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Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Yes, I did once too. I even got one for the kids..a $6 strawberry smoothie in a $9 pineapple= priceless joy

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

You will have a great time, I am still suffering from post vacation depression and withdrawals from daily fruity/girly/island cocktails.

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Oh and for maximum relaxation with a cocktail in hand (add $9 to have it in a pineapple) get one of the lounge chairs that faces the beach instead of the pool. See the difference in the two views!!

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

haha, we came from So CA too. Happy hour at Monkey Pod!!!! Great drinks for $8 and good apps and pizza. Aulani has a downstairs bar where they had music at night, good drinks there too and specials on pupus. I think a walk to Longboards at lagoon 3 is worth it for the frozen Mai Tai, i was skeptical but that baby was orgasmic in the middle of the day.

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

I would def suggest a walk to Roy's and Monkeypod. A burger at the poolside lounge at the Aulani was $18 and came covered in onion rings and BBQ sauce. At Monkeypod for $14 you get this amazing flavorful saimin, local veggies, local family made noodles. An entire prix fixe dinner at Roy's was $45.. appetizer, entree and dessert.

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

No! it was not good, you can read all the Tripadvisor reviews too and the reviews on this board. We did not try Ama Ama but everything else was mediocre. BUT BUT BUT everything else was fantastic, it was fun, gorgeous, great cocktails, great rooms, service etc. Typical Disney, they do everything well except the food..in general. There are so so many other options around the island that it is worth getting out. I was expecting it so we planned accordingly. Just a quick walk across the street you have several options. You will have a great time! One of the poolside shacks had good coconut shrimp, the poolside menu had the typical dry burger, bland chicken fingers, some salads. It does not matter, you are in paradise and it will taste better.

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

Thank you! There is a fine line between over prepping for a trip and being informed. I have 2 small kids and when they are hungry, they ARE hungry. Goal was to know where the good stuff is and to avoid fast food. This board is awesome. I also knew we would be in a limited resort area and would have to venture out. We stayed in a condo and at the Aulani so I also wanted to avoid cooking at home and eating the Aulani food that I read so much about. Happy to report all the reviews are true and I included a food review in my post Disney stay survey.

Jun 25, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

I think we tried it. Got a box filled with pastries, one of each. They were all really good, even the leftovers then next day.

Jun 24, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

I adored Zippy's. Wish I tried the Korean chicken and the chili and rice. I wanted to go back for a 3rd time but we decided on Daichi ramen. It was nice comfort food, nothing fancy but superior to hotel breakfast. We did the character breakfast at the Aulani once, it was $100 for 2 adults and 2 kids and the food was so so so sad, except the island fried rice.

Jun 24, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

One last comment, we did North Shore to Turtle bay one day. Next day we drove through Pali highway to lookout and came down into Kailua, then went to Lanikai beach. That was the beach highlight of the trip. Afterwards we drove by Hanauma bay.
Kailua General store had fantastic shave ice with some house made delicious syrups. Lunch at Uahi Island Grill was very reasonable and excellent. Fried lemon grass shrimp and garlic chicken...yuuuuummmy

Jun 24, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

We did go to North shore but did not eat at one of the shrimp trucks. Instead we went to Breaker's (found parking, did not know anything about it). I had a delicious garlic shrimp plate with mac salad and rice. And their poke was really really good, a nice version with the sea asparagus. Good food and the soccer game to watch. The line at matsumoto's was soooooo long in the middle of the day, husband said NO f'ing way. It is worth stopping on the way to North Shore at the Dole Pineapple Plantation for a Dole Whip. tourist mecca but the frozen treat was good.

Jun 24, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Good Cheap eats on west side of Oahu

We just got back from Ko Olina this weekend. Kapolei will be your friend. we had 2 kids with us.
1. Thai Lao was really fantastic. Loved the beef larb and the evil jungle curry. Drunken noodles with beef were super tasty. Bring your own beer or buy it at the gas station next door. He encouraged us to do so and brought cold beer glasses. A cold Kirin and spicy Thai food was heaven
2. Zippy's...we went twice for breakfast. I can describe it as a hawaiian Denny's. We really liked it. Chicken and waffles (LOVE), wonton saimin, eggs with rice and Portuguese sausage, moco loco. Great donuts at the Napoleon bakery located in the front of Zippy's. Quite busy with locals in the morning and the donuts sell fast. Very reasonable!!
3. Foodland has nice basics and the poke counter was tasty and $11.99/lb but previously frozen. Regardless the spicy poke was really good
4. Costco has great items including poke. We went there the first morning to get some essentials. Delicious pineapple and great fruit selection.
5. Daichi Ramen next to Foodland was OK and very well priced. Free gyoza with ramen before 5. It was $40 for 4 of us
4. 10 min away in Waipahu you have the Leonard's Mobile Malasada Truck...YAYYYYYY and the Montain Magic Shave ice. Both are excellent!!!!! We went twice for Leonards. I cannot emphasize enough how good a warm malasada can be.
5. Pizza corner across from hotel was surprisingly very good (we were really hungry). $30 for pizza (meat and veggie special) and garlic knots
6. Monkeypod for happy hour 3-5. Pizza's are discounted and the cocktails are $8 vs 12.50. 1/2 off appetizers, excluding the poke. I loved Merriman's version of saimin there ($14 and very very filling). The Mai Tai there is potent! Dinner is packed so make a reservation, they have music outside on patio.
7. The Island Market across the street (fancy ABC store) had yummy Spam Musubi and other basics..close to hotel but more expensive.
8. Everything at Aulani is crap, maybe go for an evening drink and listen to music...avoid the food at all costs.
9. We did go to Roy's and had a fabulous meal.. They do have a $45 prix fixe meal. I had the miso butterfish and it was delicious.
10. Sunset drinks at House without a key was a lovely experience, traffic coming back was crappy because H1 was closed at 8 pm.

