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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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November 30, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: STONE CRAB CLAWS WITH JJ XO SAUCE ($19.95) JJ Bistro & French Pastry on Waialae Avenue is a gem of a restaurant in the heart of Kaimuki. Owned and operated by executive chef JJ Luangkhot, the award-winning bistro dishes out fusion cuisine that’s Parisian and Asian…

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November 23, 2014


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: UBE PANCAKES ($12) When it’s time to gather everyone together for a good meal, there’s no better place to bring friends and family than YogurStory. Conveniently located on Keeaumoku Street, this contemporary eatery boasts a cafe-like atmosphere with menu offerings that make mouths water. A popular favorite…

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Fairwood Drive-Inn & Hi Yip Cuisine

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Stir Fry Shanghai Shredded Beef ($12.50) Earlier this year, restaurant owner Tiffany Ko capitalized on Fairwood Drive-Inn & Ramen Diner, where local classics and healthy alternatives to ramen were on the menu. Nowadays, loyal patrons of the Kaimuki Shopping Center establishment can expect something new; the…

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November 2, 2014

Ocean House

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Ginger Steamed Monchong ($33.50) Ocean House wants nothing more than for its guests to feel right at home. Situated in Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel, this Waikiki establishment exudes casual elegance in its plantation-style dining room. Ocean House captivates all the senses with its classic…

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October 26, 2014

Chef Chai

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Oxtail a la Chai with Lemongrass Broth and Chinese Celery ($29 regular price, $15 during happy hour at the bar) You could say that for celebrity chef Chai Chaowasaree, his passion for cooking was instilled in him from an early age. Growing up in Bangkok, Thailand,…

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