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July 26, 2015

Three courses of true Italian flavor

Experience a taste of Italy in the heart of Waikiki at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar. Conveniently located on the first floor of Royal Hawaiian Center, Il Lupino has become a favorite for visitors and locals seeking authentic Italian cuisine. Created by famed restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and his son Peter Zwiener, the restaurant was…

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July 19, 2015

Award-winning menu continues to gain recognition

Named one of the hottest restaurants in Hawaii by Zagat, Chef Chai offers exquisite Asian fusion cuisine in an elegant, modern and contemporary setting. From the stylish interior and exterior designs to the quality food and service, owner and chef Chai Chaowasaree tends to every detail of his restaurant, assuring a truly exceptional dining experience…

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Cooling off with cold noodle creations, more

It sure has been a hot summer so far. One way to beat the heat is with cool, refreshing dishes, such as Golden Cold Noodle ($6.50) at Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown (which, thankfully, also has air conditioning). Inspired by the season’s sweltering weather, this new dish was created by manager Gary Lam and…

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July 5, 2015

A deep-sea world of magnificent flavors

Since opening in 1979, Oceanarium Restaurant in Pacific Beach Hotel has served nearly 15 million pounds of crab legs and serviced 535 million guests, according to general manager Franklin Nagamine. But it’s not just the tasty crustaceans that make this iconic Waikiki restaurant so popular. From the incredible wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling aquarium inside, to its flavorful…

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June 28, 2015

Enjoying plate lunch for less than a dollar

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is again offering its 76-cent plate lunch promotion June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at its Keeaumoku location (inside Walmart). This is L&L’s 10th year doing this, which is a way for them to give back to the community, as all of the proceeds from this event will be donated to…

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June 21, 2015

Offering all you can imagine in an all-you-can-eat buffet

Since opening in 2005, Makino Chaya in Aiea continues to be a local favorite for its all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring an endless selection of tasty Japanese and American foods, seafood and local dishes. Among the most popular items are, of course, steamed Snow Crab (available during dinner and weekend lunch), Shrimp Tempura and Miso Butterfish. There…

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June 14, 2015

The ‘Place’ to go if you’re craving gourmet comfort food

If you’re looking for A Place To Eat, well, go to 1035 University Ave. in Puck’s Alley. Yes, you’ll find food there, but it’s also the actual name of the restaurant. A Place To Eat was opened in August 2012 by chef, owner and dishwasher Willu “Wil” Diaz, and serves a variety of plate lunches…

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June 7, 2015

New buffet spot draws in crowds

Crab House Makino has opened in Waikiki, offering an endless assortment of all-you-can-eat buffet favorites, including crab and prime rib. There are about 15 food items for lunch and more than 20 for dinner, including a sushi bar, poke bar, noodle bar and tempura bar. Guests also will find a variety of seafood dishes, such…

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May 31, 2015

Spreading the love with Korean classics, local favorites

Soonkil Chung celebrates 33 years of marriage to his wife, Chungae, in June, and proudly admits she’s an “awesome cook.” Well, last November Chungae opened Sadie’s BBQ Inn in Pearl City, giving everyone a chance to taste her amazing recipes. “She’s good at cooking everything, not just Korean food,” says Soonkil. “That’s one of the…

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A brunch spot that lives up to the hype

I have to admit, before I even arrived at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop in downtown Honolulu, my expectations already were high. Since opening last July, the hole-in-the-wall eatery has created quite a buzz around town. So, I was really excited to finally try this new restaurant created by local chef Brian Chan. From the…

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