a beautiful place couldn't be any better.
Favorite Dish: I had the Seafood Eggs Benedict, which came with a side of home fries which were quite yummy, Ferni had the Spam and eggs which he enjoyed.
Our recent visit for breakfast again was just as good as the first time. I had the pancakes with macadamia nuts and Ferni had the French toast!
A good breakfast is always a great start to our day when we travel, that's if we get up early enough. On this particular day we decided to check out the Kuhio Beach Grill. It was conveniently located inside the Marriott Resort and Spa at Waikiki Beach where we were staying.
We decided to come here for breakfast on the morning before heading out to Pearl Harbor. We arrived sometime around 8:30 am and the restaurant was quite crowded but we were seated right away at a nice table outside. You can choose to have either a breakfast buffet or order any combination of choices, but after looking over the menu, we decided that the buffet was a better option price wise.
The buffet has a really nice waffle and pancake station as well as an omelet station and of course the buffet of sausage, spam, bacon, rice, fruits, vegetables, and a the other assorted breakfast items including yogurts, fresh squeezed juices and of course coffee.
You can also choose your dish from the extensive menu as well.
Favorite Dish: Ferni decided on some french toast and waffles while I decided on the waffles and pancakes which were served with maple syrup or coconut milk and topped with whip cream wich bacon and assorted fruits for our breakfast.
I also tried their combination fruit juice which was papaya, orange and pineapple juice blended together, quite good. The food was good, but nothing out of this world.
It was a late night for us and we hadn't had a bite to eat, so on our way back to the hote, we stumbled upon this place. We had actually spotted the restaurant during our walks along Waikiki Beach and the restaurant was always crowded during the lunch hours, so we figured the food must be good.
The restaurant is quite nice with an "open" section facing Waikiki Beach. It serves mostly burgers as the name implys, but does have an assorted selection of other choices for those who aren't or didn't want burgers. I decided I was definitely having a burger while Ferni decided on the chicken strips (what a mistake).
We were seated in a table as soon as you enter the restaurant as all the tables facing the beach were occupied...we didn't mind as we were quite hungry and there for some grub. I looked over the menu and decided on the bacon cheese burger with onion rings and Ferni had the chicken strips with fries.
I loved my burger, it was cooked perfectly to my liking, juicy and delicious...the onion rings were good as well. Ferni on the other hand did not like his chicken, he claimed it was too "undercooked" and not at all tasty, I didn't try his chicken but thought that he should have probably ordered a burger, which would have been a better choice.
I was quite happy with my meal and I would recommend that if you visit this place, stick with what they are known for, burgers :)
Favorite Dish: I ordered a bacon cheeseburger medium well which was quite juicy with onion fries. Ferni ordered the chicken strips and fries which he was quite dissappointed with and only had a few bites of.
I've been here a few times, the first during my visit in 2005. We were just getting back from exploring Waikiki Beach and wanted a quick bite and something to drink. The restauarant is located at the end of Kalakahua, near the zoo. It was a great relaxed place to have a meal. They are open 24 hours and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a great open balcony with panoramic views of Diamond Head and of course Wakiki. They also have a live band on weekends.
During my latest visit in 2009 we arrived in Waikiki on a late night flight and we were starving. Since Lulu's was located just a few blocks from our hotel and was open 24 hours we thought it would be a good place to get something to satisfy our bellies.
We weren't very happy with the food. Ferni left most of his burger and I left most of my steak.
Favorite Dish: On my second visit here in 2009 I had the steak tips in teriyaki sauce and Ferni had the burger, the food was blah to say the least. I thought that maybe it was due to the time we were here.
During my first trip to Oahu we had decided on going out to one good place for dinner. It was a custom of ours to "splurge" on one good meal and Nick's definitely was a splurge.
We enjoyed our evening very much and the food was quite good with the waitstaff being so gracious and attentive but not overly, leaving us to enjoy or time here.
The food was fantatic as I can remember, but sadlly can't recall exactly what we had. I do know we enjoyed a good bottle of wine.
Tropics Bar & Grill is located at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and is a great place to grab lunch, dinner, appetizers or just for hanging out at the bar with a few drinks. The restaurant serves your typical bar type dishes with chicken wings, salads, sandwhiches, burgers, as well a calamari, shrimps, fish.
We wanted to have lunch here during our most recent visit in January 2012, but certain items on the menu were not available due to the fryer and electricital being out of order. So, we decided to skip having lunch here.
