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August 21, 2016

Merging two Manoa mainstays

Two of Manoa’s most beloved gems are joining forces at Treetops Restaurant. After Waioli Tea Room closed at the end of 2014, a lot of memories, history and delicious recipes were almost lost, until recently, when the staff at Treetops Restaurant decided to reintroduce some of Waioli’s popular dishes. This includes Waioli Chicken Curry Salad…

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August 21, 2016

Go ‘catch’ this Pokemon-inspired saimin

Shiro’s Saimin Haven is a home away from home for many island patrons who can’t resist the taste of the iconic restaurant’s classic local dishes. “We offer a little bit of everything; it’s basically a melting pot of Hawaiian cultures reflected in the food,” says general manager Bryce Fujimoto. “Besides our saimin, we are known…

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August 21, 2016

Here’s A Breakfast Of Champions

Everyone knows Wolfgang’s Steakhouse as the place to go for high-quality meat and all the traditional steak house fixings. But what you might not know is that it’s also a place to indulge in everyone’s favorite pastime: weekend brunch. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Among the selections are…

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I Only Have Eyes For Uni

Growing up, my experiences with sea urchin revolved around swimming in the ocean and trying to avoid stepping on those beautiful, long black and pink prongs of wana that poke out of every nook and cranny of the reef. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to see those spiky creatures in…

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August 14, 2016

Seafood, local faves fill Aiea buffet line

When it comes to all-you-can-eat buffets, Makino Chaya in Aiea has become an Island tradition for its great food, value and service. Locally owned and operated, the causal, family-friendly restaurant offers an extensive buffet menu of about 90 items, including many classic Japanese and American foods, as well as seafood and local dishes. There also…

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‘Meat up’ for all-you-can-eat yakiniku

New Shilawon Korean Restaurant manager Jandy Lee describes the food at her restaurant as “traditional, comfort Korean food; food that you eat when you visit your grandparents.” It is entirely fitting, then, that New Shilawon is a family affair. Jandy’s parents, Jae Keun and Young Sun Lee, own the restaurant and do the cooking while…

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August 14, 2016

Mixing Up The Classics

Vibrant and bold are perfect words to describe MAC 24/7 Bar & Restaurant. Everything from its food and interior design to its staff are bright, colorful and will leave you wanting more. As an added plus, every meal comes in a huge serving. Executive chef James Aptakin takes pride in keeping things fresh at the…

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August 14, 2016

The Best Recipe For Comfort

There’s always a nice feeling of coming home when visiting New Eagle Cafe located on Nimitz Highway. That comfort can be felt by guests at the eatery either because of the friendliness shown by the staff or the menu that’s loaded with local favorites — or, of course, a little bit of both. Although its…

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August 14, 2016

You can have it all

A good bento is all about balance, flavor and convenience, and Aja Sushi & Bento meets all three criteria in flying, tasty colors. The restaurant opened its third location at Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court two years ago, serving up local cuisine in plate lunches and bentos. Aja’s bentos, like the AjaPac ($11.59),…

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August 14, 2016

Taste The Sichuan Sizzle

For the love of all foods fiery red, explosive in flavor and tingly to the taste buds, Spicy Pavilion has got you covered. The newest addition to Chinatown Cultural Plaza, the restaurant is owned by Gary Tu, his wife Wendy Cheng and their daughter Qi Tu, who took the advice of friends and created a…

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