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Steaks that never go out of style

Last year, Ala Moana Hotel welcomed The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood to its 36th floor, the fine-dining landmark that once was home to Nicholas Nickolas and Aaron’s. Locally owned and operated by Peter Kim of Yummy Restaurant Group, The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood is a classic American steak house that specializes in aged…

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November 30, 2014

Japanese-inspired Chinese food

Ten years ago, Atsushi Fukuda moved to Hawaii from Japan to open a food concession in Shirokiya called Usagiya offering traditional and local-style bentos and okazu. The food booth has been very popular, but he really missed eating chukaya or Chinese food as it’s made in Japan, noting there weren’t any restaurants like that here…

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November 23, 2014

Bar food is grand at Brandy’s

For the past 28 years, Brandy’s Bar & Grill in Aiea has been a popular place to meet for a drink, play darts or pool, and watch sports games aired live on TV. The eatery also is known for its tasty food, including burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and a long list of pupus. “It’s kind…

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November 16, 2014

Wailana brings the ‘wow’ factor

Since its opening almost 50 years ago, Wailana Coffee House continues to be a favorite for locals and visitors from around the world. Conveniently located on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road, across from Hilton Hawaiian Village, the landmark, family-friendly eatery offers an extensive menu of local-style food and American classics, including…

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November 2, 2014

Blue Water’s bounty of gourmet creations

Step inside the newly renovated Makai Market in Ala Moana Center, and it’s easy to see that Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market is among the most popular in the busy food court. “We’re one of the top grossing places here,” confirms general manager Marshall Sakaguchi. “We’re also the most sought out by tourists.” Previously…

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October 26, 2014

Memories made at Zia’s

Since its opening in 2001, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe has been our go-to place for many special occasions. Conveniently located around the corner from our old office, we often celebrated co-workers’ birthdays there, or walked over as a group for its daily lunch specials. A few years ago, we relocated to Kakaako, and Zia’s is…

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October 19, 2014

Rock and roll to the Kozo beat

I’m all about convenience. So, when I’m in need of a quick lunch or dinner, by myself or with my family; I think sushi and bentos. They’re easy to eat, tasty and there’s always something for everyone. One of my go-to places is Kozo Sushi, which has many locations throughout the island, including one near…

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October 12, 2014

Asian Mix boasts diverse taste and flair

When you can pay continuous visits to a restaurant and not get tired of it, you know it’s good. One of the few eateries on that list for me is Asian Mix. I’m there every week, picking up lunch, dinner and my must-have milk tea from its Tea Time counter. Its name, Asian Mix, is…

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October 5, 2014

Sit back, relax and enjoy W Bistro at 1010

My girlfriends and I love going to new, trendy places to eat and catch up. The problem is that we usually end up being the last ones in the restaurant, and feel bad when we realize the wait staff is … well, waiting. So, I love the slogan of the new W Bistro at 1010…

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September 28, 2014

Raging seafood that’s quite a catch

If I could, I would eat crab every day. There’s just no other food that compares (except for maybe lobster) to that sweet, tender and juicy meat. My favorite part is to break open the pinchers, and then dip the meat in garlic butter sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Since 2012,…

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