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    The Shrimp Shack: Shrimp Goodness

    by fosterbeer Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Wow, the best food I had in Hawaii. Get the Pan-fried Garlic Shrimp for $9.75 - it is the goodness. Their Mahi-Mahi was good as well, and I don't even care much for fish.

    Make sure you chat with the Shrimp Lady at the counter, and listen to her explain how to eat the shrimp.

    Also make sure you sign the guestbook they have lying around on one of the picnic tables.

    They don't sell drinks, but the building next to them is convenience store and has pretty much any drink you want.

    Favorite Dish: Pan Fried Shrimp.

    The Shrimp Shack
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    Tikis Restaurant and Bar: Tikis

    by C_L_T Written Oct 3, 2004

    Tikis Restaurant has an outside terrace and indoor seating. We booked our table for the evening and watched the sunset over Waikiki Beach while we ate. The menu is varied with something for everyone and is good value for money...especially that view! Make sure you book a table ahead as it does get busy.

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    Cheeseburger in Paradise: If you have to eat burgers...go here!!

    by C_L_T Written Oct 3, 2004

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    If you have the urge to have some typical American food then head to this place because it lives up to its name! It is situated across the road from Waikiki Beach which some tables overlook and it also has a live band. It's just the latest in themed restaurants but it's fun!

    Favorite Dish: There are so many possibilties its hard to choose, and it's not just burgers you have to pick from there are also sandwiches and salads...with vegetarian options aswell.

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    Shrimp Stand along side the road: Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp

    by geekgrrl Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Shrimp. Nothing but shrimp. This is part of a shrimp farm. You can see the ponds in the fields around the shrimp shack. This opens and closes, but in January of 2004, it was open again. There are picnic tables where you can eat your shrimp if it isn't too crowded.

    Favorite Dish: Shrimp?!?!?

    Shrimp!
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    Great pie!: Crouching Lion Inn

    by geekgrrl Written Apr 6, 2004

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    This is a lovely restaurant on the windward (east) coast of Oahu. We stop here during our Circle Island tour. You sit on a covered porch with a lovely view of the ocean.

    (the Crouching lion head is in the photo, just to the left of the palm tree trunk - the little knob on top)

    Favorite Dish: I highly recommend the Kalua pork sandwich and a piece of pie. My favorite is the Mile High Coconut pie!

    Crouching Lion Restaurant
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    Duke's in Waikiki: Duke's in Waikiki

    by Erin74 Written Feb 25, 2004

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    Duke's is an institution in Hawaii. You'll find a Duke's here in Waikiki, there's another on Kauai and more in California! The chain is named in honor of Hawaii's legendary surfer, Duke Kahanamoku.

    Duke's Waikiki is located right on the beach and is a very popular spot for a casual bite. It offers lovely ocean views and is particularly crowded around sunset.

    Favorite Dish: Menu items worthy of mention:

    Macadamia nut and Dungeness Crab Wontons

    Grilled Ono with pineapple salsa

    Hulu Huli Fresh Chicken
    Breast of chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, shoyu sauce and brown sugar

    Tropical Drinks:

    Try the "Lava Flow" and the "Blue Hawaii."

    Duke's in Waikiki
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    Sam Choy's: Awesome Asian cuisine!

    by GlobalMatt Written Jan 17, 2004

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    Sam Choy's restaurant in Honolulu was my favorite restaurant. It was a HUGE buffet mixed with some a la carte items. Everything was gourmet on the buffet. There must have been 30 different types of food to choose from. I was stuffed after visiting this place. Yum yum!! I'll be back here if I visit Honolulu again some day.

    Sam Choy's

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    Shorebird Restaurant & Beach Bar: Excellent, affordable food at Shorebird Restaurant

    by Erin74 Written Jan 12, 2004

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    The Shorebird Restaurant and Beach Bar was one of our great finds during our time on Oahu. We'd seen it featured on The Food Network several months before our trip, and then when we passed by it on the beach, we decided to stop in.

    The Shorebird has some of the best prices in Waikiki, especially considering that it is right on the beach (great view!) and has such good food and service. Our server could not have been nicer and more helpful. When I mentioned how much I loved the salad dressing they served (a papaya seed dressing-- it was SO good!), she told me where on the island I could buy the best brands and brought me out several other native dressings to try.

    The restaurant has live music and elegant, tropical decor, complete with large overhead fans and oceanfront tables surrounded by palms and tiki torches. From Noon to 3pm, the Beach Bar offers a fresh salad bar for $9.99. It features a wide array of fruit, salads, pasta, bread, etc...

    Favorite Dish: We ate at the Beach Bar, which is slightly less expensive than the restaurant. I recommend the Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Breast Sandwich and the Mahi Mahi Sandwich. Also, be sure to order the Beach Bar Salad and sample that amazing Papaya Seed Dressing. This dressing is also really good as a dip for chicken strips.

    At the restaurant, you can choose from several different kinds of steaks and lots of fresh fish. They also feature a kids menu.