The next day Ferni and I decided to come by and grab a late lunch and catch the superbowl playoffs with the Giants and the 49'rs.
The bar is quite large, but unfortunately there are only three tv's on each side of the bar, so you have to make sure to grab a stool at the bar. We were lucky enough to be at the bar just at the time that a couple was leaving, so we were able to order some food while catching the game.
We had a great time watching the game and talking to other fans while enjoying a few drinks. There were plenty of 49 fans as well as Giants fans cheering their favorite team!!
Favorite Dish: We ordered the fish & chips for me and the chicken wings and fries for Ferni. The fish & chips were good and tasty but a little greasy, Ferni's wings were really good. The fries were quite yummy as well.
Ferni and I usually plan at least one really nice meal during our trips and since we were staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village we decided to enjoy a meal here.
We didn't have reservations but the hostess graciously took our name down and told us that she would have a table ready for us in about 20 minutes. We decided to sit at the bar and enjoy a drink before dinner, but we barely waited more than 10 minutes when the hostess came over to the bar to get us.
The restaurant is quite nice with French doors that open up to oceanfront dining. We were happy when the hostess sat us at a nice table close to the open veranda where we could hear the soothing sounds of the ocean. The atmosphere is more of a “Caribbean upscale vibe” without being pretentious.
As we were seated by the hostess as the waiter walked over to us to tell us he would be serving us tonight and would bring us the menus. He promptly brought the menus over along with a basket of bread. I quickly spotted a few choices and so did Ferni and about 5 minutes later he walked over to our table and asked if we had any questions about the menu. We asked about a few items before making our decision.
The menu is full of your typical meat and seafood options as well as some really nice appetizers both bold and hot. The cold appetizers had a selection of shrimp cocktail, oysters, sashimi and a seafood platter. For the hot appetizers you could have your choice of escargot, lump crab-cake, Yukon potato soup or lobster bisque. There was a few selections for salad, either iceberg wedge, island greens or tomato and mozzarella. For your entrée you had your pick of porter house steak, a 6 and 8 onz. fillet mignon, prime bone-in rib-eye, braised beef short ribs, grilled half chicken, prime rib 12 onz. and 16 onz. As for seafood, they had a pan roasted island fish, pan roasted mahi mahi, and a seared sashimi as well as my pick, the Bali seafood medley. There is also a nice selection of sides like creamed spinach, grilled asparagus, roasted mushrooms, sautéed green beans with Portuguese sausage, fingerling potatoes, jasmine rice, Yukon potato puree and the truffled parmesan French fries. There were also a few vegetarian selections. Along with the above items there is a Four-course Tasting menu.
Service was impeccable and the food arrived about 13 minutes after placing our order. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and didn’t even have room for dessert.
I decided to order the Bali seafood medley which consisted of butter & Thai basil seared Island Fish, scallops, shrimp & lobster with a Yukon potato puree, Maui onions drizzled with a tarragon sauce. I decided to order a side of jasmine rice. Ferni ordered the 8 onz. Fillet mignon with a side of Truffled parmesan fries. My dish was amazing fresh and very tasty. Loved especially the scallops!! Ferni enjoyed his steak as usual.
Prices are about right for this type of dining. Ferni’s steak was $44, my seafood medley was $46, the truffled fries and jasmine rice were $8 each. The prices for the wine was about $14 a glass and Ferni had one glass of Heineken which was about $12. Overall a really good eating experience.
Favorite Dish: As soon as I spotted the Bali Seafood Medley I knew this is what I wanted to order. It consisted of butter & Thai basil seared Island Fish, scallops, shrimp & lobster with a Yukon potato puree, Maui onions drizzled with a tarragon sauce. I decided to order a side of jasmine rice. Ferni ordered the 8 onz. Fillet mignon with a side of Truffled parmesan fries. My dish was amazing fresh and very tasty. Loved especially the scallops!! Ferni enjoyed his steak as usual.
Small place run by a local family. The food is amazing and reasonably priced. There are many choices and variety of food available. Meet the locals and feel the real Hawaii in this family atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Loco Moco for breakfast.
I loved coming here. Centrally located across the street from the Waikiki beach it is a very convenient place to meet. No windows and all the ocean breezes you can handle. The staff are accommodating and portions are large.
They have a monster burger challenge which my step son attempted and just couldn't finish. He tried hard for sure!
Favorite Dish: Anything that ends in beer!
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