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May 26, 2015

Five Star Shrimp

With the food truck scene still booming, Five Star Shrimp delivers a menu that exceeds the expectations of its small cooking quarters. The bright blue mobile kitchen, parked at the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki streets, stands out almost as much as the establishment’s delicious plate lunches. With the recent addition of its delivery services,…

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May 19, 2015


After making the switch from Pacific Rim fare to Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Japengo has never been better. Under the direction of chef Jon Matsubara, the Hyatt Regency restaurant now focuses on what’s locally available, appealing to tourists and locals alike. The word “extravagant” doesn’t even begin to describe Japengo’s menu, with dishes that call for…

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May 10, 2015

Il Lupino

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Linguine del Pescatore ($30; add 6-ounce Maine Roasted Lobster Tail for $19) Upon entering Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, you are immediately transported to a quaint Italian village, with moseying music, patio seating and alluring smells wafting from the kitchen. A glass wine cellar sits in…

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May 6, 2015

YuZu Ala Moana

Like the bright yellow citrus fruit, YuZu Ala Moana encompasses all that is fresh, vibrant and tasty. With menu items such as Lotus Root Pizza ($8.95), which features grilled lotus root smothered in four different types of cheese, and Temari Sampler ($14.95, 6 pieces), which includes round-shaped sushi, fashioned after the colorful temari ball of…

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April 27, 2015


Cafeteria-style eating may sometimes be thought of as lacking in quality and freshness, but at Ala Moana’s Iyo Udon, the establishment is all about bringing the freshest and most tasty foods to diners daily. Choose from a handful of made-to-order udon options, and travel down the line picking out Japanese-inspired a la carte goodies, like…

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April 19, 2015

Takoyaki Yama-chan

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Regular Takoyaki ($4.50-$9.80) The sound of drums ring out as a display of colorfully round edibles cook on a hot iron griddle. Each savory pancake-like morsel is turned over in a split-second under fast and skilled hands — a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach….

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April 12, 2015

Cajun King

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Combination #1 ($48) The lobster makes its way from Boston into the combo meal, sitting atop a heaping pile of crawfish, or “mini lobsters,” as they often are called. Tucked away in Windward City Shopping Center, a seafood oasis awaits, serving diners with endless choices of the…

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April 5, 2015

Asian Mix

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Tofu Homestyle ($9.50 regular price, $6.95 special price available through April 11) Situated on the bottom floor of Safeway on South Beretania Street, Asian Mix offers a wide variety of Asian and local fare to diners, including Japanese-style bentos and ramen, Chinese-style roasted meats and Taiwanese-influenced milk…

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March 29, 2015

Genki Sushi

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Spicy Tempura Roll ($5) Claiming the top tier of kaiten-style sushi establishments, Genki Sushi continues to send the freshest and most tasty fare around the conveyor belt. The local eatery presents affordable options and efficient service, and patrons are given the freedom to create their entire meal,…

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March 23, 2015

New Eagle Cafe

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Stuffed Cabbage ($12.50, only offered on the Thursday Special menu) If you’re a New Eagle Cafe veteran, you may recall the renovations that took place in November 2013. As the Nimitz Highway eatery’s ceilings and booths sparkle with luster, the food remains timelessly delicious. Locals are familiar with…

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