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April 12, 2015

Home-cooking just like Mom used to make

One sign that you’re at a good restaurant is the crowd. At Mama-Ya in Downtown Honolulu, which just opened March 16, the line is continuously out the door. But don’t worry, it moves fast. “Business has been booming since day one,” says manager Dan Kobayashi. “Our mission is to be the No. 1 bento place…

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April 5, 2015

Breakfast is best all day, every day

Since 1974, late risers and breakfast lovers have counted on Eggs ‘n Things to feed their breakfast cravings — not just in the morning, but throughout the day and night, too. A few years ago, the iconic Waikiki eatery expanded to Ala Moana and added more items to its menu, including some that are exclusive…

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March 29, 2015

A pizza pie, that’s amore

For nearly two decades, Kaimuki’s Boston Pizza has been luring customers in with its hand-stretched, traditional Italian-American-style pizza. “Our whole focus is on the product,” says owner Shawn Rubert, noting that the landmark Kaimuki eatery celebrates 20 years next year. “We make sure we have the original dough, and the dough is one of the…

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March 23, 2015

Let them eat cake

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is the fun, decorated treats and desserts. But why wait for a special occasion? Sometimes you just need to fill those sweet cravings no matter what day of the year it is. At Cake Works, customers will drool over col-orful French macarons ($2 each) available daily in…

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Don’t worry, be Happy

There’s no doubt that good food paired with great service equals a happy customer. Well, that’s exactly what Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Kaimuki delivers. Conveniently located at the corner of Waialae and 11th avenues, Happy Days opened for business in August 2001 and has since become a landmark neighborhood Chinese Restaurant. Serving authentic…

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Top-notch roast pork, pupu party platters for the win

If you ever wondered what happened to the landmark Kwok’s Chop Suey in Kaimuki, it’s still there. Well, sort of. It’s now known as Hung Won Seafood Restaurant, renamed by the Lee family who took over the restaurant in the mid 1990s and eventually sold it in 2013. The establishment changed ownership once more before…

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March 1, 2015

The choice is yours at Camellia Buffet

For the past 28 years, Camellia Buffet has been a popular place for all-you-can-eat yakiniku-style favorites. Its large dining room and separate private room (that seats 24 to 30 people) makes it a great choice for family gatherings or parties. Locally owned and operated by sister and brother June Ha and Kenji Kim, Camellia Buffet…

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February 22, 2015

Nutritious food that’s ‘GRYLT’ to perfection

I often hear people say they want to eat healthier, but it’s just too difficult. I understand. We’re all so busy with work and family, that these days many of our eating habits are based on convenience. Well, GRYLT has made healthy eating very simple. Its casual, fast-food-style set up is convenient, and the food…

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February 15, 2015

New chef puts modern twist on top-of-the-line cuisine

Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai welcomes a new executive chef to its team. Edmond Kwok, a local boy who grew up in the restaurant business and has more than 15 years of culinary experience, started just a few weeks ago but has already brought much excitement to the kitchen, and has made noticeable…

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February 8, 2015

An extra helping of New Year’s good luck

In celebration of Chinese New Year Feb. 19, Canton Seafood Restaurant is offering special deals on some of its most popular dishes throughout the month. Jai (on special for $9.99, regular price $11.99) is among the many traditional dishes enjoyed on Chinese New Year. This vegetarian dish is full of symbolic good-luck ingredients such as…

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