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May 18, 2014

A food culture of its own

People’s Cafe on Pali Highway (near Longs Drugs and Safeway) has always been known for its simple, tasty Hawaiian food. But when co-owner Tomas Ventura took over the restaurant in 2004, the restaurant also became popular for its Filipino fare, which he’s added to the menu along with other local favorites and a breakfast menu….

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May 11, 2014

It all adds up to good eats at 3660

Since opening 22 years ago, 3660 on the Rise has continued to grow its following of loyal customers who keep coming back for their favorite dishes, including items that have been offered since day one. Among the original menu items that are still very popular are Potato Crusted Crab Cake ($12.95) and Pudding on a…

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May 4, 2014

When hunger strikes: Next stop Zippy’s

Still figuring out your Mother’s Day plans? Why not take Mom to everyone’s favorite place — Zippy’s? The atmosphere is comfortable, the food is consistently good and it’s a family-friendly restaurant. Zippy’s will put a smile on Mom’s face: and if Mom is happy, everyone’s happy. And Zippy’s presents a special Mother’s Day menu to…

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New beginnings for Chinese food favorite

Hung Won Seafood Restaurant in Kaimuki has been a neighborhood favorite since the 1980s (originally called Kwok’s Chop Suey before it changed ownership and was renamed to Hung Won in 1995). However, the restaurant recently changed ownership again, with the new owners offering some new flavors and a slightly new look. “We heard the owner…

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A Perfect Pairing of Italian Fare and Japanese Flair

Mimasuya Italiano of Kyoto is a traditional Italian restaurant, but with a Japanese twist. On the menu are classic Italian dishes including pasta and risotto, however popular Japanese ingredients such as uni, kabocha, sansyo peppers and various Japanese seasonings and sauces are incorporated into the dishes as well. “Japanese fusion is integrated into our appetizers…

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April 13, 2014

Pearl’s Korean BBQ Shines Bright

Growing up in a family of restaurateurs, brothers Mike and Jim Hickey have taken the knowledge they’ve inherited to create their own successful restaurant chain known as Pearl’s Korean BBQ. Since opening their first location in Pearlridge in 1999, they’ve expanded to Kahala Mall, Ewa Beach Laulani Village Shopping Center and most recently, Ward Centre…

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April 6, 2014

Beary Good News for Bob’s Diner

The news is spreading, and, yes, it’s true. Bob’s Big Boy in Mapunapuna has reopened, but under a different name and in a different location. Now called Bob’s Big Bear Diner and located in Waipahu, the restaurant may not look the same, but don’t worry. Bob’s Big Bear actually has the same menu, concept and…

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March 30, 2014

YogurStory in the Making

It’s always a good sign when another restaurateur frequents your restaurant. Sean Saiki, who owns several local businesses including Tsunami’s on South King Street, Blazin’ Steaks in Windward Mall and Raging Crab, was a longtime regular at YogurStory on Keeaumoku Street. So when he heard the owner was thinking of selling the popular eatery, he…

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March 23, 2014

Get it While it’s Hot at Hee Hing

For five decades, Hee Hing Restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue has become a local tradition for delicious Chinese cuisine, Hong Kong-style dim sum and large banquet parties. Locally family-owned and operated, the landmark restaurant recently announced that it will be undergoing extensive renovations starting April 15 and is expected to be closed for at least six…

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Temple Shares Celebratory Fare

Wat Lao Sithammaram of Hawaii, a Laos buddhist temple in Waipahu, celebrates its newly renovated building with special events Friday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to midnight and Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend, receive blessings and enjoy many traditional Lao foods. The food, which is free…

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