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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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Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Seafood in a Taro Basket ($9.95) One thing that chefs of Chinese cuisine have mastered is offering a full-sensory experience. At Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown, heavenly aromas draw diners in first. Then, the pleasingly bright colors of the dishes continue to attract them. Finally, the…

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September 4, 2016

Kahai Street Kitchen

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Opakapaka ($11.25 special, $13.75 regular) Note: The Opakapaka plate will be sold at the special price throughout the month of September — so get yours now! If you didn’t know, Kahai Street Kitchen has moved! The be loved eatery, which serves up gourmet local plate lunches, as…

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August 21, 2016

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: “Milk and Cereal” Pancakes ($10) There are so many elements that build upon Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop’s cool-factor. Like a perfected recipe, the eatery has a collection of well-thought-out “ingredients” that make it truly special, including a collective music playlist that spews out classics from Al…

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August 14, 2016

Teishoku Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Broiled Misoyaki Butterfish Teishoku ($12.95) The beauty of teishoku, or set meals, presents itself in each refined dish that is placed before diners. One part of the set can be a handful of pickled radish, or takuan, and another, steamy miso soup. The elegance of this traditional…

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