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March 8, 2016

Zippy’s Restaurants

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: KOKUA PAC ($8.45 takeout; $9.50 restaurant) When you’re craving some appetizing local comfort food, you simply can’t go wrong with longtime island favorite Zippy’s Restaurants. The next time you visit one of its convenient locations, you can take a bite out of its Kokua Pac and eat…

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March 1, 2016

Formaggio Wine Bar

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Barbecue Pork Belly Pizza ($15.50) If a quiet night in doesn’t suit you at the moment, opt for a delicious and lively night out at Formaggio Wine Bar. In addition to offering more than 60 different wines by the glass, the Kaimuki eatery makes for a perfect…

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February 23, 2016

Hot Pot Heaven

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Thai ($9.99) and Mushroom ($10.99) broths with appetizing accompaniments Aiea town recently has become even more hot pot-friendly. After debuting a little more than two weeks ago, the second Hot Pot Heaven location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center already is satisfying hungry customers. Once frequent visitors to…

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February 16, 2016

Chai’s Waikiki Hawaiian Fusion

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Ho Farms Heirloom Cherry Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad ($12) Tucked away at Canterbury Place along Ala Moana Boulevard is Chai’s Waikiki Hawaiian Fusion. Formerly known as Sing-ha Thai Cuisine, chef Chai Chaowasaree opened his newest establishment there just three months ago. All of Chaowasaree’s dishes are easily…

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February 9, 2016

Bella Bistro

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Oven Roasted Garlic Shrimp ($25) If you’re in Kailua town, you’re likely to find the delectable oasis Bella Bistro. Since opening in July 2013, the inviting eatery has been serving up the freshest of local ingredients, fused with an appetizing Mediterranean twist. Chef and co-owner David Kaminski…

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February 2, 2016

Tony Roma’s

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Star-Studded Sampler ($28.99) If you’re looking for a family-friendly spot to enjoy finger-lickin’ fare, Tony Roma’s has you covered. Patrons can visit the Waikiki location, a longstanding resident since 1981, or the second branch in Aiea, both of which serve up the best in barbecue favorites to…

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Luibueno’s Mexican and Latin Cuisine

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Paella Valenciana ($28) After a day of enjoying the North Shore’s rolling waves and stunning sunsets, nothing beats a plate of muy bueno food from Luibueno’s Mexican and Latin Cuisine. Taryn Silva and husband Luis started Luibueno’s as a catering business in 2004 before expanding with a…

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January 19, 2016

Izakaya Restaurant Ko

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Omelet Rice Beef Stew Sauce ($11.50) Casual dining has been turned up a notch on Waialae Avenue, where Izakaya Restaurant Ko caters to dinner and late-night temptations. The cozy and charming Kaimuki hot spot is the sister eatery of Rinka Restaurant, and it opened in October of…

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January 11, 2016

Kogi Aina

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Shabu shabu broths: Kogi Aina Shoyu House and Oxtail ($4.95 per broth) The Windward side of Oahu has added a dash of shabu-shabu goodness to the neighborhood. Opened just last month, Kogi Aina aims to bring more Korean flair to the hot-pot scene in Kaneohe. This new,…

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January 5, 2016

Aja Sushi & Bento

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Two-choice Plate ($11.99) What started off 15 years ago as a small downtown shop now is an eclectic eatery that offers a menu anyone can enjoy. Aja Sushi & Bento has a total of three locations: Makai Market Food Court at Ala Moana Center, on the third…

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