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HAWAIIAN

(see Hawaiian Food Glossary)
Hawaiian Cuisine Types
  • Hawaii Regional Cuisine:   Local food beautifully presented by professional chefs using the freshest Hawaiian ingredients.
  • Local Kine Grinds:   An ethnic mix of local-style comfort food.
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AIEA BOWL DRIVE INN & COFFEE SHOP
Aiea Shopping Center
99-115 Aiea Heights Drive
Aiea, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 488-6854
Featuring tasty chicken and fried noodles. (BLD $)

ALOHA TOWER BAR-B-QUE
Aloha Tower Marketplace
1 Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Honolulu / Downtown Area)
Tel. (808) 545-8035
Favorite Korean and local-style foods. (BLD $)

AMY'S BY THE GREEN
56-485 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 293-8896
Local style sandwiches and plate lunches. (BL $)

BIG KAHUNA
833 Puuloa Road
Honolulu, HI 96819
(Honolulu / Airport Area)
Tel. (808) 833-5588
A local favorite. Mammoth whole bread loaf sandwiches. Pizzas. Famous garlic cheese balls. (LD $)

BRIAN'S GRINDS
1637 Republican Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 842-7814
Offering a variety of menu items - a vegetarian loco moco for breakfast or gourmet plate lunches. (BL $)

CAFE HALEIWA
66-460 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(North Shore Oahu)
Tel. (808) 637-5516
Best breakfast contender - popular with surfers. (BL $)

CAPUCCINO'S CAFE
Waikiki Joy Hotel
320 Lewers
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 924-1530
A mix of Japanese and American food including bentos and fried rice! (LD $$)

DIAMOND HEAD MARKET & GRILL
3158 Monsarrat Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 732-0077
A take out spot that is a little bit of everything: a plate lunch grill, a gourmet deli, an espresso bar and a specialty food store. (BLD $)

DON HO'S ISLAND GRILL
Aloha Tower Marketplace
1 Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Honolulu / Downtown Area)
Tel. (808) 528-0807
Featuring local, multi-ethnic fare. (LD $$)

DOT'S IN WAHIAWA
130 Mango
Wahiawa, HI 96786
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 622-4115
Japanese and American food with local flavors including Loco Moco! Their pies have locals from around the Island returning again and again. (BLD $)

EASTSIDE GRILL
Puck's Alley
1035 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Moiliili Area)
Tel. (808) 952-6555
Sizzling platters - extensive pupus. (LD $)

GOTCHA DRIVE INN
98-025 Hekaha Street
Aiea, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 485-1940
More than 75 breakfast, lunch and dinner items available - not for the faint of stomach. Incredible mixed plates - talk about a mouthful! (BLD $)

GRACE'S INN
2919 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Makiki Area)
Tel. (808) 732-0041 (3 locations)
Great plate lunches - ono Chicken Katsu. (BLD $)

HAILI'S HAWAIIAN FOODS
Ward Farmers Market
1020 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 593-8019
In business since the 1950's, providing everything for a personal feast or massive luau. Plate lunches and poke, fish and taro products - even a whole roast suckling pig. (BLD $)

HELENA'S HAWAIIAN FOOD
1240 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 845-8044
This almost 60 year-old institution has received the James Beard Foundation's Regional Classic Restaurant Award - often referred to as the Oscar of the food world. Serving quality food that reflects the history and character of Hawaii - everything from laulau to lomilomi salmon. (BLD $)

HIGHWAY INN
94-226 Leoku
Waipahu, HI 96797
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 677-4345
One of the largest Hawaiian restaurants in the state. Second oldest, established in 1947. Fish market with great poke. (BLD $)

HUKILAU CAFE
55-662 Wahinepee
Laie, HI 96762
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 293-8616
Serving legendary breakfasts. Great plate lunches. Try the Hukilau Burger - hamburger patty, teri beef, fried egg, grilled onions, cheese, lettuce and tomato on a sesame seed bun - outrageous! (BL $)

HUNGRY LION
1613 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
Tel. (808) 536-1188
A local institution - dine under the descendants of the first two Chinese banyan trees brought to Hawaii. Breakfast 24 hours. Plate lunches - superbowls. (BLD $)

I LOVE COUNTRY CAFE
451 Piikoi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 596-8108 (3 locations)
Sandwiches 'n stuff. (LD $)

ISLAND MANAPUA FACTORY
Manoa Marketplace
2752 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
(Honolulu / Manoa Area)
Tel. (808) 988-5441 (2 locations)
One of da best for local grinds. Delicious manapua (stuffed steamed buns). (BLD $)

ISLAND MIXED PLATE
Windward Mall
46-056 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 247-2888
Local island-style food. (LD $)

