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Revamped Menu Awaits Diners at D&B’s

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Leah Friel
September 16, 2012

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Whether one enjoys shooting hoops, playing Fruit Ninja on the Million Dollar Midway, or simply relaxing as the top college and pro football games play out on large, high-definition televisions, there inevitably comes a time when food takes top priority at Dave & Buster’s.

This iconic cornerstone of Victoria Ward Center, which still serves as Hawaii’s one-stop shop for dining and entertainment, launched its improved menu at the beginning of the summer. While many of the restaurant’s signature steaks, salads and pastas are still on the menu, the food is now presented with a bit more flair.

“The inspiration for our food is to give it a fun appearance, and some ‘pop’ on the table, and make it more appealing to the eye,” says kitchen manager Kevin Parkhurst. “Everything is a little bit bigger on the plate.”

The Pretzel Dogs ($9.99) are an extremely popular addition to the menu, as the meaty all-beef franks are wrapped in sweet pretzel dough, baked fresh and served with a spicy habanero dipping sauce. Another new appetizer on the revamped menu is the 5:15 ($19.99), a hearty pupu platter named for the time of the afternoon when the first customer entered the first Dave & Buster’s establishment. The dish includes five Buffalo Wings with a choice of Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing; five Chicken Quesadilla Wedges with salsa; five Pretzel Dogs; five Crispy Fried Shrimp with spicy habanero sauce; and a hearty stack of fresh barbecue potato chips.

The South Philly Burger ($12.99) definitely answers the question: “Where’s the beef?” This new item includes a half-pound burger, which is seared, seasoned and loaded with thin-sliced steak imported directly from South Philadelphia, then grilled to perfection. The piled-high creation is topped with peppers, onions, mushrooms and melted white American cheese, and served on a toasted brioche bun along with over half-pound of seasoned fries.

On the healthier side, the Lawnmower Salad ($12.49) is layered using fresh romaine and green-leaf lettuces, grilled chicken, diced garden vegetables, boiled eggs, bacon bits, bleu cheese crumbles and a choice of dressing. “We’ve gone to the layers on the Lawnmower Salad, and that’s actually my favorite because I like to eat a little healthier,” says Parkhurst. “It’s a lot; you need to bring your appetite or share it with a friend.”

For dessert, the Hot Sugared Donut Holes ($7.39) steals the show, as diners are treated to a basket of warm, sugar coated plain and chocolate donut holes with raspberry and chocolate dipping sauces.

“We are a place to come and have fun, watch the games on T.V., eat with the kids and enjoy yourself,” says Parkhurst, who has been at the restaurant for a little more than four years, and has seen the establishment and its staff continue to grow. “If you haven’t been to Dave & Buster’s lately, you need to come back and try our food and experience the new feel of our menu items.”

Stop by Dave & Buster’s for the following special events and promotions: Taco Tuesdays on the Sunset Lanai every Tuesday at 5 p.m., and featuring $1 tacos and additional food and drink specials; Happy Hour specials, including half-priced cocktails, $1 off 22-ounce beers and wine by the glass, and available Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to close; and special comedy presentations including the Gregg Hammer Comedy & Dinner Show ($45, Oct. 12 and Nov. 23) and Da Braddah’s Comedy & Dinner Show ($49.99, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30). Also, to book a company holiday party or gathering at Dave & Busters, call special events manager Kendra Murray at 589.5006.

Dave & Buster’s

Victoria Ward Center
1030 Auahi St., Honolulu
589.2215
Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
www.DaveAndBusters.com
Note: Log on to Dave & Buster’s Hawaii Facebook page for more information on promotions and happenings: http://on.fb.me/DandBHonolulu