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October 26, 2014

Delivering the best

Other than its delicious offerings, Romano’s Macaroni Grill also takes extreme pride in offering excellent service to its patrons. “We want to make sure that we take care of our guests, and they come back for more,” says executive chef Nawai Kekoolani. “I have a family, so when we go out to eat, I want…

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October 19, 2014

A fresh, new take on tasty Chinese cuisine

While there is certainly a fair share of Chinese eateries around town, Canton Seafood aims to serve up something a little different. Take Golden Garlic Flounder ($17.99), for example. According to assistant manager Helen He, this is something that you won’t typically find elsewhere. Here’s the deal: The meat from a whole flounder is fried…

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October 12, 2014

Longtime Kalihi diner shines with specials

For nearly 50 years, Kenny’s Restaurant in Kalihi has been a neighborhood hangout with all the markings of a classic diner — it has an expansive dining room, complete with counter seating and the menu is filled with plenty of comfort food, along with local favorites. “There’s a little bit of everything for everybody,” explains…

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October 5, 2014

Artistic, innovative fare defines Kaimuki bistro

While JJ Bistro & French Pastry is widely known for its decadent desserts, stopping there would be remiss. The Kaimuki eatery, which offers a mix of Asian and European fare, also has a full menu showcasing salad, pizza, pasta, pad thai, fish and more. Popular items include Lobster Cheese Ravioli ($14.95), which features ravioli stuffed…

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September 28, 2014

Revised menu unveiled

When the local establishment of the nationally iconic Bob’s Big Boy restaurant was forced to close due to a fire, the employees simply didn’t want to accept it. So, a few of them banded together and have opened a new restaurant with a new name: Bob’s Big Bear Diner. The new eatery, located in Waipahu…

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September 21, 2014

Diving into a Million memorable flavors

Growing up, Kyong Gha Park and her four siblings — three sisters and one brother — were surrounded by their mother’s wonderful home cooking. “It was so tasty, and people always loved it,” Park recalls. They had a big extended family, and for special occasions, everyone would gather at their house for family meals. As…

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September 14, 2014

Zia’s burst of culinary creativity

When creating its Italian cuisine, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe adds a little local flair. “It’s Italian food, but we use fresh, local ingredients,” explains chef Jesse Kila. Much of its produce — including its tomatoes and greens, for example — hail from local farms. The tomatoes come from Hamakua Farms, while the basil is from…

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September 7, 2014

Oh, what a catch!

Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood opened its latest venue in Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court April 1. And this eatery is no stranger to the Islands. You may recognize Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood from its Kapahulu and International Marketplace locations. Now, fans of the establishment can have their old favorites and partake…

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August 31, 2014

Menu variety still rules at Sekiya’s

Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen has been serving up local-style Japanese eats since it opened in 1935. And for the families of many of those original customers, Sekiya’s is still a family favorite. “We’ve got people who have come in for four or five generations,” explains David Morihara, whose grandparents founded the restaurant and who is…

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August 24, 2014

Hung Won wins over diners with new eats

If you haven’t paid a visit to Kaimuki’s Hung Won Seafood Restaurant in recent months, you are missing out on a totally new dining experience. The Chinese eatery is under new ownership, with new flavors to match. Co-owner and general manager Kevin Li, along with his cousin and two uncles, took over Hung Won in…

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