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AMERICAN
(see also Other Oahu Restaurants)

The restaurants listed under this category have received prestigious annual awards and critical recognition from various sources, among them:
  • 'Ilima Award: Presented by the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper based on a People's Choice ballot.
  • Hale 'Aina Award: Presented by the Honolulu Magazine based on subscriber balloting.

ANNA MILLER'S
Pearlridge Center Uptown
98-115 Kaonohi
Aiea, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 487-2421
Open 24 hours, 365 days. Famous homemade pies and American food. 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006 Ilima Award . (BLD $)

BIG CITY DINER
3569 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 738-8855 (3 locations)
Indulge in nostalgia - revisit the '50's at this funky formica palace. Large helpings of great food - primarily American but you can get everything from Fried Rice to Portuguese Sausage. 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 Ilima Award. (BLD $)

CHEESECAKE FACTORY
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
2301 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 924-5001
Truly something for everyone! Eclectic menu with more than 200 selections plus 50 delicious cheesecakes and desserts. Sunday brunch. 2004 & 2006 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

DAVE & BUSTER'S
Victoria Ward Centers
1030 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 589-2215
An eclectic menu including steaks, chicken, pasta, ribs, burgers, sandwiches. Like being inside a video game - lights, sound, lots-of-folks. 2002 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

DIXIE GRILL BAR-B-QUE AND CRAB SHACK
404 Ward Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 596-8359 (2 Locations)
Bar-B-Que and Crab Shack featuring slow smoked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, King Crab salads, sandwiches and more - in a fun and friendly atmosphere. 2003 & 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

LUCY'S GRILL AND BAR
33 Aulike Street
Kailua, HI 96734
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 230-8188
Extraordinary Sunday brunch - offerings include seafood omelets, rib-eye steak and eggs, Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles. Pamper yourself! 2004 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

RUBY TUESDAY
Mililani Town Center
95-1249 Meheula Parkway
Mililani, HI 96789
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 623-4949
A food factory with heavy knickknack decor. Substantial menu includes pasta plates, chicken, ribs, fajitas, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, salads and various wraps. 2004 Ilima Award. (BLD $$)

TEDDY'S BIGGER BURGERS
Waikiki Grand Hotel
134 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 735-9411 (3 locations)
The menu is all about burgers - they start out big and get bigger. 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

TOWN
3435 Waialae Avenue, No. 103
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 735-5900
An unpretentious neighborhood American bistro serving down-to-earth dishes that have a simple, dreamy, fragrant quality. 2007 Hale Aina Award. (BLD $$)

12TH AVENUE GRILL
1145C 12th Avenue
Kaimuki, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 732-9469
A simple neighborhood cafe-type place - serving retro-Americana food of the 50's and 60's. Kim chee steak is their signature dish and their baked macaroni and cheese is addictive. The desserts are moan-inducing. 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

WAILANA COFFEE HOUSE
1860 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 955-1764
A beloved 24-hour restaurant offering the complete diner spread with local-style touches. 2002 & 2003 Ilima Award. (BLD $)

ZIPPY'S
1765 South King
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Island of Oahu)
Tel. (808) 973-0880 (20+ Locations)
Hawaii's "Restaurant of Choice". When local people think of food, Zippy's comes to mind instantly. They sell over 110 tons of their original recipe Chili every month! 20+ locations - many open 24 hours. 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2006 Ilima Award. (BLD $)

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