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September 14, 2014

Royal Thai Garden

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK,S HOUSE SPECIAL: LARB ($9.99) Traditional cuisine meets local flair at Royal Thai Garden in Ewa Beach. Emphasizing freshness and flavor is all part of the game for co-owner Irma Sayavong, and it isn’t hard to see why the establishment has been a hit with customers since it opened earlier…

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September 14, 2014

New delights you’ll fall for at Hy’s

Here in Hawaii, although we may not feel the physical effects of the changing seasons as noticeably as our Mainland counterparts, there are certainly other ways in which we commemorate the year’s progression. At Hy’s Steakhouse, where diners have enjoyed some of the country’s finest quality steaks and seafood dishes for decades, customers can look…

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Chinese classics can do no wrong

Here in the Islands, fusion cuisine is no rare sighting. Our knack for gastronomy and willingness to try new things make it easy for different countries to join forces and form a palatable menu. Sometimes as diners though, we hunger for the classics, a meal so authentic it immediately takes you to a specific land,…

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September 7, 2014

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: KALBI MEATLOAF ($14) In the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, a trendy, cozy Southern-inspired brunch bistro, has gained an avid following from breakfast lovers everywhere. Owner and executive chef Brian Chan expresses his creativity with an innovative menu centered on simple, rustic cuisine…

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August 31, 2014

Kicking off football season in a ‘Big’ way

With kids back in school and summer vacation but a mere memory, the start to another glorious football season is right around the corner. To prepare for the impending festivities, local favorite Big City Diner invites all to enjoy the game with some of the tastiest grinds on Oahu. “Around this time of year, we…

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August 31, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

JJ Bistro & French Pastry first opened its doors in 1995 in Aiea, and then four years later relocated to its current home in Kaimuki. Throughout the years, the establishment has developed a devout following thanks to owner and chef JJ Luangkhot, who has established himself in the restaurant industry with his decadent desserts and…

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Something for everyone

We all know that deciding where to eat can be a real struggle. Mom and Dad want Chinese food, but the kids are craving Japanese. “It’s a situation all too familiar to many families, which is why we decided to open up a restaurant that could satisfy a variety of tastes,” says Tiffany Ko, owner…

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August 24, 2014

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: MAMA’S TRIO ($21) Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Ala Moana Center’s Hookipa Terrace knows a thing or two about Italian cuisine. We’re talkin’ authentic Italian eats — that hearty, rustic goodness — straight from mama’s kitchen. To achieve such immaculate fare, chefs simply rely on the freshest ingredients…

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Where the locals go for Chinese fare

Although Waikiki may be stereotyped as a tourist attraction, many hidden gems in the bustling area have become a haven for both visitors and locals alike. Case in point: Seafood Village. Tucked away in Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa, this Cantonese-style restaurant brings some of China’s most authentic and appetizing dishes to the island….

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August 17, 2014

Fresco Italian Restaurant

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: Cacciucco di Mare ($39.95) Fresco Italian Restaurant gives patrons the opportunity to bask in the bountiful flavors of Italy without having to travel across the globe. Situated within Hilton Hawaiian Village in the heart of Waikiki, Fresco pays it forward with uniquely local nuances paired with…

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