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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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December 7, 2014 ,

Christmas Stollen is Here to Stay

Ah, my most favorite time of year is finally here! The chill in the air warms my heart, as it calls for a wonderful holiday full of hot toddies and snuggles, along with a mug of hot cocoa and Christmas stollen. Yes, stollen. Highly regarded as the “Christmas Cake of Germany,” stollen has staying power….

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November 30, 2014

Comforting local fare takes flight

New Eagle Cafe has cultivated a tradition of serving up quality, local comfort food since the 1950s — a tradition that current owner Tae Im has been continuing for the last couple of years. Im got his start working at his family’s restaurant, which specialized in Korean fare. “I wanted to strike out on my…

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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 30, 2014

‘L’ marks the spot for good eats

We all know L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. It’s the destination for fast-food local style. But did you know L&L goes the extra mile and makes its meals from scratch? Couple this with quick service and reasonable prices, and it’s no wonder people can’t get enough. The eatery’s varied menu also means there’s something for everyone. If…

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November 30, 2014

Testing the tasty waters at Canton Seafood

Cruising up to Canton Seafood on Keeaumoku Street, I have to admit I was more than a bit confused, and admittedly glanced down at the address on my agenda just to be sure I’d strolled up to the correct Canton. But no, the street and number was an exact match, and lucky for me, I…

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November 30, 2014

It’s prime time for delectable roasted meats

If you arrive at Asian Mix for lunch by around 1 p.m. on any given day, there’s a good chance the haven for fresh Chinese, Japanese and local-style eats might already be sold out of some of its most popular offerings — soft, succulent and tender roasted meats exploding with flavor. “People have gotten to…

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November 30, 2014 ,

Sausage is the Missing Link

Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Now, it’s day three of leftovers — turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, yams, pumpkin pie — you name it, it’s probably in the fridge. Stuffing is my main dish. No joke. Why? Because of the chunks of Italian and Portuguese sausage, which stand…

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November 23, 2014

Go ahead and start with Scratch

Every now and then, a new restaurant pops up that everyone seems to be talking about — the latest of which surely is Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shop. Opened just a few months ago, Scratch has attracted quite a bit of buzz — and understandably so. For starters, owner and chef Brian Chan is the…

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November 23, 2014

Cajun-style seafood makes a splash

When Cajun King opened in Aiea’s Waimalu Shopping Center last year, the Cajun-inspired seafood boil eatery ignited the neighborhood with its refreshing way to enjoy seafood. In addition to the family-friendly fun the restaurant offers by way of bibs, gloves, hands-on dining and a roaring-good time, Cajun King has been welcomed by patrons in the…

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