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February 19, 2017

Try this rich pork-based broth

When the weather is cold and stormy the way it has been lately, ramen is the dish that always hits the spot. Hot, steamy noodles steeped in a hearty broth made of pork bones simmered for 16 hours is exactly what you need, and you’ll find them at Junpuu on South King Street. “For most…

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February 19, 2017

Go For Comfort

Downtown Honolulu has become the spot for up-and-coming restaurants, boasting edgy dishes and daring food concepts. Still, there are times, especially during the long workweek, when you just want something simple to eat — something comforting. And no one does comfort food quite like L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. With countless locations statewide (including a downtown location…

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February 19, 2017

Plenty To Go Around

Pay a visit to Makino Chaya on any given day and you’ll see hungry diners making their rounds to and from the eatery’s beloved buffet line. Families especially love to come Monday through Thursday for the Early Bird Special from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., when they pay $23.98 (regular dinner price is $33.98) for a…

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February 19, 2017

Curry enthusiasts are in for a tasty treat

When you’re craving curry, Noi Thai Cuisine provides the perfect oasis in which to enjoy them. According to PR and marketing director Mona Wood-Sword, the upscale Thai eatery has a variety of delicious curries — ranging from mild to spicy — that are sure to please. “From a rich Bangkok-style red curry to a green…

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February 19, 2017

Specializing in kalua-pig bites

Even on a rainy Kailua day, crowds flock to Kono’s. The beloved restaurant, known for its game-changing 12-hour slow-roasted kalua pig, opened its newest location in Kailua Jan. 1 and surely is making waves. Kono, the famous surfing pig from the North Shore, is what inspired the name behind the kalua-pork haven. The eatery’s first…

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Chinese Fave ‘Cleanses, Purifies’

For the past 16 years, Happy Days Seafood Restaurant has been bringing smiles to those craving tasty and affordable Hong Kong-style Chinese cuisine. The casual, family-friendly restaurant offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu with 249 items, plus dim sum (available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily). Choose from a variety of traditional soups, seafood…

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Can’t Beat The Classics

Oahu’s budding restaurant scene offers so many exciting flavors to try, but if it’s comfort you’re looking for, there’s nothing quite like sticking to what you know and love and dining on some old-school flavors that never go out of style. I was reminded of this recently when I had a friend visiting from the…

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February 12, 2017

Leading The Way In Sizzling Nabe

It’s no secret that hot pot is still trending, because who wouldn’t want to fill up on simmering bites of freshly cut meat, generous helpings of vegetables and umami-filled broths? And while there are many hot pot places set up around the island, it’s no contest that Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant is leading the pack….

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When Nachos Feel Like New

We all fall victim to monotony at times, resorting to those same old habits as we make our way through the weekly grind. Unfortunately our dining routines often end up in this category as well, which is why I am constantly on the search for exciting ways to switch up the classic flavors we always…

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February 12, 2017

Falling in love with soon-to-debut dishes

Did you make Valentine’s Day plans yet? If not, Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38 will save the day. The eatery offers an impeccable menu, great views and reasonable prices, making it the perfect spot to celebrate love. Harbor Restaurant also does not charge a corkage fee, so diners are welcome to bring a bottle of…

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