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September 14, 2014

Royal Thai Garden

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK,S HOUSE SPECIAL: LARB ($9.99) Traditional cuisine meets local flair at Royal Thai Garden in Ewa Beach. Emphasizing freshness and flavor is all part of the game for co-owner Irma Sayavong, and it isn’t hard to see why the establishment has been a hit with customers since it opened earlier…

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September 7, 2014

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: KALBI MEATLOAF ($14) In the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, a trendy, cozy Southern-inspired brunch bistro, has gained an avid following from breakfast lovers everywhere. Owner and executive chef Brian Chan expresses his creativity with an innovative menu centered on simple, rustic cuisine…

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August 31, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

JJ Bistro & French Pastry first opened its doors in 1995 in Aiea, and then four years later relocated to its current home in Kaimuki. Throughout the years, the establishment has developed a devout following thanks to owner and chef JJ Luangkhot, who has established himself in the restaurant industry with his decadent desserts and…

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August 24, 2014

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: MAMA’S TRIO ($21) Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Ala Moana Center’s Hookipa Terrace knows a thing or two about Italian cuisine. We’re talkin’ authentic Italian eats — that hearty, rustic goodness — straight from mama’s kitchen. To achieve such immaculate fare, chefs simply rely on the freshest ingredients…

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August 17, 2014

Fresco Italian Restaurant

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: Cacciucco di Mare ($39.95) Fresco Italian Restaurant gives patrons the opportunity to bask in the bountiful flavors of Italy without having to travel across the globe. Situated within Hilton Hawaiian Village in the heart of Waikiki, Fresco pays it forward with uniquely local nuances paired with…

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August 10, 2014

Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: Double Combo with Furikake Ahi and Salmon with Dill Butter ($14.95) Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood offers quite a catch with its made-to-order, island-style plate lunches with a gourmet twist. Earlier this year, this former food truck relocated to a spot in Ala Moana Center’s Makai…

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August 3, 2014

The Mandalay

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Shanghai Dumpling ($3.95 regular, $1 Saturday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August) It’s lunchtime, and The Mandalay on Alakea Street is packed with patrons conversing over authentic Cantonese fare within a clean and spacious atmosphere. The comprehensive menu is filled with tried and true favorites,…

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July 27, 2014

Hy’s Steak House

For the purist carnivores, Hy’s Steak House is an elite destination of choice, made famous for its mouthwatering, award-winning selection of USDA prime beef and kiawe-broiled steaks. Situated within Waikiki Park Heights Hotel, the restaurant traces its roots back to the 1960s, when the original establishment opened in Calgary, Canada. It wasn’t until about a…

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Happy Days Chinese Restaurant

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: CHICKEN CHOP SUEY ($10) There are many reasons to smile at Happy Days Chinese Restaurant in Kaimuki. Renowned for its Hong Kong-style cuisine and friendly service, this award-winning establishment takes home the prize for its assortment of dishes and ever-popular dim sum selection. Restaurant owner Lisa…

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July 6, 2014

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: WOLFGANG’S EGGS BENEDICT ($13.95) Since 2009, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse has made its presence known in Waikiki, as internationally-known restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener sets high standards for the establishment, in regards to cuisine, customer service and, of course, the overall dining experience. Kamaaina and visitors alike have created lasting memories…

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