    Breakfast 7 - 11 am
    Lunch 11 am - 3:30 pm
    Dinner 4:30 - 10 pm

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    Shorebird: All-you-can-eat Hawaiian Buffet

    by Kaleisu Written Jan 11, 2004

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    Located right on Wakiki Beach, the Shorebird restaurant was a delightful surprise. Arrive around 4:30-5:00pm to miss the dinner rush and watch the sunset in this open-air restaurant on the beach. You can stroll the beach during your 15 minute wait for a table. Grill your own meat or try the all-you-can-eat salad bar for less than $9.95. Local Hawaiian dishes are included on the salad bar and taste better than the luau that I went to. Four of us ate for $50 (no drinks).

    Favorite Dish: Excellent poi - see Paradise Cove night life review to see how to eat "tastefully."

    Diamond Head view from the Shorebird

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    Lakeside Lanai: Best Mai Tai on Oahu

    by Kaleisu Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    What this place lacks in variety, it makes up for in quality friendly service. This place is a favorite for locals, bikers, and service men. You won't find many tourists in Wahiawa, so you're guaranteed a unique experience. The Mai Tai's are the best I had on the entire island - they are also the STRONGEST. After 1 1/3, I was ready to dance on the table. Food is dirt cheap and the establishment is open-air. Some mosquitoes - as the name indicates the lakeside location. Great stop on the way from Honolulu to the Northshore or vice versus.

    Favorite Dish: Vegetarians should try the Nachos and Taco Salad, minus the beef/chicken. Local service men highly recommend the steak.

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    Helena's Hawaiian Foods: Authentic Hawaiian at "Helena's Hawaiian Foods"

    by Erin74 Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Helena's Hawaiian Foods is one of the best places on Oahu to sample real, Hawaiian food in a local environment. I'd read about this place in some old guidebook and we decided to go check it out. The area isn't fancy and neither is the restaurant. It's folding chairs at plain tables and a walk-up counter where you place your order. The diners all seemed to be locals with their kids. There are awards all over the walls and photos of Helena with various people of importance. Everyone here is very friendly.

    ** Note: Helena's only accepts cash, no credit cards!

    Favorite Dish: You can order items a la carte or in combinations. We ordered "Menu A"-- this included Kalua Pig, Lomi Salmon, Poi, Rice and a coconut dessert that sort of had the consistency of jell-o. We really liked the pig, the poi and the dessert, but just couldn't get used to the taste of the salmon, which is served cold and sort of jellied. That's the thing about local foods-- sometimes you like them, sometimes you don't. But they're good to try.

    I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to sample authentic local cuisine in an unpretentious environment.

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    The Patisserie: A Patisserie / cafe

    by joanj Written Jan 6, 2004

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    Well while on holiday you are allowed to pile on the lbs. !! correct ?

    Well this Patisserie has wonderful mouthwatering creamy concoctions. It does also sell bread, and sandwiches salads, etc., and you can eat outside at a few tables provided.
    But it is the cream cakes that draw the consumers.

    Favorite Dish: Neopolitan cream slice. Deeeeeeeelicious.

    they also have outlets at the Edgewater Hotel, 2168 Kalia Road. Tel. 922 - 4974, and at Kahala Mall Shopping Center, 4211 Waialae Ave. Tel 735 - 4402

    Sadly no photo of the shop, or me tucking into the creamy slice, that is just wasting good eating time to take photo's !!!

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    Cultural Dancing

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    There is a cultural show of dancing - Samoan Fire-Knife dance, Tahitian and of course the Hawaiian Hula. Germaine's Luau is a ‘feast’ - so much tantalizing dishes, tropical fruits etc. It’s a lot of fun. The Poi (Taro Potato) was not one of my favourites though.

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    Germaines Luau

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    Germaine's is reported to be the best and most authentic luau in the Pacific. You can drive yourself there or take a tour. Tables are set outside under swaying palm trees right on the beach. The show begins early evening and ends as one of those great Hawaiian sunsets slides down the horizon behind you .

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    I Tried so many great restaurants

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    I cannot begin to remember all the restaurants, cafe's, bars etc that we went to during our 2 months in Hawaii. Living in a hotel meant that all meals (other than breakfast) was taken at a restaurant or bought and brought back. There were a few memorable ones though.

    Orchids Restaurant at the Halekulani Hotel. The seafood is mouth watering although it is fairly expensive here.

    Ryan's Grill - The Ward Centre, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu. known as the go-anytime order-anything restaurant. Repeat award winner for best business lunch, best bar pupus. They serve a full dinner until 1:00 a.m.

    The Banyan Veranda - They serve Breakfast, Tea (1-4:30pm), Dinner and Cocktails. On Sunday they have Brunch: 9am-1pm.
    Location: Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel, 2365 Kalakaua Ave.

    On our last day in Hawaii we met some friends for a champagne brunch. We were outside on the balcony looking over the sand and the ocean and a guitarist serenaded us for hours. It was just wonderful - we left about 6.00pm in time to do a few last minute things before leaving later than evening for the airport.

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