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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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October 5, 2014

Bite-size delights pay homage to the Islands

While Hawaii may do its fair share of importing ingredients from far away places, the archipelago state does boast an impressive flavor profile of its own. Unique, tropical fruits and exotic ingredients are widespread, from high-end to hole-in-the-wall restaurants. So, of course, it was exciting when Hokulani Bake Shop released its newest creation Okinawan Sweet…

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September 28, 2014

Seoul Garden unveils buffet trifecta

Whoever said “less is more” probably has never tried Korean-style yakiniku before — certainly not at Seoul Garden Yakiniku, where copious amounts of beef, pork and chicken, seasoned to perfection, grill all day long. So, it comes as no surprise that diners are thrilled, as the restaurant’s owner Yun Hee Im added three new yakiniku…

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September 21, 2014

Not your average cafe

Back in the day, coffee shops were a pretty simple operation, with menus consisting of little more than a handful of caffeinated drinks and some pastry goods. So when Kissaten Coffee Bar, whose name means “coffee shop” in Japanese, opened four years ago in Honolulu, the upscale eatery took Oahu’s dining scene by storm. “In…

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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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