Walk over to Lagoon 2 and it will be a much calmer and more relaxing.
Lagoon 3 has Longboards at the Marriott Beach club. Food was OK but cannot beat walking from the sand to lunch and having a great frozen Mai Tai.

Jun 24, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Your suggestion for one special dinner

Just looked at the Vintage Cave based on a previous post.. WOW. However I know that my husband could not handle all the courses, not because of restrictions, but he is a light eater.

Jun 02, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

top fine dining restaurant on Oahu as of May 2014

please report back. I too am looking for a nice anniversary dinner in 2 weeks.

Jun 02, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

Your suggestion for one special dinner

We will be in Oahu in 2 weeks and we would like to have one really nice dinner. We are staying Ko' Olina and are willing to drive, coming from So.CA and we are used to traffic. This is our belated wedding anniversary dinner. Husband's number 1 request is a great seared foie gras preparation. My research has narrowed down to Alan Wong, Chef Mavro, La Mer. Any other new and fabulous suggestions??? I am drooling looking at all the menus...

Jun 02, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

From DC to Oahu for a week : June 12-18th

We will be there at the same time and House without a key is def on my list!
Malasadas at Leonards and Ono seafood.

May 08, 2014
Ela0427 in Hawaii

What grocery store has FRESH organic pasta?

My grandma used to roll the sheets out on a table and hand cut everything. I have not attempted that. But once you make it, no other brand is good so it is a worthwhile investment. A fun project too

Apr 24, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

What grocery store has FRESH organic pasta?

I have the hand cranked one, you can get at Bed Bath with the coupon. I make fettuccine mostly.

Apr 24, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

2014-- NYer visiting for first time. What are must trys ???

Kaito sushi or Sushi Ota. Where are you staying? San Diego is a big area

Apr 24, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

2014-- NYer visiting for first time. What are must trys ???

In-n-out double double animal style with animal fries. Not on the menu but on the "in-n-out secret" menu.
any taco joint California burrito or carne asada fries.

Apr 24, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

What grocery store has FRESH organic pasta?

The best fresh pasta is now coming out of my own kitchen Once you get a handle on how the dough should feel and get used to the Imperia or Atlas roller it becomes really easy and so so worth the effort. Let it dry and then you can store for a while or even freeze.

Apr 24, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

haha..I grew up with cow brain "pane". Slices that were dredged in flour and bread crumbs, pan fried and served with lemon slices. I honestly think that most people would not be able to tell the difference from a med/soft pan fried tofu and would think..mmm this is creamy and the best tofu EVER!!

Apr 16, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Gasp...I am a Virgo too :). A

Apr 16, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Thank you, great ideas.. Must be why La Valencia is all booked. Palm desert will have Coachella that weekend, so that is all booked. Will give this place a try and report back.

Apr 16, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Thank you very much!! I appreciate the feedback! Will report back. Like I told my husband I do not need a reinvented wheel but would love a really good wheel. Sadly a French place without a foie dish seems underdressed. :(

Apr 15, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Yes, he wants to have a cigar and was concerned it may be frowned upon at RSF inn, so we shall stay DT and he will pollute the air there.

Apr 15, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Thank you all so much, husband researched the menus and made the res at Mr. A's. Will report back in a couple of weeks on this San Diego "institution".

Apr 15, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Solana Beach/Del Mar Eats

Blue ribbon, Blue Ribbon, Blue ribbon !! Not claiming to be Neapolitan like pizza but it is fantastic. "staff favorite" is one of our favorites.
I would suggest the Leucadia farmers' market!!
And we love Beach Grass Cafe

Apr 15, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Thank you littlestevie, that is a great idea too.

Apr 15, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego

Mr. A's

Thank you so much. We are in our early and late 40's so we are in the perfect age bracket!! I think I am looking for a good solid dining experience, does not have to be innovative, just tasty.
My other suggestions to the spousal unit was a repeat dinner at Addison.
Cowboy Star
Tbl3

Wherever we end up, I want to either walk or take a cab from hotel. Enjoying a kid-free night

Apr 15, 2014
Ela0427 in San Diego