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Brand New Items Hit the “Grill”

By Ali Resich Photos By Nathalie Walker
February 24, 2013

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For more than 60 years now, Violet’s Grill has been a staple of the Kapalama community and its surrounding areas. Though the restaurant has gone through various stages of ownership, its menu remains an authentic testament to local comfort foods as well as Japanese and Okinawan specialties.

The eatery’s casual interior seems to say diner with a Japanese twist, and its comforting eats, which have drawn in regulars year after year, match that sentiment.

“It’s good home cooking,” says co-owner Cindy Suehisa, whose family has run the eatery since 1998. “Everything’s from scratch.”

With the help of co-owner and sister Joey, Cindy has unveiled a brand new selection of appetizers that are putting a fresh spin on the eatery’s long-adored menu.

Customers can’t go wrong with Mochiko Chicken ($8), a local classic that has been among the most popular of the establishment’s new dishes. It’s golden hint of sweetness is just right — so much so that patrons will most likely be tempted to order more than one plate.

Popcorn Shrimp ($7) also bursts onto the menu, presenting ever-so-crispy pieces of breaded shrimp bites, perfect for popping into your mouth one after the other.

Violet’s variety of Sliders ($6 for three; deluxe sliders feature tomato and onion for an additional charge) serve as fantastic starters as well, and diners may choose from miniature teri burgers, hamburgers or cheeseburgers. According to Joey, these chompable creations were cooked up specifically for Super Bowl celebrations, but scored so many points among patrons that she had to add them to the menu.

All of the grill’s new dishes are available throughout the day and work well as appetizers or sharable additions to any entree. They’re also great for snacking on while enjoying a drink at the restaurant’s full bar, which remains open until 2 a.m. daily.

This slew of starters is not the only update happening at the Dillingham Boulevard dining spot. The entire Kapalama Shopping Center facade and parking lot are getting a makeover as well. The Suehisa sisters assure their loyal customers, though, that Violet’s Grill will be open for business — and good eats — as usual during construction.

Violet’s Grill

Kapalama Shopping Center
1210 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu
Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bar open until 2 a.m.