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February 22, 2015

Big City Diner

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Hawaiian Island Fresh Fish, BCD Style ($14.99 lunch, $19.99 dinner) Speaking of fresh, the fish featured will be bought at the auction, ensuring that it is locally caught, and will vary according to what is available. Pictured is ahi, encrusted with furikake and seared to perfection….

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February 15, 2015

Fresco Italian Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: COSTOLETTE DI AGNELLO ALLA GRIGLIA ($44.95, AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY, FEB. 16) Situated at Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Rainbow Bazaar, Fresco Italian Restaurant may be within walking distance for many tourists, but as scores of island locals are finding out, venturing to the Waikiki eatery is well worth the…

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February 8, 2015

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK A THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Sekiya’s Party Tray (price varies, as all items are sold a la carte) At Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, the keiki are as excited about the koi pond as the adults are about the food. A Kaimuki staple, Sekiya’s has been serving up local Japanese food…

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February 1, 2015

Prince Court

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flan ($7.50 per slice, $52 for a whole pie or otherwise included in all of the buffets) Amid the buffet spread at Prince Court of The Hawaii Prince Hotel, laden with fresh fish, copious amounts of “Eurasian” dishes and trays full of desserts and…

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January 25, 2015

Plumeria Beach House

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Pipikaula Reuben ($16, lunch only) When greeted by breathtaking oceanfront views at Kahala Hotel and Resort’s Plumeria Beach House, you almost forget why you’re there; but then the pleasant aroma of delicious cuisine entices your taste buds. The casually chic restaurant boasts a beautiful indoor and outdoor…

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January 11, 2015

Cake Works

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Gluten-free Mocha Macadamia Nut Cake ($18.95 for 6-inch, $30 for 8-inch) You could miss it, but you really don’t want to. Tucked away in a corner across from Hawaiian Humane Society, just before the freeway onramp, is Cake Works. And behind the cases filled with rainbow-colored French…

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January 4, 2015

Million Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Nagasaki Jjampong Ramen ($11.95 small, $18.95 large) Authenticity is something to be achieved in the world of food, but seeing that innovation also is trending, diners are on the lookout for eateries that offer both. Here to satisfy is Million Restaurant, providing traditional Korean food and new…

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December 28, 2014

Kenny’s Restaurant

A Closer Look at This Week’s House Special Taco Salad, an established and permanent dish on the menu ($11.99) Locals light up upon hearing the nostalgic name of local favorite Kenny’s Restaurant. Although it’s been 47 years since it opened in Kalihi’s Kamehameha Shopping Center, Kenny’s continues to provide quality food in a family-friendly atmosphere…

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December 21, 2014

Little Village Noodle House

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL Garlic Butter Kauai Steamed Prawns ($18.95 regular price, $15.95 special price, available for a limited time only) Experience the exotic flavors of China in the heart of Chinatown at Little Village Noodle House, where the menu boasts authentic Northern-style Chinese cuisine with a local touch. Patrons love…

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December 7, 2014


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Two Layered Osechi Box ($199 plus tax) Convenience, quality and authentic Japanese fare meld effortlessly at Mamaya. The Pearl Kai Shopping Center establishment specializes in Japanese-style bento boxes, and although they are pre-packaged, Mamaya replenishes its bentos frequently to guarantee freshness. Store manager Dan Kobayashi already is…

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