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Bentonville, AR recommendations

This was our second trip to Bentonville and we enjoyed a couple of really great spots for food that isn't easy to find at home (Hawaii). I can wholeheartedly (maybe not the best choice of words given the artery-clogging nature of some of the dishes!) recommend Wesner's Grill in Rogers. Great biscuits, sausage gravy, grits and hash browns - all made from scratch. A breakfast of eggs, biscuits and gravy, country ham and hash browns can be yours for less than $7 per person. Great way to start the day.

The second recommendation is for The Whole Hog Cafe - while this is an outpost of the original in Little Rock (if I recall correctly) - the ribs, coleslaw and, in particular, the potato salad will not disappoint. It is classic BBQ joint service where you line up to order, take a number and pick up. Cutlery, condiments and drinks are self-serve as well. Regardless, you will enjoy the BBQ and sampling the six different sauces offered on each table. Stick with the ribs or pulled pork, the beef brisket was disappointing.

Oct 11, 2009
Yoshio in Central South

"A mouse douche"

Just a quick comment to add that the Leno airing of "mouse douche" (what a bizarre visual, no??) implied somehow that the restaurant was responsible for the error as he kept mentioning Chef Mavro as he searched for the correct pronunciation. A chef friend who saw it was livid on behalf of Chef Mavro. I realize time constraints on the show. Nonetheless it would have been nice if the guilty party had been identified!

Dec 22, 2008
Yoshio in Food Media & News

Moving to Oahu... Please Help Me Stock The Pantry

If you are like me, you abhor paying retail. You should put Y. Hata on your shopping list. They import many of the cheeses, butters, chocolates, etc. that you see in the expensive shops here. You will also find a nice selection of high-quality soup bases (veal demi glace, etc.), fruit purees and pastry needs. I purchase dried pasta, Euro chocolates and conserves there in addition to the above. I found an interesting selection of Peruvian chili pastes there recently (I believe they had brought them in for Nobu) and Australian spices for just $1 each.

Jul 15, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Xiaolongbao on Oahu...?

FYI - Shanghai Bistro has been closed for a few months now.

Jul 08, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Does Guam have a unique cuisine? (moved from GT)

Guam has some of the best food in the world. The Chamoru people have an open mind when it comes to food and you'll find "un-dumbed down" food from around Asia. The best Thai, Vietnamese, Japanes and Korean food that I've seen outside of those countries. As mentioned in earlier posts, there is a great deal of Spanish influence on the local cuisine, but it has been adapted to a preference for spicy hot. People have mentioned chicken kelaguen, but the beef and shrimp are also excellent. I love the peng nut ayuyu (coconut crab) prepared with coconut and breadfruit (lemai). A link to a variety of recipes - both older and new is here:
http://www.guamdiner.com/recipe/list....

Jun 28, 2008
Yoshio in General Topics

Chef Mavro and Alan Wong

This is slightly off-topic, but I wonder if your meal at CM might have been around the same time the debacle that was Cassis (Mavro's short lived second spot) was coming to a head? Not an excuse of course, but a possible explanation as to why they were not on their usual game. Good to know that all is right with the CM universe once again! Thanks to robinsilver for the report.

Jun 20, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Review: The Hualalai Grille by Alan Wong, Kona

Bill has probably dined at our high end restaurants (on all islands) more than most of us who live here. If you check through his posting history you will find numerous entries ranging from highly detailed reviews, including wine commentary, to brief comments such as the one above. I know when I'm recommending a spot to a friend planning a visit or even one who lives here, I always suggest they check Bill's posts. I would venture to say that Bill is one of the most valued contributors to this forum.

Jun 10, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Dining Around Honolulu

Outstanding report and well worth the wait! I'm passing along the link to certain interested parties who will hopefully benefit from your insightful commentary.

May 27, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Who Makes Good Fish n Chips in Honolulu

Nico's at Pier 38 makes a respectable fish 'n chips using whatever is the suitable fresh catch that day. We had the same dish next door at Uncle's Fish Market but it was not nearly as good - the batter was much too heavy and greasy. Murphy's is good as well as noted by Aleka.

May 15, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

dumplings in oahu?

You should also get a membership ($10) for Marukai markets. They carry a wide selection of primarily Japanese goods, but also many other Asian foods. I buy locally made noodles, local and imported dumplings, etc. for use at home.

May 12, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Best Romantic Dinner for 2 in Honolulu!

I tried to post this below Bill's excellent comments, but my browser is not cooperating. Anyway, a possible explanation for the Bali by the Sea dullness is that they lost their very outstanding young chef (he moved back to the mainland to be closer to family) and budget issues seem to be an ongoing problem. They have a new chef in place, but I cannot recommend Bali (as I usually do) until I get a chance to go see if they are actually putting some money into the program and if the new chef is inspiring the kitchen.

One spot that gets scant attention here is Michel's at the Colony Surf. I've only ever been there for Sunday brunch (highly recommended for view, $5 bloody mary bar and better than adequate brunch fare), but a few of the young chefs I know choose it for romantic dinners on nights off. The fare is not fusion though, it is more classic Continental.

