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First Visit to Hawaii...and I don't want to miss anything!

Hi All! I had a wonderful first trip to Hawaii - thanks to all of you for your wonderful suggestions! Here are some highlights and notes -

We stayed in Waikiki...so started eating on the 'strip' there. The food was well prepared - don't get me wrong. However, it was very much like dining in a Vegas i.e. very mainstream and unimaginative cuisine...while a little pricey. However, if you have to do it: Lu Lu's had a great view, Tiki's had great night life, and Duke's had both....all the food was decent, but as described above.

I had a great Mai Tai - at 'Mai Tai' at the Royal Hawaiian. Allegedly, the mai tai was created there. I had their original version - to try the original, but the menu had a version with ginger that I regret not trying. I had their poke while I was there - they served their on guacamole with taro chips...yummo!

While at the Royal Hawaiian, I overheard a bar tender suggest the 'Side Street Inn'. His recommendation was further romanticized by indicating that many of the great local chefs (ex Roy, Alan Wong) eat there after service. I loved how casual it was, how all the great food went great with beer, and how the place was packed with locals. This was probably my favorite meal.

My second favorite meal was at Sweet Home Waimanalo. I loved the barbeque, plantation iced tea and inventive sides.

I had malasada's at Leonard's (didn't drive buy without getting one hot with coffee) and the Rainbow Inn a couple of times. Definitely unique experiences I am so happy you all pointed me too.

My travel companion took me to Boots and Kimo's in Kailua. I found the banana pancakes with mac sauce truly delicious - but didn't love their ribs as much the ribs as Side Street Inn. I just found the ribs at Boots rather bland - while the ones at SSI were spicy deliciousness!

I didn't make it to Alan Wong's or Roys. I had reservations - but I got caught up in the travel and activities outside of Waikiki. Just gives me a reason to go back!

One final thought - I attended a luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The center itself, and the show 'Ha!" were really great - I loved it. However the luau, left a lot to be culinarily desired. If any of you had suggestions of where to get a scrumptious luau - I think it would be appreciated by future readers.

Thanks again to all of you for your help - it really made my trip!

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Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu, HI

Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Lu Lu's
75-5819 Alii Dr Ste F, Kailua Kona, HI 96740

Oct 11, 2010
ksueroy in Hawaii

First Visit to Hawaii...and I don't want to miss anything!

Hey All - I have been on Oahu since Saturday and I am having a great time! Thanks for all the yummy reccomendations! I just had dinner at the Side Street Inn - why wasn't that included in anyone's posts? I thought the meal was yummy, the service friendly, and the atmosphere low key but distinctly Hawaiin.

Headed to Haunama Bay tomorrow to snorkel!

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Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu, HI

Oct 05, 2010
ksueroy in Hawaii

Mmmmm....Mussels!

How can you not love beer knight bill? Especially we he brings you samples of the amazing beer and explains how, with his title, he can make you a 'lady'. ;-) How adorable!

It is hard to compare BB and Centrale - both have their merits...but i do agree, on some levels BB surpasses Centrale.

Oct 01, 2010
ksueroy in Greater Boston Area

Mmmmm....Mussels!

Happy Fall Ya'll! I just moved back to Boston from the DC area...and at this time of year, I find myself searching for the best mussels. In DC, we had a great place for mussels down town in Brasserie Beck - a Belgium Gastropub with an amazing beer list and a charcuterie plate that is this French Canadian girl's dream! ...but i digress ;-)

So, how about it, where can a gal find great mussels here in the Boston area?

Sep 30, 2010
ksueroy in Greater Boston Area

First Visit to Hawaii...and I don't want to miss anything!

Jazzaloha - thanks for the interest and probing questions. Details are below:

I lived in DC for the last 6 years and just moved to the Boston area. While in Oahu, I want to try foods that are unique to Hawaii - but I am primarily interested in quality. The New York Times had some recommendations that looked really great - I like that many of the recommendations were asian restaurants of the variety I don't see everyday. They are below.

Green Door Café
Little Village Noodle House
Nico's

Transportation should not be an issue - we are renting a car.

Thanks again!

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Little Village Noodle House
1113 Smith St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Sep 27, 2010
ksueroy in Hawaii

First Visit to Hawaii...and I don't want to miss anything!

I am vacationing on Oahu in October. I was already looking forward to the trip - and after reading the yummy posts - I am even more excited! Any must do culinary experiences while I am in town? I am looking for anything from great local food trucks to high end dining experiences - and I would really appreciate a place to get a Spam breakfast...or is that just way too touristy? ;-) Thanks!

Sep 24, 2010
ksueroy in Hawaii

Any DC Restaurants Serving Beef or Lamb Shank?

That show is like a gateway drug. I have heard the Food Network described as porn for food lovers - and that show definitely fits the bill!

I don't have a specific beef or lamb shank recommendation - but last weekend I had the most amazing pork shank at Rosa Mexicana's at the National Harbor. It was scrumptious! The mixed drinks were great (pricey - but typical DC) and my date's short ribs were equally delicious! ... and of course, if you have been there, you know their tableside guacamole is a must have.

Hope you find what you are looking for ...keep me posted!

Foodee moving to Boston from DC - what can I expect?

MC Slim - can you elaborate on not having anything like Layalina - specifically, what is the middle eastern food scene like in Boston?

I do think the farmer's market scene is going to improve with this move - I wonder, are you a chef as well? If you are - considering the market scene in Boston - what kinds of food to you find yourself preparing?

Jul 01, 2010
ksueroy in Greater Boston Area

Foodee moving to Boston from DC - what can I expect?

Thanks for the intel Dea! I love the Peruvian food recommendation - I am a big fan and have several options here in DC. I also adore the Belgium dining experience - we have a great place here in Brasserie Beck - anything in this genre in Boston?

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Dea
1861 Smith St, North Providence, RI 02911

Jul 01, 2010
ksueroy in Greater Boston Area

Foodee moving to Boston from DC - what can I expect?

I am spending a final summer in DC enjoying the area and all it has to offer. This fall, I am moving back to New England - where I grew up. During my time away, I have nurtured my foodee tendencies and I am curious what I can expect when I get to Boston. While in DC, I have enjoyed the restaurants, diverse markets, and culinary schools that the area offers. I am looking forward to exploring the Boston area, but want to have an idea of what I will find and what I should not miss!

Jul 01, 2010
ksueroy in Greater Boston Area

What's a good place for steak in VA?

Aldo's is a solid place - I had a delivious veal chop there a while back.