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December 15, 2014

Irresistibly Italian

Surrounded by the lush greenery and towering mountains of Kaneohe, Zia’s Caffe is like something out of a painting. Its resemblance to an Italian trattoria is unmistakable and instantly charms. Inside, Zia’s walls are lined with vintage-inspired art that continues to transport diners to another place and time. But for all its whimsical appeal, what…

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December 7, 2014

‘Fusion food’ that dazzles at Formaggio

At Formaggio Wine Bar there’s an intimate atmosphere for diners looking to indulge in an extensive selection of libations and unforgettable food. Wine aficionados can choose from more than 80 vino offerings, as well as an eclectic menu of eats that owner Niraj Maskey aptly describes as “fusion food.” The restaurant’s curry, for instance, is…

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November 30, 2014

Little Village’s evolving flavors

Little Village Noodle House, the side street Chinese restaurant, has a long and celebrated history of being a secret Chinatown gem. Underrated it is not — its bedecked walls boast various awards and recognition. This holiday season, Little Village continues its quest to update Chinese food to local palates with a special winter set menu…

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Hong Kong delicacies for the holidays

Shopping can work up quite an appetite, and lucky for the weary holiday hunters, Jade Dynasty serves up dim sum and Chinese favorites. Located in Ala Moana Center’s Hookipa Terrace, the restaurant is flanked by two iron horses, and the glass portal doorway gives way to a spacious dining room with elaborate Hong Kong-style decor….

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November 16, 2014

Tin Hut BBQ commands attention

As a military worker who grew up hosting barbecues across the Mainland, Frank Diaz dreamed of starting his own barbecue business one day. So it came as no surprise when he launched Tin Hut BBQ, a barbecue-inspired food truck, after relocating to the Islands. “After a few years working here, I transitioned over as a…

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November 9, 2014

Happiness is on the rise

As one of the island’s premier neighborhoods for dining, Kaimuki was abuzz last month, when 3660 on the Rise welcomed the launch of its first happy hour menu. “Many years ago, we had Martini Night Wednesdays, in which diners could enjoy premium drinks and appetizers at a reasonable price,” says chef Lydell Leong. “We wanted…

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November 2, 2014

Giving thanks at Hy’s

Ever since Hy’s Steakhouse began hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner, locals and visitors agree that this traditional family meal has never felt more regal. Intertwining high-quality service with a charming aesthetic vis-a-vis an English men’s club, the steakhouse once again welcomes all to take part in this year’s special prix-fixe menu Thursday, Nov. 27. “For…

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October 26, 2014

Kaneohe reels in quite a catch

Soon after the launch of Cajun King in Waimalu, it was apparent that co-owners Tony Siakkhasone Lai and Jay Chen had stumbled upon something great. “People started coming from all over the island, so it felt natural to expand,” explains Lai, who opened the restaurant’s second location in Kaneohe last month. Specializing in Cajun-style seafood…

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October 19, 2014

Shiro’s recipes stand the test of time

After nearly five decades in operation, Shiro’s Saimin Haven boasts a menu that reads unlike any other. With nearly 70 different types of saimin alone, the eatery offers truly endless options of local favorites. Founded by the late Franz Shiro Matsuo, known by locals simply as “Mistah Saimin,” Shiro’s invites all to try the classics…

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October 12, 2014

To sushi and beyond at Genki

Got sushi on the brain? Genki Sushi has you covered. And, with more than 13 locations across the island and 200 different items on the menu, the popular chain offers so much more than its name implies. “We take a lot of pride in the dishes we put out, and a big part of that…

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