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July 6, 2014

Pagoda keeps it nice and local

A few years ago, Pagoda Floating Restaurant expanded its hours and started offering sit-down service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving kamaaina and visitors even more reason to visit this landmark restaurant, known for its dinner and Sunday brunch buffets that have been a family-favorite, local tradition for the past 50 years. On the menu…

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June 29, 2014

Hy’s flies high with happy hour specials

Hy’s Steak House is one of those sure bet restaurants where you know the food, service and setting will all add up to an exceptional evening to remember. Known for its top-quality USDA prime steaks broiled over Hawaiian kiawe wood, Hy’s also offers a long list of tasty appetizers, specialty salads, fresh seafood, desserts and…

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The MAC daddy of comfort food

Since its opening 7 years ago, Mac 24/7 in Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel has become known for its tasty comfort foods, such as its No. 1 selling Mac Aloha Hawaiian combo plate, Chicken Fried Steak, Hawaiian Boneless Short Ribs, 7 Cheese White Mac & Cheese, and, of course, its famous pancakes. But for those looking…

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June 15, 2014

Mamma mia! Now this is a delicious little bite of Italy

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar in Waikiki may be located in the heart of Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiiian Center, but somehow while sitting in the restaurant’s courtyard I felt as if I had escaped into a little Italian fantasy. Created by famed New York restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and son Peter, Il Lupino has…

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Turning the big 5-0 in bourbon, barbecue style

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, The Kahala Hotel & Resort kicks off the summer with monthly beachside affairs starting with Blues, Bourbon and BBQ, happening Friday, June 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Priced at $50 per person ($30 for children ages 6 to 12), guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet-style menu created especially…

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June 1, 2014

Filipino food never tasted so good

Ask my kids what they want to eat, and they often will answer Filipino food. They are part Filipino (12.5 percent), and go to many Filipino eateries on the island. Their most favorite dish is fried pork, but some places serve it dry, with too much fat or oil, and they leave disappointed and still…

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May 25, 2014

Asahi debuts new dishes for patrons

If you’re craving local home-style comfort food, but don’t have the time or energy to cook it yourself, Asahi Grill on Ward Avenue is the place to go. The locally owned and operated ohana-style restaurant is casual and family-friendly. Known for its mix of local and Japanese fare, the menu is constantly expanding, giving customers…

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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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