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Archive for April, 2015

A Kailua bake shop that’s anything but vanilla

The self-professed “Home of Hawaii’s Best Malassadas,” Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop isn’t sugarcoating anything but these famous fried delicacies when it comes to delivering quality baked goods that more than live up to the moniker. Walk into Agnes’ and everything about its ambiance already sings of sweet goodness. From the dainty tablecloths paired with pretty…

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April 27, 2015

An oasis of ‘meltingly tender’ steaks and more

Waikiki is bustling with a variety of restaurants to satiate your appetite. When choosing the best steakhouse, however, nothing comes close to the sophisticated atmosphere and superior cuisine offered at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener. On the top floor of Royal Hawaiian Center, overlooking ever-busy Kalakaua Avenue, Wolfgang’s is an oasis of flavors. Since 2009,…

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Sea to table, food court-style

Who can resist the aromas of garlic, tender clams and grilled bread slathered with garlic butter? At Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market in the Ala Moana Center food court, Bowl of Fresh Clams with Garlic Bread ($11.95), simmered with diced tomatoes and capers, delivers with over a dozen clams. “It’s one of the few…

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Hung Won and its delicious secrets

The menu at Hung Won Seafood Restaurant is impressive: It’s stocked with nearly 140 items that incorporate beef, seafood, chicken and tofu. Plus, there’s also a selection of rice and noodle dishes that are crucial to any Chinese eatery. If that doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a good reason for that: Hung Won has been around…

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April 27, 2015

Families find it all at Camellia Buffet

Camellia Buffet continues to attract generations of diners as the “thrill of the grill” satiates appetites of any size. The popular establishment has pleased patrons of all ages over the last three decades by serving up quality Korean-influenced cuisine prepared yakiniku style. “If you have a big appetite, you’ll get your money’s worth,” says manager…

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April 27, 2015

The mother of all meals

If you’re still looking for a special spot to take Mom to this Mother’s Day, why not try something a little different than the standard buffets and go for an intimate and handcrafted dining experience? Sakura Terrace on King Street provides just that, and has been doing so since it opened in Novem-ber 2011. The…

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April 27, 2015

IYO-UDON

Cafeteria-style eating may sometimes be thought of as lacking in quality and freshness, but at Ala Moana’s Iyo Udon, the establishment is all about bringing the freshest and most tasty foods to diners daily. Choose from a handful of made-to-order udon options, and travel down the line picking out Japanese-inspired a la carte goodies, like…

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April 27, 2015

A modern spin on Japanese fare

Since opening February 28, Rijo Restaurant at Harbor Court (in the former Palomino space) continues to grow in popularity, especially with the Downtown business crowd during lunch. The spacious restaurant overlooking Honolulu Harbor serves contemporary Japanese cuisine created by chef Yoichi Saito. “It’s more modern. We’re taking Japanese flavors and putting a twist to it,”…

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April 27, 2015

New menu keeps it simple, but delicious

Kenny’s Restaurant at Kamehameha Shopping Center is everything you’d want from a neighborhood diner: an expansive dining room, counter seating, where you can see the cooks at work, and a friendly staff, many of whom have been with the establishment for generations. The Kalihi establishment was opened in 1966 by founders John Fujieki, Kenny Kaneshiro…

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Broke da Mout’ Hawaiian Plates

No matter where in the world life takes me, I’ll always be a local girl at heart. Though I’ve been to many exotic places around the world, Hawaii is my home. The Islands are a very special place, one that’s immersed in the aloha spirit and a culture centered on ohana. And the food? Especially…

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