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New Starters are “Shor” to Be a Hit

There is something special about dining at Shor. The decor is modern and clean, the view of Waikiki Beach is stunning and the appetizers, oh my, they are tasty. And things keep getting even better. For the past few weeks and ending mid May, the menu at the seafood grill is undergoing a change that…

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April 21, 2013

Seared and Served in a New York Minute

It’s not easy being the chef, cook or server at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. The long history of outstanding food and fine service has created a level of expectation that demands nothing but a first rate dining experience. This is true whether ordering from the main, bar or appetizer menu. If it says “Wolfgang’s” it has to…

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April 14, 2013

Starters Defined By Decadence

The word to best describe the appetizers at Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa is “decadent.” Sure, fresh, light and flavorful all work as an accurate commentary on the menu, but none more accurately describes the richness and special nature of the chosen items. Beachhouse is a steakhouse with something extra….

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March 24, 2013

Starters Shine at Stage

A restaurant’s food should match its decor. Or is it the other way around? Either way, the pairing of ambiance and food sends an important message of uniformity and careful thought. The designers and chefs at Stage restaurant in Honolulu Design Center have figured it out. Just like the tables, lighting and artwork that accents…

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Starters to Write Home About

A look around the third-floor terrace at Hyatt Regency Waikiki and it becomes clear what the $13 million renovation has done. The open-air hotel, already visually appealing, is fresh and more modern. So are the restaurants that inhabit the area. “The whole concept of Shor is an American seafood restaurant using locally-produced and organically-grown items,”…

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March 3, 2013

Oh My, Pho My Lien!

The menu at Pho My Lien was brought to Hawaii by Tommy (My) Dang and his wife Lien, who decided to share their family recipes to the hungry diners of Honolulu. Good thing they did. Pho My Lien is simply an outstanding and affordable Vietnamese restaurant centered around fresh ingredients and friendly service. What more…

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February 24, 2013

Filipino Favorites to the Max

The first thing one notices upon entering Max’s of Manila is the customers. They seem to be in a rush to get a table. This is not because service is slow, it’s exceptional. Parking is plentiful and a few drops of mist isn’t going to alter anyone’s pace in a place celebrated for its slow…

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Starters for a Nice Day

To venture into Nice Day Chinese Restaurant during lunch or dinner is to be surrounded by boisterous diners clamoring for dishes both large and small. A line stretches out the door as the site of dim sum steamers and heaping plates of food go flying by and hungry patrons talk excitedly about the baskets piled…

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February 10, 2013

“Look at Me” Starters

Pagoda’s recent renovation includes more than new carpet, paint, tables, and most noticeably, a bar. The classic dining establishment also has committed itself to stuffing the menu with locally grown produce to go along with Hawaii-raised beef. In the food game, local is always better. A good example of this is the Big Island brisket…

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January 13, 2013

Ruth’s Starters: Parlay to Filet

The difference between a steakhouse steak and one from a restaurant that serves steak is often most evidenced by portion size. Steakhouses don’t do tiny and neither does Ruth’s Chris when it comes to appetizers. Yes, Honolulu, pupus can be both hearty and tasty. Starters at the famed Restaurant Row eatery are not just ample…

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