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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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May 10, 2015

Go gluten-free, island style

When it comes to dining in Hawaii, there’s nothing better than an evening of tasty Island cuisine in a casual, elegant setting on world-famous Waikiki beach. At Ocean House in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, you get all of that and more. “You get the view, the food and the service — the best…

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May 6, 2015

Dishing out plate lunch goodness

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant introduces a new take-out menu with four different lunch plates at its Kaneohe location this week. Making the menu shine are Ahi Poke Plate ($9.55), Ichiriki Beef Plate ($9), Ichiriki Chicken Plate ($9) and Avocado Maguro Plate ($9). “All of these plates are based off of our appetizers,” notes assistant manager…

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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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