May 12, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Dress Code Oahu and Big Island

I generally agree with the above as far as how locals and some visitors dress for AW and other better dining spots, but everytime I've been to any of these places (except for LM which has a dress code and Bali by the Sea) I've seen visitors and others in shorts, t-shirts and sneakers. Regardless, as TNT points out, you will be welcomed.

Apr 29, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Waikiki sushi--help me remember (or give me a better suggestion)

I second Gaku as well and would also suggest considering Mitch's - it's very close to the airport and they have been known to drive guests to the airport on tight layovers! It definitely qualifies as off-the-beaten path. A review which still holds true as I was just there a week or so ago: http://hawaiidiner.com/reviews/review...

Apr 22, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Dress Code Oahu and Big Island

The only one where you might have a problem is La Mer, which I don't recommend in any case. Though there are staunch defenders of their cuisine here, I'm not one of them.

Apr 16, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

drinks at fire pit? [oahu]

Try Du Vin on Bethel Street - it's across the park from Indigo going Diamond Head. I think you'll find the ambiance and pricing very attractive.

Apr 09, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

puka dog

Many of us were disappointed that they featured Puka Dogs on the show, they are not exactly representative of local cuisine. For a local take on the entire episode, you have to check this link: http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthre... scroll down to post #41 to start

Mar 15, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

your Favorite Sushi place in Honolulu...

To be fair, the link above was to the Ilima awards which are voted on by the public with the reviewers throwing in their recommendations. If you refer to the weekly reviews (not the Dining Out ad section) written by a tiny handful of people for the HA, I would not generally agree with you. On the other hand, the SB food critic accuses everyone (but herself) of doing just that, so you have some company

Mar 15, 2008
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your Favorite Sushi place in Honolulu...

The only place i go for sushi is Mitch's. Qualifies as a hole-in-the-wall but you won't find a better chef or fresher fish and seafood as witnessed by the droves of Japanese nationals who frequent this tiny spot. 13 seats in all, best to visit during the mid-afternoon.
http://hawaiidiner.com/restaurants/re...

Mar 11, 2008
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Honolulu - Where to find Yuzu Koshou?

Or join yourself, it's only $10.

Mar 04, 2008
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chocolate on Oahu?

Anyone can walk in and shop. Like I said, it's hit or miss on what might be there, but I rely on them for gourmet cheeses, refrigerated restaurant-quality beef & veal stocks (don't have time or enough money to pay the power bill to cook/roast bones for hours unfortunately), pasta and European butters salted and unsalted. I always find something different on each visit.

Feb 18, 2008
Yoshio in U.S. Elsewhere Archive

Kamado BBQ Help Please

Lucky you! The website for the product you describe is www.kamado.com.

Feb 17, 2008
Yoshio in Cookware

chocolate on Oahu?

You can also check the restaurant supply house Y. Hata on Sand Island Rd. The only problem is that while the selection can be exquisite (primarily European), it's not exactly reliable and you never know exactly what you'll find.

Feb 14, 2008
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Hawaii Dim Sum and Noodle Recs......Help, Please!

I look forward to your report! I'm hoping to get there next week as well and do my own comparison with Mandarin.

Feb 10, 2008
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Hawaii Dim Sum and Noodle Recs......Help, Please!

EP is essentially at the corner of King and Keeamoku. You have the actual street address correct.

Feb 10, 2008
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Oahu: Roy's or BluWater Grill?

In my opinion, the food at Roy's is much better. BluWater's food is uneven - one dish good, two dishes bad, etc. whereas Roy's is consistently at a higher level in quality of ingredients and execution.

Feb 06, 2008
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Best hole-in-the-wall (Honolulu)

Thanks, nonbei for the comparison. I'm surprised to hear that ownership changed as Mr. Liu (who opened the restaurant many years ago) has been in the restaurant each time I've been at Mandarin. The last time I was there was maybe three months ago. I will definitely try Eastern Paradise.

Feb 01, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Best hole-in-the-wall (Honolulu)

Try the Mandarin Cafe for Korean-style Chinese. Here's a review: http://hawaiidiner.com/reviews/review...
The owner is Chinese but raised in Korea. Heed the information in the review regarding which menu to order from to avoid disappointment. The weak point at this spot is the kim chee is rather lame, but then it is suppposed to be Chinese...

Jan 30, 2008
Yoshio in Hawaii

Hank's Haute Dogs - New Hours!

Sorry, sometimes we forget this is "Elsewhere in America" and there are often new visitors to this forum who haven't been following along. Hank's is in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jan 25, 2008
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Little Village Noodle House: Oahu's best Chinese?

You'll need to get there by Feb. 3 as the restaurant is closing its doors after dinner service that night. It's the end of an era at HHV.

Jan 21, 2008
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Oahu - Help Me Finish My Itinerary

I would second both of torta's recommendations. I have heard excellent reports on 3660 just recently from three different (and unrelated) people. Mitch's is a favorite of mine though I usually just stop in for a "snack" of whatever is fresh.

Jan 09, 2008
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