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November 20, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Signature Coconut Curry Opah ($28) There’s a space in Lotus Honolulu — a chic, intimate hotel at the end of Waikiki (once The W Hotel) — where most will remember the former Bobby Mc-Gee’s or W Nightclub. Many may have even wondered over the years, “What ever…

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November 13, 2016

Makino Chaya

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Prime Rib (part of Thanksgiving buffet: $26.98 lunch, $37.98 dinner) On any given day, Makino Chaya is packed with generations of diners. Families come Monday-Thursday for the Early Bird Special from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and pay $22.98 (regular dinner price is $32.98) for a deliciously diverse…

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November 6, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Shokado Bento ($25-$100, for orders of 10 or more) Apristine shop with neatly placed items and a friendly staff that greets customers with a spirited “irrashaimase!” — “welcome” in Japanese — comes with a ton of surprises. Not only is J-Shop a convenient store stocked with Japanese…

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October 30, 2016

Harbor Restaurant At Pier 38

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Seafood Paella ($30) Pier 38 off Nimitz Highway offers a plethora of good eats, specifically of the seafood variety, with well-noted restaurants such as Nico’s Pier 38 and Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill serving up fresh ocean dishes in a lively environment. With an abundance of local…

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October 23, 2016

Pattaya Thai

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Crispy Rice Salad ($11.99 lunch, $12.95 dinner) and Thai Coffee ($3 lunch, $4 dinner) Thai culture can easily be found throughout local restaurant Pattaya Thai, with patrons getting a first glance of it in the genuine, friendly hospitality shown by owner Ratchanee “Yuri” Senckowske and her staff….

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October 16, 2016

Franky Fresh

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: The Fresh Prince burger ($15.50) with a Cap’n Crunch milkshake ($7.49) Nostalgia conjures up feelings and thoughts of returning to a different moment in life — often times, a better one. And what could be better than the golden era of hip-hop (think ’80s and ’90s)? Kaimuki’s…

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October 9, 2016

Cafe Lani Hawaii

If you look to one corner of Cafe Lani Hawaii, you’ll see an area fit for the perfect picnic, with bench seating and an open window that brings in natural sunlight. In the mid-section of the bakery and restaurant, the scene is set up like a forest with wood detailing and tall tree-like configurations positioned…

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October 2, 2016

Kam Bowl Restaurant

Food does more than just sustain people; it brings comfort and security — which is especially true in Hawaii, and applies to many of the longtime businesses here in the Islands. With the closing of Kenny’s Restaurant in Kamehameha Shopping Center, the surrounding community directly felt the heartbreaking loss. Having lost such a significant part…

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September 25, 2016

Rokaru Shabu Shabu

It’s no news that hot pot and shabu shabu eateries are booming right now. In fact, the recent craze over boiling pots of savory broths and the cook-your-own-food trend continue to run food scenes across the globe — including here in Hawaii. One restaurant in particular hopes to stand out from the rest. Rokaru Shabu…

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September 18, 2016

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

As colorful koi swim gracefully through the water surrounding Pagoda Floating Restaurant, and lush trees sway in the breeze, customers are treated to a rare sight of thriving life in the middle of Honolulu’s concrete jungle. And if the view isn’t enough, try the establishment’s buffet of locally inspired food, including different variations of the…

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