ISLANDER DRIVE INN
Salt Lake Shopping Center
935 California Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 621-8881
All the Hawaiian classics - from beef stew to lau lau - break da mouth! (LD $)

JURISON'S INN
Waikele Shopping Center
94-799 Lumiaina Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 676-1171
Fresh - delicious - affordable local food. (BLD $)

KAKAAKO KITCHEN
Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 596-7488
Plate lunch (breakfast, dinner) with a difference: more flavorful and sophisticated, more variation in entrees, more healthful options, realistic portion sizes. 2002 Ilima Award. 2004 Hale Aina Award. (BLD $)

KALIHI BAR-B-Q DRIVE INN
2011 N. School Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 847-3398
A local-style place with great burgers, stir-fry dishes, plate lunches, noodles, bentos, sandwiches. (LD $)

KAPAHULU POI SHOP
3110 Winam Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Waialae Area)
Tel. (808) 737-8014
Hawaiian food made the old-fashioned way. Combination plates of pork or chicken, comforting bowls of squid luau. (L $)

KAPIOLANI COFFEE SHOP
1520 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 845-3687
Located inside Kam Bowling Alley! One of the best ox-tail soups on Oahu! (LD $)

KAREN'S KITCHEN
614 Cooke Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Honolulu / Downtown Area)
Tel. (808) 597-8195
Home cooked local grinds. (BLD $)

KING STREET CAFE
1380 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 942-9990
Focus on local, homemade comfort food. Great fried chicken and ribs. Bar food as entertainment. (BLD $)

KIT N' KITCHEN
Varsity Center
1010 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Manoa Area)
Tel. (808) 942-7622
Creative local-style pasta and seafood dishes. Break your mouth red wine oxtail stew. (LD $)

L & L DRIVE-INN
2320 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 951-8333 (30 locations)
Great plate lunches. 2004 & 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

LIKE LIKE DRIVE INN
745 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 941-2515
A family-style restaurant that is a local favorite. Open 24 hours. (BLD $)

LOCO MOCO DRIVE INN
Town Center of Mililani
Mililani, HI 96789
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 625-8778 (5 locations)
Local plate lunches and other grinds. (BLD $)

MAKAI MARKET FOOD COURT
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 955-9517
Twenty-one restaurants in one spacious location - wonderful ethnic foods that reflect the diversity of the Hawaiian islands. (BLD $)

MALIKOO BAR AND GRILL
53-146 Kamehameha Hwy
Punaluu, HI 96717
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 237-8474
A funky roadhouse miles from anywhere serving great local shrimp plates. (LD $)

MASA & JOYCE
45-582 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 235-6129
A local style deli - poke, pupus, Japanese and Hawaiian kau kau. (BLD $)

MILILANI GOLF CLUB RESTAURANT
95-176 Kuahelani Avenue
Mililani, HI 96789
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 625-2256
Home of the Hawaiian Steak and other marinated meats. Fresh sandwiches, poke made fresh to order. (BLD $)

MILILANI RESTAURANT
95221 Kepapa Drive
Mililani, HI 96789
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 625-2000
Famous for their fried Saimin - a local favorite. (LD $)

NORTH SHORE GRINDZ
1429 10th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 732-7775
All the local favorites - from katsu to mahi. (LD $)

OLD SAIMIN HOUSE
1311 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
Tel. (808) 842-7697
Casual noodle shop - Saimin - Wun Tun - Udon. (LD $)

ONO HAWAIIAN FOODS
726 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Kapahulu Area)
Tel. (808) 737-2275
One of Oahu's best! Onolicious local grinds - laulau, kalua pig, lomilomi salmon. 2002 & 2003 Ilima Award; 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $)

ONO LOA HAWAIIAN FOODS
48-140 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 239-2863
Serving Hawaiian plate lunches that are every bit as good as they ought to be. (BL $)

PALACE SAIMIN STAND
1256 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Kapalama Area)
Tel. (808) 841-9983
If you are in the mood for saimin! (LD $)

PALISADES DRIVE INN
130 Kailua Road
Kailua, HI 96734
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 261-8828 (2 locations)
Focuses on local comfort grinds - catering to local palates with fried noodles and chicken. Offering a wide range of catering menus. (LD $)

PAVILION CAFE
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
86-260 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI 96792
(Leeward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 696-1489
Home of Dr. Terry Shintani's famous Waianae Diet. Breakfast menu: cappuccino, latte, coffee bar, herbal tea, bento, season fruits and cereal. Luncheon menu: Waianae Diet, sandwiches, salads, fruits, coffee bar, fresh brewed iced tea and snacks. (BL $)

PEOPLE'S CAFE
1310 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Honolulu / Kakaako Area)
Tel. (808) 536-5789
Hawaiian combination plates. Squid luau is their signature dish - a taste of the tropics. Locals feel like the restaurant is their kitchen! (LD $)

PIPELINE CAFE
805 Pohukaina Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(Honolulu / Downtown Area)
Tel. (808) 598-1999
A good place to grab ono late-night food. Great blackened ahi, New York steak pupu style, spicy chicken wings. (D $)

PINKY'S PUPU BAR & GRILL
970 North Kalaheo Avenue
Kailua, HI 96734
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 254-6255
Think pink! Mingle with the locals. Enjoy their extensive list of pupus and huge mixed ohana (family) platters. Generous portions of kalbi ribs, fresh fish tacos, beer can chicken and Hawaiian food plates. (D $$)

POKE STOP
94-050 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, HI 96797
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 676-8100
Top chef prepares gourmet sandwiches and plate lunches. (BLD $)

PONGO'S KITCHEN
414D Mokauea Street
Honolulu, Hi 96819
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 845-6008
Great food at a reasonable price. Plate lunch specialties include sesame chicken, sticky guava chicken. (BL $)

RAINBOW DRIVE-IN
3308 Kanaina Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Kapahulu Area)
Tel. (808) 737-0177
Every time locals get back to Hawaii, they head straight to Rainbows for pork cutlet, two scoops rice, one scoop mac salad. Also serve great breakfasts. (BLD $)

REGAL DINER
1960 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 941-3883
All the favorite local grinds plus garlic shrimp. (BLD $)

SAMIRA'S COUNTRY MARKET
1423 10th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 734-8317
A tiny three-table "country market" with a Cordon Blue-trained chef serving food that defies culinary boundaries, borrowing from French, Italian and local flavors. (LD $$)

SHIGE'S SAIMIN STAND
70 Kukui Street
Wahiawa, HI 96786
(Central Oahu)
Tel. (808) 621-3621
Specialties include saimin made daily with fresh noodles plus won-ton mein afloat with pork-filled dumplings. (LD $)

SHIRO'S SAIMIN HAVEN
Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Highway
Honolulu, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 488-4834 (5 locations)
61 varieties of Saimin! (BLD $)

SIDE STREET INN
1225 Hopaka
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 591-0253
Great local grinds and pupus - "Broke the mouth" pork chops! (LD $)

SUGOI
1286 Kalani Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Kapalama Area)
Tel. (808) 841-7984
Awesome garlic chicken! (BL $)

TANABE SUPERETTE
934 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Makiki Area)
Tel. (808) 949-8301
Serving Hawaii's favorite Spam Musubi since 1990 (over 19 varieties). Rated the Best of the Best by the Honolulu Advertiser. (BL $)

TAPIOCA EXPRESS
1726 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 944-1077
A Boba (Tapioca Drink Shop) serving a good variety of local food plates plus over 100 different drinks. (BLD $)

THE FOOD COMPANY
1020 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (8080 262-6440
Local break da mouth food. Specialty - Mochico Chicken. (BLD $)

THE SHACK
377 Keahole Street
Honolulu, Hi 96825
(Honolulu / Hawaii Kai Area)
Tel. (808) 396-1919
A wooden shack that serves fantastic burgers and cold beer right on the water. (LD $)

TROPICS DINER
1020 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 597-8429
Specializing in Hawaiian plates and hamburger steak. (BL $)

VICTORIA INN
1120 12th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 735-1782
A haven for neighborhood regulars. Hawaiian and several Japanese teishoku plates plus grilled ahi steak. (BLD $)

WALLY HO'S GARAGE & GRILL
98-380 Kamehameha Highway
Aiea, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 488-2220
One of the few shops where your car is fixed while you eat. Serving healthy food, on a higher level than the average plate lunch staples. Menu also includes rack of lamb, prime rib and lasagna. (BL $$)

WINDWARD POI BOWL
45-1117 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 236-2695
Great combination plates - try the lau lau - kalua pig - outstanding. (LD $)

YAMA'S FISH MARKET
2332 Young Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Moiliili Area)
Tel. (808) 941-9994
A world of ono grinds - fresh poke, 30-plus Hawaiian plate combinations, bentos, assorted sweets and desserts to broke da mouth. (BLD $)

YOU HUNGRY
1695 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 949-8707
Local-style food across from the new Convention Center. Breakfast served all day long. (BLD $)

YOUNG'S FISH MARKET
City Square Shopping Center
1286 Kalani Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
Tel. (808) 841-4885
Known as the "lau lau place" - they prepare a thousand lau laus a day - fish, pork, chicken and vegetable. Hawaiian plates, turkey tails and wild salmon collars. (BL $)

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